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National Instruments Releases Industry's First Comprehensive Suite of Measurement Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003

National Instruments Releases Industry's First Comprehensive Suite of Measurement Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003
Measurement Studio 7.0 Incorporates NI Software Platform Developments to Speed I/O Integration

NIWeek, Aug. 14, 2003 -- National Instruments today announced Measurement Studio 7.0, a comprehensive suite of native classes and controls for developing measurement and automation applications in Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003. The classes and controls simplify I/O integration and user interface creation, dramatically reducing development time for engineers and scientists using Visual Studio .NET 2003.

"Measurement Studio 7.0 helps transform Microsoft Visual Basic .NET, Visual C# .NET and Visual C++ .NET programming languages into efficient, measurement-specific tools," said Prashant Sridharan, senior product manager for the developer and platform evangelism division at Microsoft Corp. "Sophisticated instrument I/O management, code-generating measurement assistants and fully native integration into the Visual Studio .NET 2003 environment help engineers easily create applications without learning a new programming paradigm."

Measurement Studio 7.0 features the Instrument I/O Assistant and the DAQ Assistant, significant innovations recently introduced in the NI software platform. The Instrument I/O Assistant simplifies and dramatically speeds instrument control in the Visual Studio .NET 2003 environment through interactive I/O connectivity to GPIB, USB, Serial, VXI and other traditional instruments. Engineers use this code-generating assistant to easily prototype instrument control systems. In addition, engineers who have existing VXIplug&play, IVI or legacy instrument drivers can protect their investments by using the Measurement Studio Instrument Driver Wizard to integrate their instruments with Visual Studio .NET 2003 without rewriting the drivers.

The DAQ Assistant provides interactive access to the new NI-DAQ 7 API, the redesigned NI data acquisition interface that features multithreaded capabilities, DMA data transfers and improved synchronization to speed performance by a factor of 10 to 20 times for concurrent and single-point I/O. Using the DAQ Assistant, engineers add custom timing, scaling and triggering into their data acquisition tasks while the assistant automatically generates customizable .NET or C++ source code.

"The interactive Instrument I/O and DAQ Assistants enabled me to efficiently combine GPIB instrumentation with my data acquisition measurements in Visual Studio .NET 2003 by generating more than 1,700 lines of robust, object-oriented .NET source code," said Dave Rosenthal, director of software engineering at Flextronix Test.

For professional presentation of measurement data, Measurement Studio 7.0 includes user interface controls for the Microsoft .NET Framework, including graphs, knobs and buttons. With these pre-built controls, engineers display measurement data in a fraction of the time. Engineers also can use the Measurement Studio DataSocket .NET library to present lossless measurement data over a network. This new library supports all intrinsic Common Language Runtime (CLR) data types, Windows Forms data binding and serialization for the .NET Framework.

NI continues to support development in Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0 by shipping ActiveX Visual Basic controls and Visual C++ 6.0 tools with the newest version of Measurement Studio. For more information on Measurement Studio 7.0, readers can visit www.ni.com/swf/mstudio/us/launch.htm.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation -- a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for customers worldwide through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

Readers may obtain investment information from the company's investor relations department at (512) 683-5090, by sending e-mail to nati@ni.com or on the Web at www.ni.com/nati.

Pricing and Contact Information
NI Measurement Studio 11500 N Mopac Expwy, Austin, Texas 78759-3504
Priced from $495
Tel: (800) 258-7022, Fax: (512) 683-9300
Web: www.ni.com/mstudio E-mail: info@ni.com