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03.05.01<P>Volvo Advances Car Safety With National Instruments Software; Engineers at State-of-the-Art Crash Lab Designing Future of Auto Safety<P>AUSTIN, Texas -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI - news) announced today that its Diadem(TM) software plays a key role in award-winning automotive safety designs developed by Volvo Car Corp. (Nasdaq: VOLVY - news) at its safety center in Goteborg, Sweden. The high-tech test facility has standardized on NI Diadem to analyze the impact and force of car collisions.<P>By using sensors and extensive instrumentation, Volvo engineers collect data from controlled collisions at the Volvo Car Safety Centre. To improve the design of Volvo automobiles, Volvo conducts as many as 150 controlled crashes per year on two specially designed tracks, each stretching more than the length of a football field. The award-winning automobile manufacturer also conducts numerous component tests and crash simulations. Engineers parse through data from these tests using NI Diadem.<P>``To produce a car that functions in a real-life traffic environment, it is important to simulate accident patterns in traffic using realistic tests. That is why our investment is first and foremost an investment in technology,'' said Volvo Project Manager Anders Storm. ``With NI Diadem, our automotive engineers work more efficiently because they can quickly see how well their designs hold up under real-life crash conditions.''<P>The success of the Volvo Safety Centre demonstrates the NI commitment to providing engineers the tools they need to be successful and productive, said Dr. James Truchard, NI President and CEO.<P>``We are pleased that with our technology, Volvo engineers meet the highest standards for car occupant safety, which ultimately affects so many people's lives,'' Truchard said.<P>Diadem, was developed by GfS Systemtechnik GmbH & Co.KG of Aachen, Germany. NI acquired GfS in 1999 to enhance the Company's expertise in measurement and automation while extending GfS products and services to a global market.<P>While NI software and hardware have extensive applications in the automotive industry, the Company serves customers in a broad array of other markets. Many engineers use NI solutions to build custom applications for the telecommunications, semiconductor, and petrochemical industries. Because of this diversity, no single industry represents more than 10 percent of NI revenue. In fact, the top 100 NI customers amount to only 35 percent of NI revenue.<P>About NI<P>NI leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 2,500 employees and direct sales offices in more than 30 countries. NI is increasing the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to- integrate software and modular hardware. In fiscal year 2000, NI recorded its 24th consecutive year of double-digit growth with net revenue totaling $410 million. For the past two consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.<P>NI investment information may be obtained from the Company's Investor Relations Department on the Web at ni.com/nati, by sending e-mail to [email protected], or by calling (512) 683-5090.<P>Product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies. <P><BR> Editor Contact:<BR> Kathleen Fisher<BR> (512) 683-5731<P>SOURCE: National Instruments<BR>Volvo Advances Car Safety With National Instruments Software; Engineers at State-of-the-Art Crash Lab Designing Future of Auto Safety<BR>AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI - news) announced today that its Diadem(TM) software plays a key role in award-winning automotive safety designs developed by Volvo Car Corp. (Nasdaq: VOLVY - news) at its safety center in Goteborg, Sweden. The high-tech test facility has standardized on NI Diadem to analyze the impact and force of car collisions.<P>By using sensors and extensive instrumentation, Volvo engineers collect data from controlled collisions at the Volvo Car Safety Centre. To improve the design of Volvo automobiles, Volvo conducts as many as 150 controlled crashes per year on two specially designed tracks, each stretching more than the length of a football field. The award-winning automobile manufacturer also conducts numerous component tests and crash simulations. Engineers parse through data from these tests using NI Diadem.<P>``To produce a car that functions in a real-life traffic environment, it is important to simulate accident patterns in traffic using realistic tests. That is why our investment is first and foremost an investment in technology,'' said Volvo Project Manager Anders Storm. ``With NI Diadem, our automotive engineers work more efficiently because they can quickly see how well their designs hold up under real-life crash conditions.''<P>The success of the Volvo Safety Centre demonstrates the NI commitment to providing engineers the tools they need to be successful and productive, said Dr. James Truchard, NI President and CEO.<P>``We are pleased that with our technology, Volvo engineers meet the highest standards for car occupant safety, which ultimately affects so many people's lives,'' Truchard said.<P>Diadem, was developed by GfS Systemtechnik GmbH & Co.KG of Aachen, Germany. NI acquired GfS in 1999 to enhance the Company's expertise in measurement and automation while extending GfS products and services to a global market.<P>While NI software and hardware have extensive applications in the automotive industry, the Company serves customers in a broad array of other markets. Many engineers use NI solutions to build custom applications for the telecommunications, semiconductor, and petrochemical industries. Because of this diversity, no single industry represents more than 10 percent of NI revenue. In fact, the top 100 NI customers amount to only 35 percent of NI revenue.<P>About NI<P>NI leverages commercial technologies, such as industry-standard computers and the Internet, to deliver customer-defined measurement and automation solutions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 2,500 employees and direct sales offices in more than 30 countries. NI is increasing the productivity of engineers and scientists worldwide by delivering easy-to- integrate software and modular hardware. In fiscal year 2000, NI recorded its 24th consecutive year of double-digit growth with net revenue totaling $410 million. For the past two consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.<P>NI investment information may be obtained from the Company's Investor Relations Department on the Web at ni.com/nati, by sending e-mail to [email protected], or by calling (512) 683-5090.<P>Product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies. <P><BR> Editor Contact:<BR> Kathleen Fisher<BR> (512) 683-5731<P>SOURCE: National Instruments <BR>
 
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