It's great to be back in Austin Texas for the annual National Instruments NIweek conference.
Today is the first official day of the conference, where the largest ever audience (3300 people!) will be introduced to the latest products, trends, markets, and emerging technologies.
We kicked things off at Alliance Day yesterday, where the day's keynote and sessions are dedicated to NI's partner network. DMC has been a part of the NI Alliance Partner network for close to 15 years, and it was great to interact with the technical and strategic staff as well as network with other integrators. We also got a sneak peek at new products.
Speaking of which, my favorite so far is the new dual-core compactRIO controller. The 1.33GHz controller launches the cRIO platform into capabilities that start to rival the powerhouse PXI platform for automated test, control, and measurement. We're going to have fun with these things, I can see it already.
Other notable new products include a CAN for compactDAQ, new motion controllers for cRIO, 4-channel SMU, a 14GHz RF analyzer, and dedicated test hardware for smart grid power applications. The last one was featured as a collaboration with Siemens, where a smart power switch from Siemens is powered internally with a cRIO controller and chassis.
Last, I'll part with something to give all LabVIEW programmers a sigh of relief-- LabVIEW 2011 is released and includes an upgraded "silver pallette" of new controls and indicators which includes.... drum roll.. the ability to select and de-select graph plot visibility. Simple I know, but something we've all been waiting a long time for.
Best from Austin,
Darren, Ashley, and Leon
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