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Jayaram Pillai, Managing Director – IndRAA, National Instruments

NIDays 2016 “Accelerating development process”

Jan 31, 2017

…says Jayaram Pillai, Managing Director – IndRAA, National Instruments, in this interaction with A&D India during the recently held NIDays 2016. He discusses NI’s platform in providing solutions to meet real-world engineering challenges by redefining Industrial Internet of Things. Excerpts…

NIDays 2016 witnessed the addition of new channel wires to LabVIEW 2016? Can you brief us more on this? Can this be integrated into the older version of LabVIEW software?

The channel wire, a new feature in LabVIEW 2016, simplifies the programming involved in data transfer between parallel loops, such as the common producer/consumer pattern. Available on both desktop and real-time versions of LabVIEW, the channel wire method helps improve code readability and reduces development time. Channel wires abstract complex data transfer patterns to help users develop applications that run correctly with fewer mouse clicks and fewer corner cases to debug. Channel wires will be supported in the subsequent releases. However, the users of older versions of LabVIEW would need to resort to conventional methods such as queues and variables to obtain similar functionality.

Can you highlight the role of NI in automotive vehicle testing? What are the latest offerings in this domain to accelerate the vehicle development process from concept to production?

NI tools are used by various automotive OEMs & suppliers for rapid control prototyping, hardware-in-the loop testing, invehicle test & logging, infotainment test, test cell measurement & control and end-of-line testing. In each of these cases, NI tools accelerate the development process by providing an open & customisable hardware and software platform. At NIWeek this year, we announced turnkey HIL simulators built on an open, modular architecture for automotive and aerospace embedded software testers. These HIL simulators combine real-time operating system and FPGA technology offered onboard the PXI and CompactRIO platforms.

With the advent of autonomous vehicles, automotive engineers worldwide are working on mmWave radar technology for implementing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). NI’s new 2nd generation Vector Signal Transceiver (VST) boasts a 1 GHz instantaneous bandwidth, with a programmable FPGA at the back, to help automotive test engineers develop HIL test systems for cutting-edge automotive radar technologies.

How NI can help the Indian factories by providing a platform for their journey towards Industry 4.0?

‘Smart Factories’ or Industry 4.0 focus on the latest techniques, designs and equipment to make modern manufacturing efficient, organised and structured. NI, along with a vast partner network, collaborates with many industry players to help build connected, intelligent systems that ensure the quality of the product and the information being transferred to significantly accelerate the development process & make the overall process more efficient. Indian customers, too, have access to these NI platforms, which have the capability to acquire, analyse and present Big Analog data, which includes data from light, radio frequency signals, vibrations and temperatures, etc, thereby, enabling a smarter, operator-centric production environment for the futureready factories. At NI India, we continuously strive to make these platforms easily accessible and we also wish to leverage this level of insight and deep knowledge of the technological advances to help Indian customers.

Can you brief us on your company’s short-term and longterm plans for the Indian market, especially its role in the industry-institute collaboration?

Our company’s long-term plans remain aligned with our company’s mission to provide versatile platforms to scientists and engineers. Our short-term plans aim to align with ‘Make in India’ program through collaborations and partnerships with various industry and institute associations. NI India and IEEE India, recently signed an MoU to collaboratively work on professional skill development programs that address the need for proficient engineers for the evolving Indian high tech industry. NI India also launched the NI India Business Incubator Program to provide increased access to NI technology, technical training and support to the shared local communities like domestic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), academic incubation centres and startups.☐

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