Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Instrument control, data acquisition, signal conditioning and DSP

Instrument control, data acquisition, signal conditioning and DSP What student of engineering or science, what practicing engineer hasn’t heard or, and probably used LabVIEW? Our speaker will address “Distributed Processing”. He will talk about the trends towards smaller, distributed processing systems and use LabVIEW to demonstrate examples of this technology. The speaker for the 2 March 2006 meeting of the IEEE Richmond Section will be Christian Hahn, Field Engineer, National Instruments.


Christian said...

Hi everyone, this is Christian Hahn, from NI. I would be happy to answer any questions you have or start a discussion regarding distributed systems.
To start with, let me pose a question: Consider the lifecycle of a product design project. What tools do you currently use for design, prototyping, V&V, and deployment?

Anonymous said...

Christian: I've been an electrical engineer for over 40 years and have never heard of LabView. Would you please give me your elevator speach on distributed systems and LabView? I look forward to hearing your presentation at the IEEE Richmond Section meeting on 2 March 2006.

Christian said...

Sure, LabVIEW is an ADE (Application Development Environment) specifically designed for test, measurement, automation and scientific applications. It differs from traditional ADE's in that it is a graphical programming environment (instead of text based code the structures, functions, and sub-routines are represented as icons and pictures).
“Distributed systems” refers to intelligent/embedded control or monitoring systems. This could be a simple as a microprocessor or PLC or something more complex such as a network of embedded computers that communicate and share processing.
LabVIEW has the ability to "target" these devices, meaning that a LV program can be developed on a PC and then downloaded to a computing target and run there (in a real-time OS, or embedded in a microprocessor or FPGA, etc.)