NI Connect 2021

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Opening Keynote

Hosted by Eric Starkloff, NI’s president and chief executive officer, see customers, partners and NI technical experts discuss how NI’s software-connected solutions help them collect and connect their data to accelerate digital transformation, enabling them to optimize every step of the product lifecycle.

Featured partners and customers include: Ansys, Cadence, Intuitive Machines, MathWorks, Movandi, Northeastern University, Novosense, Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR), Seagate, SubZero, and ZF.

Technical Sessions

What's New in LabVIEW 2021

Come see new features in the next release of LabVIEW coming in August. LabVIEW is the most productive development environment for building test and measurement systems, and LabVIEW 2021 adds many features to help you be more efficient during development. See new features, including improved interoperability with Python and MathWorks MATLAB® software, improved support for version control using Git, and usability enhancements.

The Critical Role of Digital Transformation in the Age of Rapid Innovation

Technology innovation is accelerating rapidly. New products need to be delivered in shorter cycle times, with more functionality, higher quality, and greater reliability than ever before. Across every industry, digital transformation has been key to separating the disruptors and winners from their competition, both in terms of products and the processes used to create those products. Successful digital transformation requires a whole new slate of technologies, including leveraging the driving forces behind cloud, analytics, machine learning, and other megatrends. Since test is the only way to truly know how a product performs at each stage of its life cycle, it plays an integral role in your ability to digitally transform your enterprise. But the greatest value comes when you connect all your data together. We’d like to share our thoughts on how a holistic approach that connects the entire product life cycle across research, development, production, and use can become the next agent of industry disruption.

Wireless Technology Advances for Tomorrow's Innovators [New Product: USRP]

The wireless world has become essential, and the next generation of wireless technology is poised to transform the way people and systems connect. Advanced wireless system capabilities permeate commercial and aerospace/defense research. In this session, let's look at how NI continues to play a key role in several wireless applications - from 5G to advanced signals intelligence with software defined Radio (SDR) technology. Take a technical deep dive into the latest SDR technology and how NI and Ettus Research SDR innovation is unlocking another leap forward, connecting state-of-the-art technology with a vast community of wireless innovators.

The Evolution of Autonomous Systems

From military and commercial drones to automobiles, the future of mobile systems is becoming increasingly autonomous. These safety-critical systems represent a vast opportunity for society. The engineers and scientists who create them will need new tools and strategies for design, validation, and test. Sensors (camera, radar, lidar, V2X) and supercomputers are combined with machine-learning trained algorithms to perceive, plan, and control these vehicles safely. These systems represent an infinite set of testing scenarios, and new test coverage techniques are needed to ensure that the next generation of mobile systems are deployed safely and economically.

Lowering the Entry Barrier to NI Hardware [New Product: PXI]

PXI's openness, software options, modularity, and I/O coverage offer support and freedom for customers seeking to develop comprehensive, adaptive, and scalable systems. At NI, we are determined to break down any barrier that might hold customers back so that they can take risks and innovate. We constantly invest in new technologies that make PXI more accessible, so that it can work seamlessly with existing systems and workflows.

The Future of Cellular Communications

The advent of wireless communication has fundamentally changed the world. It has transformed everything from the ways we interact with one another to how we conduct business—and the technology only continues to evolve to impressive heights. However, we’re still in what you may consider the “early” stages of cellular technology evolution, with new “G’s” emerging every decade. In the future, we can expect monumental societal and economic impacts from cellular technology to emerge at least every 20 years. In this session, we’ll look back at how far we’ve come in cellular communications since the early 1980s, discuss emerging opportunities in 5G, and explore several new technologies that are likely to have significant impacts on the industry in the coming years, including O-RAN and the many rising use cases for machine learning in the design of future, intelligent wireless systems.

Getting It Done Right: Making your Test Operations Work for You [New Product: SystemLink™ Software]

With increasing product complexity and escalating quality demands, test engineering teams aggressively pursue improvements in productivity and efficiency. Let's discover how SystemLink software delivers direct impact towards test efficiency while simultaneously providing a unified view of test operations in both design validation and production environments. Learn how customers are using SystemLink software to drive measurable improvements in test processes such as test system readiness, test asset allocation, configuration management, test results monitoring, and engineering data management. The session includes a summary of new capabilities in SystemLink 2021, and upcoming advancements.

Beyond the PC: The Evolution of Test and Measurement Processing

For decades, the heart of test and measurement processing has been the PC—or more specifically x86 processors running standard operating systems. This was mainly driven by the cost and performance value of the hardware and the ability to leverage the PC’s software. Today though, there is a wider range of processing options available because of the flattening of performance scaling in single x86 systems and supplier innovation in optimizing processing hardware for specific workloads. This session will explore the trend of the use of FPGAs, GPUs, and ML hardware alongside x86 processors to optimize performance and how this trend affects test and measurement processing.