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Software-based instrument puts 5 bench instruments in one box

June 17, 2014 // Graham Prophet

Software-based instrument puts 5 bench instruments in one box

National Instruments’ VirtualBench “reshapes instrumentation” - the software-based, All-In-One device offers five essential instruments in a single unit with an innovative software experience, creating new possibilities for engineers using benchtop test equipment.


VirtualBench is an all-in-one instrument that 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 iPads. The device provides the most common functionality affordably and opens up new possibilities for how engineers can use benchtop instruments.

Because VirtualBench uses today's consumer computing platforms, engineers and scientists can take advantage of the latest technologies such as multitouch displays, multicore processors, wireless connectivity and intuitive interfaces. The simplification and increased capability through software leads to more efficient circuit debugging and validation.

“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 NI. “VirtualBench’s software user experience is more intuitive, creating efficiencies that go above and beyond simply having these five devices in a single device.”

VitualBench, says NI;

  1. takes up minimal space on a desktop or benchtop
  2. simplifies instrument configuration through consistent, user-friendly interfaces
  3. offers new capability and convenience with a consolidated view of multiple instruments, visualisation on larger displays and quick functionality to save data and screenshots
  4. integrates seamlessly with LabVIEW system design software

National Instruments; www.ni.com/virtualbench


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