You gotta hand it to National Instruments for promoting and
leveraging their products globally in all possible applications where
signals need control and have to be measured.
its annual Graphical System Design Achievement Awards event last week
more than 120 entries from authors in 20 countries were submitted. A
judging committee of NI technical experts reviewed the papers and
selected the contest finalists and winners.
In the Education category two examples stood out and show
how universities are using NI hardware and software to provide students
with hands-on learning opportunities in the classroom.
The winner in the education category was: Creating a Real-Time Simulator for Power Quality Signals. The entry was also the recipient of NI Community's Choice Award. The finalist was Measuring and Analyzing the Effects of Waves in an Experimental Basin Using PXI Express.
The winnerís entry was from University of the Andes in Columbia, which has set up a program to simulate
real-world situations to teach electrical engineering students how to
measure power signals. They created a system using Labview software and
CompactRIO hardware that includes power quality (PQ) generation
They selected the NI cRIO-9082 controller with an
Intel Core i7 main processor to run the OS and the programmed tasks.. Although the hardware works with the Labview real-time OS, the
university lab created an embedded OS using Windows 7 that enables the
user to program directly in the real-time hardware to achieve more
autonomy for the programming and debugging process.
You can view the category winners and finalists and read their papers here.