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8/6/2013 02:10 PM EDT
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JanineLove
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More to come
JanineLove   8/6/2013 2:37:37 PM
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I've got one-on-one briefings on most of these new products in the next day or so, so more to come. Let me know if you have questions...

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Susan Rambo   8/6/2013 5:58:26 PM
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Thanks for the NI Week update. I'd be curious to know who gets nominated for NI's awards (such as Graphical Systems Design Achievement awards.) The projects are interesting and from universities around the world.

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Adam-Taylor   8/7/2013 5:05:41 AM
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Janine,

I have written a comprehensive guide to using the Zedboard over on programmable planet as well. To date it covers creating the actual PS/PL system using planahead, XPS, and SDK. Creating the boot loader, implementing the mixed signal ADC and of course implementing your own peripheral in the PL side of the device to speed up the PS side.

It all starts here :- http://www.programmableplanet.com/author.asp?section_id=2142&doc_id=255268

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JanineLove   8/7/2013 7:55:59 AM
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Thanks Adam. I enjoyed reading your article http://www.programmableplanet.com/author.asp?section_id=2142&doc_id=255268. Looking forward to the next one.

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Adam-Taylor   8/7/2013 8:00:43 AM
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No problem, you can find the other 11 in the series here

http://www.programmableplanet.com/archives.asp?section_id=2142

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Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 9:40:51 AM
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@Adam: I was jus tabout to make thsi reply to Janine myself -- then I realized you'd beaten me to the punch :-)

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Adam-Taylor   8/7/2013 9:57:36 AM
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@Max, what can I say I am never shy to publicise these things ;)

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JanineLove   8/7/2013 12:50:36 PM
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Excellent... perfect reading on the airplane home tomorrow.

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David Ashton   8/6/2013 7:27:36 PM
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Lucky you, Janine.  I've been to some of NI's presentations in Sydney (Australia) and as a result of being enrolled for a diploma course I got a student copy of Labview.  Have not played with it as much as I would like, but it's an awesome system. 

 

 

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MIssing it this year
kfield   8/7/2013 12:47:21 PM
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Yes indeed Janine you're lucky to be there. I think the demonstrations at the opening keynote are one of the highlights of the entire week - I'd love to get a video clip of Eric wielding his sledgehammer!

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JanineLove   8/7/2013 12:58:14 PM
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Hi Karen,

Here is the link to the video of Eric and the sledgehammer. It's from the day 1 keynote and it is the video titled "Chasing the Land Speed Record" : http://www.ni.com/niweek/keynote-videos/. It's at about the 2 minute mark. Enjoy!

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JanineLove   8/7/2013 1:00:47 PM
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I overheard an NI person saying after the keynote that he actually hit the instrument inside the concrete block... not in the plan!

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Max The Magnificent   8/7/2013 12:58:28 PM
@kfield: I'd love to get a video clip of Eric wielding his sledgehammer!

If only I had a coconut for every time I'd heard someone say that!

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MeasurementBlues   8/8/2013 8:29:16 AM
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Max, What would you do with the coconut? Perhaps I shouldn't ask.

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custom design dead?
krisi   8/7/2013 2:07:19 PM
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once everyone standarizes on the same hardware platform there will be a company that will do it better and more efficient in a custom form...so custom design will never be dead...cars are not, bread is not, and clothes are not (sure, there is lots of "hardware" standarization in those markets but customization is alive and well)

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RGARVIN640   8/7/2013 5:30:26 PM
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I have always been amused at people who say things without thinking first. Custom hardware will ALWAYS be needed, as the requirements change too much to have a standard HW design meet all needs. Even if you standardize on a paticular SOM module, you will still need an interface PCB to connect it to what ever physical devices your application is controlling or monitoring.

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MeasurementBlues   8/8/2013 8:56:15 AM
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Dr. Truchard's talks usually have hints of that to come from NI. But if some kind of common hardware platform emerges, it would likely ne Aruino, Raspberry Pi, or something like that. For saftware development, the "common" platform is iOS and Android. But, one size will never fit all.

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MeasurementBlues   8/8/2013 8:30:31 AM
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While there will be advantages to using a platform, there will alwasy be situations where the platform falls short and some form of custom will be necessary.

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Enthusiastic response
MeasurementBlues   8/8/2013 8:37:13 AM
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At the first NI Week (1995) NI gave out T shirts. On the back was "Top 10 Reasons why I attended NI Week 95." One of the reasons was "Rally en masse for Undo in LabVIEW."

A few years Later, NI Week was big enough to move to the convention center. NI gave the usual snappy keynote. Near the end, they made a coding mistake and quietly used undo.

Standing ovation.

When I tried to write about it, my print editors shot me down saying that it would do nothing for people new to LabVIEW and I should focus on features that would attract new people to it. Times have changed. At that time. we would print "LabView," as opposed to the proper spelling, LabVIEW. the reasoning was that using all the caps drew too much attention to the name.

VIEW is actually an acronym. Who can tell me what it stood for?

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David Ashton   8/12/2013 5:50:52 AM
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@MB: I always thought it was Virtual Instrumentation Environment for Windows, but Wikipedia says:

LabVIEW (short for Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench)

Since Labview came out in 1983 and windows came out in 1985 I probably am wrong...and it runs on other platforms as well.

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Once more once...
mjimenez0   8/9/2013 8:35:00 AM
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Yes, it is undeniable the popularity gained by platforms, but at the pace technology changes, how would new platforms be developed without custom design? I have a proposition for NI guys: remove all custom design from current and future platforms to see how much growth they will experience.

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Custom Hardware Is Here Now
dcrsue   8/9/2013 8:33:42 PM
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Platforms are excellent enablers of complex technology solutions, but one of the key elements necessary for innovation and new design is the ability to quickly turn an idea into reality at the hardware level. In the past this was possible by hand wiring SSI integrated circuits in low pin count packages or using a solderless breadboard with jumpers. This approach is still possible but it has limitations. I have recently been using a new desktop programmable mixed signal ASIC chip from Silego that solves the low cost, small size and production manufacturability issues. I now have true desktop prototyping and real time emulation for less than $60 and I LOVE it!

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elctrnx_lyf   8/10/2013 4:45:19 AM
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The reconfigurable hardware from NI will definitely a big hit where ever we have a less effect of the hardware price on the total solution offered. It is going to be a very big market for the NI in next few years without any competition.

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Charles.Desassure   8/15/2013 12:36:39 AM
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OK Janie Love, this is very painful for me to type, but I have to agree with your article:  Custom Hardware Design is Dead.  On the other side of the fence, I am going to say that custom hardware design is not dead yet, but it is in critical condition.  As long as people are still using it, it is alive and kicking.   It only takes an article like this and comments like the one from Eric Starkloff, senior vice president of marketing at National Instruments to motivate a team to get busy.  We will see.

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