National Instruments ELVIS II design and prototyping platform

National Instruments has announced NI ELVIS II, the latest version of its design and prototyping platform for hands-on, project-based learning.

Based on the LabVIEW graphical system design software, NI ELVIS II gives educators 12 new USB plug-and-play instruments and complete integration with Multisim 10.1 software for SPICE simulation to simplify the teaching of circuit design.

In addition, educators can use NI ELVIS II with a suite of third-party boards and curriculum resources to teach control design, telecommunications and microcontroller concepts.

“NI ELVIS II, LabVIEW graphical system design software and the tight integration with Multisim 10.1 brings together cutting-edge hardware and software to create a hands-on platform for science and engineering labs,” said Ray Almgren, Vice President of Academic Relations for National Instruments. “By incorporating valuable feedback from educators around the world, NI ELVIS II delivers on educators’ needs to illustrate theoretical concepts taught in the classroom while giving students an opportunity to explore and design those concepts in an interactive environment using LabVIEW and Multisim.”

The new NI ELVIS II includes backward compatibility with the previous version, laboratory-friendly features such as USB plug-and-play connectivity and a smaller form factor to simplify setup and lab maintenance.

NI ELVIS II also features 12 of the most commonly used instruments in engineering and science laboratories, including an oscilloscope, function generator, variable power supply and isolated digital multimeter, in one low-cost, easy-to-use platform.

NI ELVIS II also features complete integration with new Multisim 10.1 software, leading SPICE simulation and schematic capture software. Educators and students can use Multisim 10.1 with NI ELVIS II to seamlessly switch between simulated and acquired data, overlay simulated and measured data in the same instrument and use a single platform when simulating or testing to provide a holistic view of the circuit design process – from designing and prototyping to deployment. Multisim also includes other pedagogically relevant features such as custom in-circuit quizzes and a 3-D NI ELVIS II feature that students can use to wire their circuits on a virtual replica of the system, increasing efficiency in the laboratory.

You can learn more about NI ELVIS II by viewing an online guided tour and downloading free curriculum for measurements, circuits, telecommunications and embedded and control design at

NI ELVIS II is currently orderable and scheduled to ship in July.

Pricing and Contact Information

NI ELVIS II priced from €2,354; £1,654

Multisim 10.1 priced from €439; £309


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