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Trends and Technologies Driving the Future of Test

Moore’s law has driven tremendous increases in performance and reductions in cost for electronics products across every industry for more than half a century. At this Industry Leaders Presentation, Dr. James Truchard, National Instruments co-founder, president, and CEO, discusses the impact of Moore’s law on test instrumentation.

Truchard will look at today’s test platforms and explore ways that engineers can reduce hardware footprint, cost, and power consumption using the latest commercial technologies such as multicore processing, PCI Express, and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). He will provide insight on the importance of software investment and discuss how the miniaturization of hardware can improve test system design.  He also will explore critical technologies on the horizon for standardization, multichannel RF test, peer-to-peer computing, embedded design and test as well as reconfigurable instrumentation, and the effect these technologies have on throughput, speed, and cost of test.

Please join us to hear from one of Forbes Magazine’s top 10 CEOs, Dr. James Truchard, discuss the future of Test.

Dr. James Truchard
President & CEO, 
National Instruments

Dr. James Truchard, National Instruments president and CEO, co-founded the company in 1976 while working at The University of Texas at Austin. Under Truchard’s leadership, National Instruments has pioneered the development of virtual instrumentation software and hardware that has revolutionized the way engineers design and develop measurement and automation applications. Truchard is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist who has made a significant impact in the industry and in engineering education.

Last year, FORBES magazine named Dr. Truchard America’s Sixth Favorite CEO. Three years before that, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, what is widely considered to be the highest honor given in the engineering profession. Truchard was also named The University of Texas Distinguished Engineering Graduate in 2004 and in 2003, he was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. In 2002, Electronic Design, a leading electronics publication, inducted Truchard into its Engineering Hall of Fame and, in 2001, Frost & Sullivan, a global market consulting firm, honored him as the CEO of the Year for the test and measurement industry. In addition, Worth magazine named him one of the nation’s 50 best CEOs for three consecutive years, emphasizing his focus on long-term growth and innovation.

Before founding NI, Truchard worked as managing director of the acoustical measurements division at Applied Research Laboratories at The University of Texas at Austin. Truchard holds a doctorate in electrical engineering, as well as a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in physics, all from The University of Texas at Austin.

DATE:  March 29th, 2011

5:30PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00PM Program Begins
7:30PM Program Ends


6290 Sequence Drive
San Diego, CA 92121


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