SAN FRANCISCO National Instruments and Agilent Technologies Inc. have agreed to cooperate to create National Instruments LabView plug-and-play instrument drivers for Agilent LXI, USB and GPIB instruments, the companies said Monday (Aug. 21).
The test and measurement giants said they are working together to provide instrument drivers to engineers and scientists shortly after the release of new Agilent measurement products, making it easier to combine the graphical development platform NI LabView with Agilent instruments.
"The control and use of test instruments can be a daunting task in today's fast-to-market environment, and multi-company test platforms are a very real challenge," said Scott Sampl, vice president and general manager of Agilent's systems products division. "Through our combined efforts with National Instruments, we can significantly speed up the availability of high-quality LabView drivers for our new instruments to ensure test developers achieve fast and seamless integration in their test systems."
More than 750 Agilent instruments are currently supported by NI, and the drivers for those instruments are free and available for download from the NI Instrument Driver Network at www.ni.com/idnet, according to the companies. With this new initiative, Agilent said it plans to provide NI with early access to its new products so NI can develop native LabView plug-and-play instrument drivers.