NI Instrument Driver Network Reaches 10,000 Drivers for Automating Stand-Alone Instrumentation
- NI's Instrument Driver Network (IDNet), the industry's largest collection of free open-source instrument drivers, has reached over 10,000 instrument drivers for automating more than 100 instrument types from over 350 instrument vendors including Agilent, Tektronix, Keithley, Rohde & Schwarz, Anritsu and LeCroy.
- NI also offers the LabVIEW Instrument Driver Development Studio, a free tool that saves time and ensures consistency when developing LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers to automate stand-alone instrumentation.
- By combining the power of LabVIEW software and IDNet instrument-specific drivers, engineers can create reusable measurement solutions to meet evolving needs.
AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced that the NI Instrument Driver Network (IDNet) has reached a new milestone of 10,000 instrument drivers for automating stand-alone instrumentation. From IDNet, you can access free, NI-certified instrument driver downloads for NI LabVIEW system design software, NI LabWindows™/CVI and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET. IDNet instrument drivers simplify instrument control across a variety of buses including GPIB, USB, PXI, PCI, Ethernet, LXI and RS232.
NI also released a free tool for creating LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers called LabVIEW Instrument Driver Development Studio, so engineers can easily develop their own drivers and upload them to IDNet. LabVIEW Instrument Driver Development Studio provides a powerful and flexible platform that speeds up development through functional SCPI command templates for common instrument types and automatically generates LabVIEW source code for the instrument. Engineers can easily develop consistent instrument drivers by loading and modifying the source code from an existing driver and create sophisticated driver architectures with the drag-and-drop interactive user interface. NI can then certify the instrument driver to verify that it meets established standards.
"We typically check the NI Instrument Network for instrument driver availability prior to selecting equipment for purchase because we are well aware of the amount of development time lost when creating drivers ourselves," said Ernest Clifford, senior systems engineer at Alpha Research and Technology. "If the equipment manufacturer has a LabVIEW driver available, we'll always select that device over one that does not have a LabVIEW instrument driver."
"For over 20 years, NI has been the industry's preferred provider for free open-source LabVIEW Plug and Play instrument drivers," said Ray Almgren, vice president of core platforms product marketing at National Instruments. "We are thrilled that IDNet now provides over 10,000 instrument drivers for automating stand-alone instrumentation."
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