06219628 is referenced by 278 patents and cites 14 patents.

A system and method for configuring an instrument to perform measurement functions, wherein the instrument includes a programmable hardware element. A graphical program is first created, wherein the graphical program implements a measurement function. The graphical program may include a front panel and a block diagram. The method then generates a hardware description based on at least a portion of the graphical program. The hardware description describes a hardware implementation of the at least a portion of the graphical program. The method then configures the programmable hardware element in the instrument utilizing the hardware description to produce a configured hardware element. The configured hardware element thus implements a hardware implementation of the at least a portion of the graphical program. The instrument then acquires a signal from an external source, and the programmable hardware element in the instrument executes to perform the measurement function on the signal. The front panel may be used by a user to control the instrument during the measurement.

Title
System and method for configuring an instrument to perform measurement functions utilizing conversion of graphical programs into hardware implementations
Application Number
8/912427
Publication Number
6219628 (B1)
Application Date
August 18, 1997
Publication Date
April 17, 2001
Inventor
Cary P Butler
Austin
TX, US
Brian K Odom
Pflugerville
TX, US
Hugo Andrade
Austin
TX, US
Jeffrey L Kodosky
Austin
TX, US
Agent
Conley Rose & Tayon PC
US
Agent
Jeffrey C Hood
US
Assignee
National Instruments Corporation
TX, US
IPC
G06F 7/60
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