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NI and Anritsu to develop new test instrument drivers

National Instruments and Anritsu Company are collaborating to develop LabVIEW Plug and Play and LabWindows/CVI instrument drivers for Anritsu test instruments. The companies intend to make it easy for engineers and scientists to combine the popular LabVIEW graphical development platform and the proven LabWindows/CVI ANSI C integrated development environment with Anritsu RF and wireless communications test instruments.

Donn Mulder, Vice President and General Manager of the Microwave Measurements Division of Anritsu Company, states: "Because many of our customers take advantage of the easy-to-use LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI environments to automate their test and measurement applications, the availability of these drivers is a key factor in our customers' adoption of Anritsu instruments. Through this collaborative effort with National Instruments, we are providing our customers with access to high-quality drivers so they can save significant time and money developing their automated test systems."

National Instruments and Anritsu have already collaborated on LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI drivers for several Anritsu products, such as: the VNA Master MS2024A/MS2026A, MS2034 and MS2036A Handheld Vector Network Analysers; the MS271xB series of Economy Microwave Spectrum Analysers; the MT8860B WLAN Test Sets; and the MT8852B Bluetooth Test Sets with enhanced data rate (EDR). These drivers, which make it easy for engineers and scientists to quickly connect and control their instruments from the desktop or benchtop, are available for free download at the NI Instrument Driver Network at www.ni.com/idnet. Believed to be the industry's largest source for instrument drivers, the Instrument Driver Network provides access to more than 5000 instruments from over 225 vendors for use with NI LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, and Measurement Studio for Microsoft Visual Studio.

John Pasquarette, Director of Software Marketing for NI, comments: "The development of instrument drivers makes it easy for Anritsu customers to automate their hardware with LabVIEW or LabWindows/CVI for a software-defined test and measurement solution. This effort demonstrates our commitment to creating an open software environment so engineers and scientists can add third-party hardware and software to their customised applications in order to meet their specific needs."

 

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