National Instruments acquires DSP software developer

Austin, TX—National Instruments (NI) reported Dec. 3 that it has acquired software devel-oper Hyperception (Dallas, TX), which designs graphical development tools for digital signal processing (DSP).


Austin, TX— National Instruments (NI) reported Dec. 3 that it has acquired software developer Hyperception (Dallas, TX), which designs graphical development tools for digital signal processing (DSP). Hyperception’s software uses a graphical system design methodology to generate embedded code for DSP chips, including Texas Instruments’ (TI) C2000/C3000/C5000/C6000 DSP families and Analog Devices’ SHARC/Blackfin DSP families.

'Hyperception DSP technology and patented NI LabView software are very similar in their graphical development methodology,' said Mihir Ravel, NI’s technology and corporate development VP. 'Integrating Hyperception’s DSP tools into our LabView graphical software platform delivers a much more conducive environment for embedded DSP application development that can span the entire design-to-test cycle.'

NI adds that the acquisition strengthens its position as a leader in graphical development tools for design and test engineers, and offers enhanced capabilities for the LabView platform to di-rectly target embedded signal processing applications. Jim Zachman, Hyperception’s president, adds that, 'Our deep investment in graphical DSP technology over the past 20 years, combined with the wide product appeal of the NI’s LabView platform, will help a new generation of engi-neers integrate DSP into a variety of innovative applications.'

NI will continue to operate Hyperception as a separate company in Dallas, while their development teams work to integrate the products and knowledge base of the two companies. As a wholly owned subsidiary of NI, Hyperception will continue to develop and offer its complete line of graphical development software for DSP applications, as well as directly support educational initiatives with uninterrupted support to participating schools.

'Integration of the Hyperception graphical DSP technology with LabView is a leap forward in simplifying the development of signal processing solutions, and expands the reach of DSP technology to many new users and applications,' says Doug Rasor, TI’s worldwide strategic marketing VP. 'This benefits not only design engineers, but also students. NI and Hyperception share our commitment to, and actively participate in, the education of our future engineers with leading educational programs, such as The Infinity Project

Created by TI and SMU in 1999, The Infinity Projecte already started working with Infinity's leaders to investigate long-term opportunities to expand the scope of the program by adding NI’s technology.

'National Instruments has a strong track record of successfully working with universities, high schools and younger grades to educate future scientists and engineers by creating tools that are engaging and fun for the students,' says Dr. Geoffrey Orsak, co-founder of The Infinity Project. 'National Instruments support of The Infinity Project will help us significantly expand the number of students that see engineering and science as exciting career paths.'

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jim Montague, news editor

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