National Instruments becomes member of

22 November 2007

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National Instruments has joined, an open and collaborative organisation dedicated to developing and promoting Power Architecture technology as the preferred open standard platform for the electronics industry. Power Architecture technology, an instruction set architecture prevalent in microprocessors, forms an enhanced platform for collaborative hardware and software innovation between leading technology companies such as Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Xilinx and National Instruments. The goal of members is to create community specifications as well as support development tools that work together to facilitate integration and improved implementations.

Roland Hagan, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Global Engineering Solutions, comments: " is pleased to have National Instruments join our open community and to have them contribute to the ecosystem through work on collaborative technology and standards. Since the start of 2007, the organisation has not only grown but leveraged the expertise and commitment of companies like National Instruments to deliver new standards and programs while increasing business value to the design engineering community."

National Instruments offers more than 30 years of technology leadership to, as well as significant experience supporting Power Architecture technology through the company's graphical system design platform. As a member of, National Instruments benefits from the collaboration with leading technology companies whose expertise of Power Architecture technology can be applied to the creation of high-performance, rugged and low-power commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) NI hardware. National Instruments also extends the benefits of to engineers and scientists by making it possible for them to combine COTS hardware with NI LabVIEW graphical development tools to program Power Architecture processors and quickly design, prototype and deploy embedded systems.

Fawzi Behmann, Chairman of the Marketing Committee and Director of Strategic Marketing at Freescale, states: "National Instruments has a history of providing technologies that demonstrate a commanding knowledge of the Power Architecture technology and an understanding of the importance of tightly integrated commercial off-the-shelf hardware and easy-to-use software. The experience and leadership National Instruments offers will help develop both software and hardware specifications and guidelines that will result in a more cohesive Power Architecture community."

COTS platform

Several National Instruments products support Power Architecture technology, including the CompactRIO reconfigurable embedded control and acquisition system. CompactRIO integrates a Freescale Power Architecture-based real-time processor, an embedded Xilinx field-programmable gate array (FPGA) chip and a wide variety of I/O modules to give engineers a COTS hardware platform for building embedded systems. Using graphical system design, engineers and scientists can take advantage of the ease of use of LabVIEW to quickly program the real-time processor, FPGA and I/O of the small, rugged CompactRIO embedded system for a wide variety of applications such as industrial machine control and monitoring, in-vehicle data logging and embedded prototyping.

Dr James Truchard, National Instruments President, CEO and cofounder, says: "The broad adoption of the Power Architecture makes it ideal for prototyping and deploying embedded systems using graphical system design. We look forward to collaborating with the community to help advance the microprocessor architecture and to help realise its full potential."

As a member of, National Instruments will contribute to the organisation through active participation in the business committees and technical working groups.


Power Architecture technology is behind millions of innovative products, including the world's fastest supercomputers, leading video game consoles and electronic systems in most of today's car models. Every phone call, email and web page is said to touch hundreds of Power Architecture systems.

The community, formed in 2005, is the collaborative, open organisation driving innovation around Power Architecture technology through alignment of the instruction set architecture, development of standards and specifications and nurturing of the Power Architecture brand.'s mission is to optimise interoperability, accelerate innovation and drive increased adoption of this leading processor architecture. For more information, visit

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