Updates to Improve Purchasing, System Configuration Options (National Instruments Corporation)

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Founding [link]

National Instruments in Austin,

In the 1970s, three men, James Jeff Kodosky, Bill Nowlin, working at University of at Austin Research Laboratories. part of project conducting for the Navy. the were using computer technology collect and data. Frustrated the inefficient collection methods were using, three decided create a that would their task be done easily. In working in garage at home, the founded a company. [ ] They to incorporate several names, Longhorn Instruments Texas Digital, all were Finally, they on the name of Instruments. [ ]

With $10,000 loan Interfirst Bank, group bought PDP-11/04 microcomputer for their project, designed built a interface for [ 4 Their first was the of a call to Air Force in San Texas. [ ] Because trio were employed by University of in 1977 hired their full-time employee, Harrison-Hosen, who orders, billing, customer inquiries. the end the year had sold boards, and, attract more the company and sent mailer to users of PDP-11 microcomputer. sales increased, were able move into real office in 1978, a 600-square-foot m 2 office at Burnet Road Austin. [ ]

1980s [link]

the end the 1970s, company booked in orders, a $60,000 In 1980 Kodosky, and quit their to devote full-time to Instruments, and the end the year the company a larger renting 5,000 feet (500 2 ) office space. assist in revenue, the undertook numerous projects, working a fuel-pump system and waveform generator I.S. Navy acoustic testing. 1981, the reached the million sales leading them move to 10,000-square-foot (1,000 2 ) in 1982. 4 ]

1983 National reached an milestone, developing first GPIB to connect to IBM With the of the computer, however, company felt to take of the graphical interfaces. began a initiative with assistance of researchers at University of into ways exploit the interface. This to the of NI’s product, the graphical development for the computer, which released in [ 4 The software engineers and to program by wiring together instead typing text-based By allowing to use more intuitive, development environment, productivity greatly making LabVIEW popular. The year, a of LabVIEW, as LabWindows, released for DOS environment. 5 ]

company counted employees by To keep employees happy, founders used motto Work and then have some [ 5 Employee achievements, matter how were celebrated, the company various social for their both during after working This philosophy celebrating their and playing is one company would through its [ 5

As part the company’s to begin sales of products rather representative distribution, 1987 the opened its international branch, Tokyo, Japan. engage all their employees, began holding gatherings at to communicate messages to employees and them to [ 5

1990s [link]

growing their enough to over almost entire building were renting, 1990 NI to a building at Bridge Point which the purchased in The building, along Lake near the 360 Bridge, known as Hills = Point. [ ]

NI their first for LabVIEW 1991. Later year, they Signal Conditioning for Instrumentation to expand signal-processing capabilities the PC, in 1992, was first for Windows-based and Unix To further their customers, also created National Instruments Partner program, a worldwide of third-party systems integrators, consultants who extend the of the hardware and [ 5

With LabVIEW available to much larger in 1993 company reached milestone of million in sales. To C/C++ programmers, that year introduced LabWindows/CVI. following year industrious employee experiments with relatively new Wide Web developed natinst.com, company’s very web page. the company to grow, began to out of in their 136,000-square-foot (12,600 2 ) In 1994, broke ground a new located at 72-acre (290,000 2 ) along North boulevard in Austin. By time, NI reached 1000 [ 6

The new campus, which in 1998, designed to employee-friendly. It dedicated play including basketball volleyball courts, employee gym, a campus-wide trail. Each the buildings the campus lined with and feature open floor so that employees seated cubicles throughout building are far from sun and of northwest To maintain focus on among the even Dr. as the call their sits in open cubicle does not an assigned space. [ ]

Employees been granted in the company as of their packages. When company chose go public 1995, over current and employees owned The company now listed the NASDAQ as NATI. initial public went well, although many the stock-holding were suddenly enough to most of chose to with the and many work there decade later. 6 ]

By the 1990s, customers begun using in industrial applications. With and the advanced DAQ provided by company, engineers now replace fixed-function, vendor-defined with a PC-based system would acquire, and present with added and a cost. [ ] With company’s acquisition Georgetown Systems software, NI were further into applications on the [ 6 By 1996, company had $200 million annual sales, was named Forbes magazine’s Best Small list. [ ]

Over next several the engineers NI continued stretch the of virtual releasing machine software and which allow to act sensors, and control hardware software. NI introduced the PXI. an industry standard modular measurement automation, and TestStand, which for tracking manufacturing tests. 6 ]

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User and e-commerce improved after company acquired ni.com URL began investing web technologies better highlight products. The quickly introduced configuration tools help customers which NI would best to solve problem, and NI Developer which provides end-user developers to example sample code, development tips, well as in which and NI could help questions about products. [ ]

NI undertook building spree 2000-2001, first its first manufacturing plant Debrecen. Hungary. 144,000-square-foot (13,400 2 ) helped to the company’s capabilities, which been centered company headquarters Austin, and for more shipping to company’s European NI now nearly 90% its production Debrecen [1]. 2002, the dedicated the (35,200 m ), eight-story Design Center simply as C to on their campus, which the headquarters the company’s operations. Upon of this the NI finally had capacity to all Austin-based to a location. [ ]

National sued MathWorks patent violations 2002. For next several NI argued court that had infringed four NI as their software was similar to A jury that all patents, U.S. Nos. 4,901,221; 5,301,336; and were valid, that the three were infringed upon. 7 ] several appeals, case was resolved in when a judge barred Mathworks, Inc. manufacturing and their Simulink NI offers LabVIEW Simulation Toolkit which of MathWorks purchase so they have licensed way control and the data acquired while Simulink. [ ]

Following company model selling directly customers, by NI had 21 sales in Europe 12 offices the Asia/Pacific as well a multitude offices in Americas, Africa, the Middle [ 6 Research and centers are in the Germany. India. China, Canada, and Malaysia.

NIWeek [link]

in 1995, Instruments has an annual conference in Engineers and from around world attend week-long conference the Austin Center. Activities on technical on the products as as the technologies, presented by NI and external An exhibition allows selected integrators and to showcase products, and customers or students also papers on work with tools. [ ]


In 2011, Instruments donated equipment to Labs, an in Boston a space a group entrepreneurs to a hands-on workshop where might present clean energy in a with other companies. [ ]

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