About NI-Virtual Instrumentation Centre:
Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering of PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research have proposed to start NI-Virtual Instrumentation Centre jointly with National Instruments Systems, Bangalore. The Centre is a centralized facility for all branches of Engineering of PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research. The Centre will provide hands on training to the students in LabVIEW to facilitate the physical simulation of Engineering Systems.
Proposed activities of the Centre:
1. To Teach LabVIEW to the students of various disciplines.
2. To Train the students to carry out projects.
3. To conduct short-term courses for the students and faculty.
Virtual instrument consists of an industry-standard computer or workstation equipped with powerful application software, cost-effective hardware such as plug-in boards, and driver software, which together perform the functions of traditional instruments. Virtual instruments represent a fundamental shift from traditional hardware-centered instrumentation systems to software-centered systems that exploit the computing power, productivity, display, and connectivity capabilities of popular desktop computers and workstations. Although the PC and integrated circuit technology have experienced significant advances in the last two decades, it is software that truly provides the leverage to build on this powerful hardware foundation to create virtual instruments, providing better ways to innovate and significantly reduce cost. With virtual instruments, engineers and scientists build measurement and automation systems that suit their needs exactly (user-defined) instead of being limited by traditional fixed-function instruments (vendor-defined).
LabVIEW is an acronym for Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Engineering Workbench, a system- design platform and development environment for a visual programming language from National Instruments.
LabVIEW software is ideal for any measurement or control system, and the heart of the NI design platform. Integrating all the tools that engineers and scientists need to build a wide range of applications in dramatically less time, LabVIEW is a development environment for problem solving, accelerated productivity, and continual innovation. LabVIEW offers powerful features that make is easy to connect to a wide variety of hardware and other software. It is a platform for developing the graphical user panel and the code for the virtual instrument. The virtual instrument developed using LabVIEW is, in short, called a VI.