This morning during the NI-Week keynote we previewed the LabVIEW System Designer. The LabVIEW System Designer introduces a System Diagram that lets you graphically design systems that integrate I/O, communication between devices and targets and multi-rate signal processing algorithms.
In communications signal processing, especially on FPGAs, many algorithms are multi-rate and must function in a streaming manner. There are three areas the LabVIEW System Designer focuses on:
- Multi-rate DSP algorithms on an FPGA targets
- Communication between multiple computing targets, including Windows hosts, Real-Time Processors and FPGAs
- Graphical configuration, management and visualization of hardware and I/O resources
Below is a diagram of an HDTV receiver and the image of the System Diagram created with the LabVIEW System Designer from this mornings Keynote. You can see a number of targets, communication of data between them as well as the VIs performing demodulation as well as MPEG decoding.
I’ll write more on each of the focus areas of the LabVIEW System Designer once NI-Week is over, if a specific area is of more or less interest please let me know so I can focus my future posts better. You can see a video of what we showed last year, I’ll post a link to this years video once it’s ready.
If you think you’d benefit from these features please let us know, we’re actively selecting people to join the pioneer program. As part of the pioneer program you’ll get early access to the software when it’s ready and interact with the product manager, program manager and engineers to help shape the product’s features. This is a critical phase where user feedback can help refocus our efforts in a broad sense or refine some key usability issues.