National Instruments (Austin, TX) and QNX Software Systems (Ontario, Canada) have collaborated to extend the LabVIEW graphical dataflow environment to the QNX®Neutrino® real-time operating system (RTOS). Engineers now can use the NI LabVIEW Embedded Development Module with the QNX Neutrino RTOS to add comprehensive support for multicore processors and target any supported hardware platform for QNX Neutrino.

Engineers using LabVIEW to design, prototype, and deploy their embedded designs with QNX Neutrino now can develop programs known as VIs in LabVIEW with multiple simultaneous execution paths. Additionally, engineers using the LabVIEW Embedded Development Module with the QNX Neutrino RTOS are not required to choose a target CPU until much later in the project design. Instead, the engineer can complete the design and prototype stages using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware without addressing the final target configuration. After measuring the required CPU performance, the engineer can choose a single core or multicore target based on the specific application needs.

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This article first appeared in the March, 2007 issue of Embedded Technology Magazine.

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