NI reshapes instrumentation with software-based, all-in-one device


National Instruments Aust & NZ announces the availability of a
unique device that combines five essential instruments in one for use by
engineers working on benchtop test equipment.

NI’s new VirtualBench integrates a mixed-signal oscilloscope, function
generator, digital multimeter, programmable DC power supply and digital I/O. Users
interact with VirtualBench through software applications that run on PCs or

Providing common functionalities in an affordable package, the
VirtualBench opens up new possibilities for how engineers can use benchtop

According to Russell Stanphil, electronics advisor at TechShop, earlier
he didn’t have the room or budget to buy a full setup for each bench, but now
he can park one laptop and a VirtualBench on each seat, replacing four to five

VirtualBench offers benefits such as the use of the latest technologies including
multitouch displays, multicore processors, wireless connectivity and intuitive
interfaces. The simplification and increased capability through software leads
to more efficient circuit debugging and validation.

Chad Chesney, director of data acquisition marketing at NI explains that
the new VirtualBench builds on NI’s software-based approach to test and
measurement, adding that VirtualBench’s software user experience is more
intuitive, creating efficiencies that go above and beyond simply having these
five devices in a single device.

Key benefits of the VirtualBench include minimal space requirement on a
desktop or benchtop; simplified instrument configuration through consistent,
user-friendly interfaces; consolidated view of multiple instruments, visualisation
on larger displays and quick functionality to save data and screenshots; and
seamless integration with LabVIEW system design software.