AUGUST 24--The Interchangeable Virtual Instruments (IVI) Foundation (San Diego, CA;www.ivifoundation.org), an open consortium of companies that sets software standards for instrument interchangeability, assembled a board of directors and elected officers at a June meeting in Paris, France, that marked the completion of the foundation's incorporation process. For the past three years, the IVI Foundation has defined standard instrument driver specifications that give engineers the ability to swap instruments without recompiling software, resulting in significant savings in time and money. IVI membership growth and evolving strategic goals have made incorporation important to the organization's future success.
"Because the IVI Foundation now is an independent legal entity, we can more easily move forward with our plans to aid engineers around the world in building high-performance test systems that provide increased interchangeability," said Joe Mueller of Agilent Technologies, who was elected president of the IVI Foundation.
The IVI Foundation was formed in 1998 and officially incorporated in 2001. Its membership includes end users, major instrument and software vendors, and system suppliers and integrators who are dedicated to defining software standards for instrument interchangeability. For a complete membership roster and the foundation's bylaws, please refer to the IVI Foundation Web site: ivifoundation.org.