National Instruments expands Mac OS X offering with data acquisition and GPIB drivers

Jan. 12, 2005

Engineers and scientists now have more options for data acquisition (DAQ) and instrument control on Mac OS X with the new National Instruments DAQ and GPIB drivers for Mac OS X.

"National Instruments has enjoyed a loyal base of LabVIEW users on the Mac since the release of LabVIEW 1.0 for Mac in 1986," said Ray Almgren, NI vice president of product marketing. "We are excited to continue this success with the release of these DAQ and GPIB device drivers."

The NI-DAQmx Base driver for Mac OS X supports popular NI data acquisition hardware, including the PCI and PXI E Series DAQ devices, the DIO-96 digital I/O device and the new low-cost NI USB DAQ devices. The NI-488.2 driver, which provides Mac OS X GPIB support, works with the NI PCI-GPIB and the GPIB-ENET/100.

"The unique combination of rock solid UNIX-like stability and ease-of-use of the Mac interface has driven increasing adoption of Mac OS X in the research, science and engineering fields," said Ron Okamoto, vice president of worldwide developer relations. "We're thrilled that National Instruments has built upon its success with LabVIEW on Mac OS X by making its most popular hardware available on the platform to enable first rate data acquisition and instrument control."

Both the DAQ and GPIB drivers for Mac OS X use the same standard programming interfaces used on other operating systems, including Windows and Linux. These programming interfaces are available in widely used development environments such as NI LabVIEW. As a result, engineers can migrate existing NI data acquisition or GPIB LabVIEW applications to the Mac and use the same hardware on Mac OS X with minimal software rewrites.

With Mac OS X, engineers can connect to any network -- whether wired or wireless, Mac, UNIX or Windows-based. For more information on the new NI data acquisition and GPIB drivers for Mac OS X, readers can visit NI is demonstrating the drivers this week at the Macworld Conference and Expo in San Francisco.

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