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Real User
Signal Integrity Engineer at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Feb 25 2019

What is most valuable?

The whole core thing of the program with its automation. I like the new version of the user interface. It's pretty simple and easy to jump into, so it is good.

How has it helped my organization?

I can automate a lot of testing very quickly. With just a push of a button, I can test hundreds of different scenarios without having to do all that manual testing myself.

What needs improvement?

It took a good year until I felt proficient using the product, as It is a complex program. Their newest version has a less steep learning curve, but back closer to 15 years ago, it was a lot less… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's reasonably priced for what we spend our money on in the lab. It's one of the lower-end purchases.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

That was the first automation software I have used.

What other advice do I have?

We are not using this product to support connected devices for IoT development. We are measuring high-speed, differential, and DVR signals. I say, "Go ahead and purchase LabVIEW. I give it two thumbs… more»
Real User
Applications Engineer at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

It took us less than a week to get integrated into the solution, which is very fast. The user interface is very good. National Instruments has been developing their… more»

How has it helped my organization?

These products are a very low-cost, effective alternative to traditional Big Iron ATE hardware.

What needs improvement?

National Instruments needs to be focusing on its 5G RF applications. They are aware of this, and that's where most of their R&D is going. These products aren't out to… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's the low-cost alternative, so it's good.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We switched due to cost. In our industry (the test industry), the two big players are incredibly expensive. I came in with a low cost solution.

What other advice do I have?

The product is good and mature. Know your end product and what you need to do before you invest in the system. You need to be sure that it will work for you because it is… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Advantest and Teledyne, but we went with National Instruments due to price. We did receive a demo before purchasing. National Instruments has conferences every year. We… more»
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Real User
Senior Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The integrated lateral view makes it easier to develop your test systems and test software flow. That's the beauty of it.

How has it helped my organization?

It speeds up the process to develop test software. It's all graphical, which is easier to use rather than seeing it in syntax. There are cases where syntax is easier to use than graphical form. According to my colleague, the graphical helps to do things faster and debug more quickly.

What needs improvement?

There is a learning curve. It might take a year if you're not well-versed with it. It's pretty easy though. It depends on what field that you're from. If you're in an automated field, it's quite easy. But if you're not, then it's going to take some time.

What other advice do I have?

The application space that this solution targets is 5G and high-speed systems. 5G is where we are developing some chips to test whether it prequalifies for a necessary requirement before we embed it into our box. Then, in high-speed systems, we're still figuring out how exactly we're going to test… more»
Armando Arenai
Real User
Senior Technical Officer at a aerospace/defense firm with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 27 2019

What is most valuable?

The customer support is its most valuable feature. The user interface is absolutely great. It creates an easy working environment because it has well-integrated hardware and software. So, it is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

I would like to have more RF. They're going that way, but still there is some work that they have to do.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It's a bit expensive. However, you get the entire package, not just the box. It's a box which supports older releases. They have an initial investment cost, which is quite high. But, along the way, there is so much behind it that the… more»

What other advice do I have?

The use of this solution does require a specific mindset. Some people are not tailored for it. Try it. The learning curve is really fast, so it's easy to use. We are measuring RF signals, one-sided analog signals, and control loops for… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I did a market survey before I start to use this solution, comparing it other vendors. I also did demos of all the solution. Doing the demos, I learned the competitors were difficult to use and there was no real good customer support. I… more»
Real User
Test Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

The user interface is pretty nice, pretty intuitive. Another valuable feature is automatically resetting everything. That helps a new user to start off. And most of the features are on the screen itself. The naming convention makes it very… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It helps to debug things faster. You know what the signal quality is going into the device and coming out of it.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more of a tasking user base and documentation inside the instrument itself, rather than having to go online for it.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We have been using the same product for a long time. If we thought the new products were better we would switch. If the scope probe cannot handle the speed anymore, the newer ones will be better able to handle that. It basically comes down… more»

What other advice do I have?

Using this product is helpful, so I would recommend it to people at any other company. There is not much of a learning curve; maybe a few days. I, myself, have not used the device for the connection of IoT devices, but we do have plans to… more»
Real User
User at a tech vendor
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

* Ease of use. * There are no setup costs. * It has turnkey operations. Just turn on a machine, put your stuff in, and you can test right away.

How has it helped my organization?

It helps us to save on our investment with a lot of the stuff that we buy, as we can find defects quickly.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The price is a little steep. A lot of people, like our customers, use a different machine because of the price. The price has to come down a bit so we can do other tests without paying the equipment's high costs.

What other advice do I have?

Consider the cost of the capital investment before purchasing. It does not take that long to learn. A high school graduate can learn how to operate the machine. It is not that hard. The application space that this solution targets is mostly data centers and module servers. We are using it to measure… more»
Consultant
Consultant at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 24 2019

What is most valuable?

It was easy to use, user-friendly. The user interface is very good, easy to understand, and easy to operate.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see them increase the productivity and auxiliary functions.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing was good. Compared to the others, it was very good.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We chose this product because of the reputation of the company and because we were familiar with their other products. We didn't do a demo. We went with it because of the familiarity with their previous products, so we just bought the… more»

What other advice do I have?

Go with their products. They are reliable, the price is good, and you get good service. There was no learning curve. It was easy to use. It took a day to learn it. The solution was also field-upgradable. With the advance of technology, with… more»
Robert Mangayan
Real User
Supply Chain Manager at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 25 2019

What is most valuable?

Speed and reliability. There was no learning curve. We could use their board right away. The user interface is very good. Their boards are reliable. We buy boards from them, they are reliable, and we don't have problems with them.

What needs improvement?

I would like more speed and a reduction in size.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I would like more competitive pricing.

What other advice do I have?

They are good on delivery and their boards are reliable, but their pricing is not that competitive. We are using this product to support connect devices.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated a few vendors and did demos with them.
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