National Instruments has released MATRIXx 8.0 for model-based 
design, simulation and embedded code generation. The latest vision 
of the program features an updated user interface and introduces a 
project-based development environment to help engineers, 
designers and researchers in industries such as aerospace and 
automotive better manage large projects. The package is also 
backward compatible with MATRIXx 7.1 to simplify import of earlier 
models and projects. 

The new project-based development environment in MATRIXx 8.0 
provides users with several organizational tools to handle large 
projects easily. Users now have a data dictionary to better manage 
information associated with a project as well as a search utility 
that assists with the navigation through models. The project-based 
environment also features help resources and a new model 
comparison utility to provide hierarchical differencing between 
SuperBlocks, giving users an easy way to identify changes between 
different versions of the same model. 

MATRIXx 8.0 also delivers significant improvements to the user 
interface with a general modernization of the development 
environment. The updated development environment aligns with 
standard Windows conventions and features such as right-click and 
integrated help menus as well as drag-and-drop and double-click 
options. By using features similar to Windows, MATRIXx 8.0 provides 
a familiar interface that new users can take advantage of to create 
applications quickly and easily. The MATRIXx software, which was 
acquired by National Instruments in 2003, has been used in the 
design of dynamic control systems for aerospace and automotive 
applications for more than 20 years. 

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