The 2012 Elektra Awards for the European Electronics Industry recently named NI’s Vector Signal Transceiver as Test Product of the Year and National Instruments as Company of the Year in a ceremony that took place in Westminster, London.
The Elektra Award for Test Product of the Year is dedicated to finding the most innovative piece of test equipment of the last 12 months, with judging criteria including usability, as well as raw performance. The world’s first software-designed instrument, the Vector Signal Transceiver (VST) from National Instruments, is a new class of instrumentation that combines a vector signal generator and vector signal analyser with FPGA-based real-time signal processing and control. By programming the FPGA, users can edit the device firmware to implement custom algorithms directly on the instrument. This software-designed approach allows the VST to have the flexibility of a software-defined radio architecture with RF instrument-class performance.
Kyle Voosen, Marketing Director, National Instruments UK & Ireland, says: “NI was honoured to be shortlisted alongside so many prestigious names in test and measurement. We believe the Vector Signal Transceiver, the world’s first software-designed instrument, will redefine RF instrumentation, and winning Test Product of the Year is further validation of its groundbreaking nature.”
The Elektra judges selected the Company of the Year from the Award category winners, and National Instruments was chosen for demonstrating outstanding achievements, technology innovation and business success. National Instruments equips engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. Its graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company’s long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.
Robert Morton, National Instruments UK & Ireland Managing Director, says: “After winning Test Product of the Year for the VST, we were thrilled to also be named Company of the Year, rounding off an outstanding 12 months of success for NI, during which we opened new, larger premises in the UK, and celebrated being named a Great Place to Work again and reaching $1B in worldwide revenue!”
To learn more about the Vector Signal Transceiver, visit www.ni.com/vst.