NI focuses on innovation to assist engineers

Test and measurement company NI made several announcements — focusing on innovation to assist engineers — today.

LabVIEW NXG 1.0 is the first release of the LabVIEW engineering system design software. LabVIEW NXG bridges the gap between configuration-based software and custom programming languages.
LabVIEW NXG 1.0“Thirty years ago, we released the original version of LabVIEW, to help engineers automate their measurement systems without having to learn the esoterica of traditional programming languages,” said Jeff Kodosky, NI cofounder and business and technology fellow.

The 1.0 release of LabVIEW NXG helps engineers performing benchtop measurements increase their productivity with new nonprogramming workflows to acquire and iteratively analyze measurement data.

These nonprogramming workflows simplify automation by building the code behind the scenes. For instance, engineers can drag and drop a section of code equivalent to 50 lines of text-based code.

NI released two new multislot Ethernet chassis — cDAQ-9185 and cDAQ-9189 introduce new time-based synchronization built on the latest Ethernet standards.
NI cDAQ-9185The cDAQ-9185 and cDAQ-9189 provide tight time synchronization with Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) to simplify and improve scalability of synchronized, distributed systems.

“These new chassis automatically synchronize measurement data using network-based time. This allows accurate synchronization over long distances, which greatly simplifies customer setup and systems management of high-channel-count and distributed systems,” said Todd Walter, chief marketing manager of the DAQ and embedded lead user team at NI.

The new CompactDAQ chassis are equipped to meet the current and emerging needs of distributed test and measurement applications, delivering high-performance, rugged DAQ systems that can acquire data from highly distributed sensors.

NI announced a series of 28 GHz radio heads for the mmWave Transceiver System. This combination creates the first commercially available full transceiver of its kind that can transmit and/or receive wide-bandwidth signals of up to 2 GHz of bandwidth in real time, covering spectrum from 27.5 GHz to 29.5 GHz.
NI mmWave transceiver systemThe mmWave Transceiver System software defined radio (SDR) and application-specific software offer a complete and comprehensive starting point for 5G measurement and research addressing both the 3GPP and Verizon 5G specifications.

The mmWave Transceiver System can operate as either an access point or user device in any over-the-air testing scenario.

Users can develop mmWave communication prototyping systems or perform channel measurements using the same system. The software works with the previously released radio heads for 71–76 GHz, so users can easily adapt their mmWave Transceiver System to 28 GHz by changing the RF radio heads.

“The new 28 GHz mmWave Transceiver System has been a key technology for many participants in our RF/Communications lead user program,” said James Kimery, director of RF research and SDR marketing at NI.

The new radio heads include the mmRH-3642, mmRH-3652 and mmRH-3602.

NI said its new ATE Core Configurations deliver core mechanical, power and safety infrastructure to help users accelerate the build of automated test systems in industries ranging from semiconductor and consumer electronics to aerospace and automotive.
NI ATE Core Configurations
ATE Core Configurations help simplify the design, procurement, assembly, and deployment of smarter test systems at a lower cost and shorter time to market by empowering test organizations with a platform for standardization.

“Building a test system is a difficult job – one that even the best organizations spend many months accomplishing purely because of the number of components, suppliers and interoperability challenges present,” said Luke Schreier, director of automated test product marketing at NI.