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NI LabVIEW 7 Express Now Available on Tektronix New Mid-Range TDS5000B and Performance Oscilloscopes

NI LabVIEW 7 Express Now Available on Tektronix New Mid-Range TDS5000B and Performance Oscilloscopes

AUSTIN, Texas - March 8, 2004 - Tektronix, Inc. (NYSE: TEK) and National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced that Tektronix mid-range and performance oscilloscopes now ship with an evaluation version of LabVIEW 7 Express and an oscilloscope-specific software utility to optimize integration of LabVIEW and Tektronix oscilloscopes. This latest initiative in the two companies' ongoing collaborative effort to reduce design time for engineers delivers new ease-of-use features of LabVIEW to a wider range of Tektronix oscilloscopes.

"As design cycles shorten, engineers are looking for solutions that help increase their productivity in data acquisition, measurement and analysis," said Colin Shepard, vice president of oscilloscope products at Tektronix, Inc. "Our close working relationship with NI helps us deliver this productivity. By combining the new technology in LabVIEW with the exceptional signal fidelity of our high-performance oscilloscopes, our customers can perform custom measurement and analysis applications faster and more efficiently than ever before."

With Express VIs in LabVIEW 7 Express, engineers can achieve custom measurement and analysis in minutes using their Tektronix oscilloscopes. These interactive virtual instruments streamline measurement tasks ranging from data acquisition to signal analysis and file I/O, delivering the power of advanced measurement functions in easy-to-configure dialogs requiring little or no programming.

To optimize LabVIEW 7 Express for Tektronix oscilloscopes, a software utility customized to each specific oscilloscope ships with the instruments. This software includes a fully functional demonstration application that performs signal processing and analyzes live or file-based signals from Tektronix oscilloscopes.

The custom software also features a Tektronix oscilloscope-specific LabVIEW palette complete with ready-to-run instrument drivers and more than 25 documented VIs with source code that engineers can use as teaching tools or starting points in building custom LabVIEW applications. Engineers can expand their search using the Web-integrated LabVIEW 7 Express Example Finder. This tool filters thousands of online and locally installed example programs for those specific to a particular oscilloscope, measurement or other requirement.

"The custom analysis routines, example VIs and instrument drivers designed specifically for Tektronix oscilloscopes optimize measurement acquisition and analysis," said John Graff, NI vice president of marketing. "By combining the award-winning technologies found in LabVIEW 7 Express and Tektronix oscilloscopes, engineers can increase their productivity and shorten design cycles in industries ranging from consumer electronics to biomedical research."

In addition to the TDS5000B Series, LabVIEW 7 Express and the custom software created specifically for Tektronix scopes are now available with the TDS6000, TDS/CSA7000B and CSA/TDS8000B Series. The software runs natively on these oscilloscopes as well as on any PC connected to them via GPIB or Ethernet. Those who already use Tektronix oscilloscopes can download the evaluation version of LabVIEW and custom software free of charge at, or purchase the LabVIEW full development system directly from NI.

About National Instruments

National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation - a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in more than 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

About Tektronix

Tektronix, Inc. is a test, measurement, and monitoring company providing measurement solutions to the communications, computer, and semiconductor industries worldwide. With more than 55 years of experience, Tektronix enables its customers to design, build, deploy, and manage next-generation global communications networks and advanced technologies. Headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, Tektronix has operations in more than 20 countries worldwide. Tektronix' Web address is

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