This article is the second in a three-part series where I've attempted to collect representative test equipment from the following eras: 1988-2000; 1956-1987; and 1939-1955. This installment covers the time period of 1956-1987. Please enjoy and use the comments to record your memories of these pieces of equipment, including learnings, funny stories, and nostalgic remembrances. Let's make this a piece of living history!
Year: 1987 National Instruments (NI) NI LabVIEW 1.2 system design software on Mac with DAQ boards
NI introduced its first plug-in measurement data acquisition (DAQ) board. With the introduction of LabVIEW 1.2 and advanced DAQ boards, NI argued that engineers and scientists could replace expensive, fixed-function, vendor-defined instruments with a customer-defined, PC-based system at a lower cost and gain flexibility and productivity. This article appears in its entirety on Test & Measurement World. To continue with the slideshow, click here.