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Tools for Formula Student Teams

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How Can You Use NI Tools?

National Instruments develop tools to allow teams to create closely integrated hardware/software solutions used in all stages of the design, prototype and production of Formula Student cars. As a provider of commercial-of-the-shelf hardware and software products such as LabVIEW and CompactRIO, National Instruments are enabling many of the Formula Student teams to create advanced solutions, for their data acquisition, embedded control, and system simulation and testing.


LabVIEW is a graphical programming environment used by engineers and scientists worldwide to develop sophisticated measurement, test and control systems using intuitive graphical icons and wires that resemble a flowchart. LabVIEW offers unrivalled integration with thousands of hardware devices and provides hundreds of built-in libraries for advanced analysis and data visualisation. By Using LabVIEW to abstract much of the complexity, Formula Student teams have been able to reduce development time significantly while improving performance.



NI CompactDAQ

With more than 50 million I/O channels sold in the last 10 years, National Instruments is also the global market leader in PC-based data acquisition (CompactDAQ) with a complete family of DAQ products for desktop, portable, industrial, and embedded applications. DAQ is an essential part of any car both in development and during the race as it facilitates a greater understanding of the performance and operation.



NI CompactRIO

National Instruments real-time products such as CompactRIO, combine the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment with embedded technology to achieve the deterministic performance of dedicated real-time and FPGA targets. Formula Student applications can run predictably in time with increased reliability and flexibility Stand-alone distribution allows the deployment of this technology into the formula student cars themselves.

With a combination of high speed; high accuracy data acquisition, powerful embedded control hardware and a graphical programming approach the formula student teams are using the cutting edge of technology shave minutes off their lap times.