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.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.