AUGUST 6--National Instruments (NI; Austin, TX; www.ni.com) is integrating its LabView graphical measurement software with Texas Instruments' (TI; Houston, TX; www.ti.com) Code Composer Studio development tools. These two industry-leading software packages are expected to substantially cut development time for TI-based digital signal processing (DSP) systems.
"With the integration of LabView and Code Composer Studio, TI customers can soon take full advantage of the benefits of virtual instrumentation," says John Schanzenbach, TI software development tools platform manager. "Using LabView intuitive graphical programming and seamless integration with measurement I/O, TI DSP customers can verify their product designs much earlier in the design process."
LabView integration with Code Composer Studio is anticipated to overcome the traditional complexity of developing tests for DSP systems, which typically delays design validation until after product prototypes are built. Engineers can use LabView during the design-modeling phase to create tests that identify design flaws before prototype construction. This capability greatly reduces the time it takes to ship robust products to market, which is vital for designers of digital products that incorporate DSP chips.
By integrating measurements earlier in the design flow, LabView becomes a more powerful and useful design tool for measurement and validation, says John Graff, NI vice president of marketing. "Design engineers have long used LabView to create powerful virtual instruments that perform a range of measurement and automation tasks throughout the design process," says Graff. "With the integration of LabView and Code Composer Studio, TI DSP customers will easily improve, debug, and rework designs, ultimately speeding product development time."