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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