NI Wants To Help Customers Bring Data Out Of Their Silos With New Offerings

This week NI (Formely National instruments) held its annual NI Connect event, where it talked about partnerships, products, and how NI handles data analysis. This may sound surprising given the company’s legacy of test equipment, but it’s clearly about to help its customers do more with the data than simply capture it. It therefore makes sense for the focus of the event to be research how test analyzes and data analyzes can be used for future generations of innovation. I have already said that in all realities companies use only about 5-10% of the data for something useful. NI CEO and President Eric Starkloff said in his keynote address that the data is in silos and waiting to be screened for insights and analysis. I enthusiastically say he is right.

The NI people are working to improve these statistics and provide the technology industries with data analysis capabilities. Let’s take a look at what NI has announced on NI connect.

Products to use the gold data mine

NI has announced improvements and updates to its LabVIEW open source software platform. NI says that LabVIEW 2021 has improvements in interoperability with Python and MathWorks MATLAB and support for version control using Git and usability improvements. NI also includes access to LabVIEW from any licensed operating system and a new real-time module for LabVIEW 64-bit to develop 64-bit applications.

NI has also updated its SystemLink software, giving it new options to customize the user interface and simplify product navigation. NI says SystemLink now manages and simplifies test planning, resource utilization, system health, and support for what I think it needs to do for accelerated product lifecycle phases. I think one of the reasons 95% of the data is underused is due to insufficient management. More data can be used throughout the product lifecycle by focusing data and analyzing tests in a simpler and easier-to-manage space.

NI has announced its new PXI hardware solution, which allows software-related workflows. NI’s PXI system was critical for testing 5G RF FEM earlier in the year 5G explosionand I have no doubt that NI’s new PXI system should have an equally big impact. Modularity is open source hardware and plays an important role in allowing innovation to occur freely. According to NI, PXI’s hardware provides openness, software options, modularity and I / O coverage for adaptive and scalable systems and is NI’s first chassis with 2 PXI slots.

NI has also announced two new products that are entering FENEL for AV space and wireless space. NI has partnered with Seagate to combine ADAS’s NI offering and Seagate’s Lyve Mobile storage service and data service to provide a storage as a service (STaaS) solution. Instead of OEMs and suppliers using self-managed storage, NI’s Edge Storage and Data Transfer Service (DTaaS) can do so at reduced cost in an efficient way. NI says the ADAS Record offering has a storage capacity of 200 + TB and data throughput> 6GB / s. I think that offering DTaaS from IN is a smart game in terms of how offering these data-specific products and software plays a role in analysis and insights. The service model allows NI to actively offer its ADAS enrollment proposal rather than a more remote approach.

NI’s new wireless offering is its Ettus USRP X410 software-defined radio platform (SDR). The Ettus USRP X410 combines general-purpose processors, FPGAs, and RF front-end to design, prototype, and deploy wireless systems. It has a frequency range from 1MHz to 7.2 GHz and supports LabVIEW, an open source hardware driver USRP, GNU Radio and MATLAB. It also has FPGA development tools, including LabVIEW’s new FPGA tool and RFNoC framework. The Ettus USRP X410 reflects customer feedback to create a robust open source solution to accelerate wireless innovation.


It’s almost pedantic to say “data is the new oil”, but it’s true. If you look at the most valuable companies on the planet, they either process or use data for commercial or social improvements. The way we collect, analyze and use data plays an important role in bringing products to market. As I said earlier, NI’s legacy was to measure this data, and now it is moving to help its customers get value from the data.

At the event, NI improved its LabVIEW and SystemLink software offerings to address data analysis with greater interoperability between tools and better management features.

NI’s hardware offerings look forward to how modularity plays a role in product development and innovation. Its PXI hardware allows reduced costs without compromising modularity. NI’s strategic collaboration with Seagate to present an ADAS solution as a proposal for DTaaS will also be cost-effective for customers. I believe that this will have a positive effect on the AV space.

Note: The Moor Insights & Strategy Cooperative Jacob Freiman contributed to this article.

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