National Instruments has created an all-in-one instrument that includes a mixed-signal oscilloscope, functional generator, digital multimeter, programmable DC power supply and digital I/O. The device provides common functionality affordability and opens up new possibilities for engineers using benchtop instruments, the company states.
Known as VirtualBench, the device can run through software applications compatible with Windows or iPads. Users can take advantage of technology such as multitouch displays, multicore processors, wireless connectivity and intuitive interfaces. This simplification allows for more efficient circuit debugging and validation.
Other benefits of VirtualBench includes reduced need for space, simplification of instrument configuration with consistent interfaces, new capability and convenience with a consolidated view of multiple instruments, visualization of larger displays and seamless integration with LabVIEW.
“We are building on what NI does best, which is our software-based approach to test and measurement,” said Chad Chesney, director of data acquisition marketing at National Instruments. “VirtualBench’s software user experience is more intuitive, creating efficiencies that go above and beyond simply having these five devices in a single device.”
The VirtualBench is now available for a starting price of $1,999. The iPad application will be available in Apple’s App Store later this summer.
For more information, visit National Instruments.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.