ECE Product Resource Guide                                           

Contact information: 

Stephanie Amrite
National Instruments
Americas Marketing Manager


Product Overview

NI ELVIS is a project-based learning solution that combines instrumentation, embedded design, and web connectivity for engineering fundamentals and system design. It provides a comprehensive teaching solution for engaging students in hands-on labs involving analog circuits, mechatronics, power electronics, instrumentation, digital communications, digital electronics, controls, and more. Each laboratory solution includes lab material and complete experiments developed by experts in industry and education, so students can explore theory in the physical laboratory with a safe, in-depth experience. 

With its hands-on approach, NI ELVIS helps educators teach students practical, experimental engineering skills. Built on the concept of teamwork, this solution connects students to their experiments, which enables them to collaborate using the same technology in over 35,000 companies worldwide. It combines the precision and accuracy of seven benchtop instruments with the speed and customization of industrial embedded controllers in one single platform. Students can use its easy, prebuilt interfaces to customize at a level not available in any other educational laboratory equipment. 

Software includes interactive web and desktop soft front panels, instrumentation support for Windows and Mac, API support for LabVIEW and text-based languages, shipping examples, and detailed help files 

• Seven hardware instruments plus control I/O containing 16 AI, 4 AO, and 40 DIO
• 4-channel, 100 MS/s (400 MS/s single channel), 50 MHz oscilloscope with 14-bit resolution
• 16-channel, 100 MS/s logic analyzer/pattern generator
• 16-channel, 1 MS/s analog input with 16-bit resolution
• 40 DIO lines individually programmable as input, output, PWM, or digital protocols 


Drive Teamwork with Easy Coordination of Experiments

One of the major requests from industry and accreditation bodies is for students to graduate from college with an understanding of how to work in teams to solve a common engineering problem. Because NI ELVIS III is a network-connected device, it enables collaboration on experiments through multiuser access. Each of the seven instruments can be accessed simultaneously by different students connected wirelessly to NI ELVIS III. Also, the control I/O can be programmed independently by students accessing the instrumentation. This means that in a group of students, each individual can interact with NI ELVIS III to perform part of an experiment, so everyone is involved in a completely collaborative experimentation environment.  

Similarly, since NI ELVIS III can be remotely accessed, teaching assistants find assessing student work much simpler. Rather than designating time to meet in person with each student, the TA can be a remote resource logging in to each device after students complete the assignment.  

NI ELVIS III removes barriers to collaboration and enables more students to progress through a lab in less time. This increases student satisfaction and makes the best use of teaching staff resources.

Analog Discovery 2

Product Overview

The Analog Discovery 2 is a USB oscilloscope, logic analyzer, and multi-function instrument that allows users to measure, visualize, generate, record, and control mixed-signal circuits of all kinds. Developed in conjunction with Analog Devices and supported by Xilinx University Program. This test and measurement device is small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to replace a stack of lab equipment, providing engineering professionals, students, hobbyists. and electronic enthusiasts the freedom to work with analog and digital circuits in virtually any environment, in or out of the lab. The analog and digital inputs and outputs can be connected to a circuit using simple wire probes; alternatively, the Analog Discovery BNC Adapter and BNC probes can be used to connect and utilize the inputs and outputs. 

Driven by the free WaveForms software (Mac, Linux, and Windows compatible) software, Analog Discovery 2 can be configured to work as any one of several traditional test and measurement instruments including an Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Power Supply, Voltmeter, Data Logger, Logic Analyzer, Pattern Generator, Static I/O, Spectrum Analyzer, Network Analyzer, Impedance Analyzer, and Protocol Analyzer.


• Two-channel USB digital oscilloscope (1MΩ, ±25V, differential, 14-bit, 100MS/s, 30MHz+*)
• Two-channel arbitrary waveform generator (±5V, 14-bit, 100MS/s, 12MHz+ bandwidth*)
• 16-channel digital logic analyzer (3.3V CMOS and 1.8V or 5V tolerant, 100MS/s)
• 16-channel pattern generator (3.3V CMOS, 100MS/s)
• 16-channel virtual digital I/O including buttons, switches, displays, and LEDs, which is perfect for logic training applications
• Two input/output digital trigger signals for linking multiple instruments or providing an external trigger source
• Two channel voltmeter
• Network Analyzer with Bode, Nyquist, Nichols transfer diagrams of a circuit. The Network Analyzer has a range of 1Hz to 10MHz
• Spectrum Analyzer capable of power spectrum and spectral measurements (noise floor, SFDR, SNR, THD, etc.)
• Data Logger with exportable data and plot functionality
• Impedance Analyzer for analyzing capacitive and inductive elements
• Protocol Analyzer with SPI, I2C, CAN, AVR, and UART
• Two programmable power supplies (0…+5V , 0…-5V). The maximum available output current and power depend on the Analog Discovery 2 powering choice.
• Stereo audio amplifier to drive external headphones or speakers with replicated Arbitrary Waveform Generator signals
• An available Software Development Kit for programming with Python and C++, and a toolkit for programming with LabVIEW.
• MATLAB support for the Data Acquisition Toolbox


Product Overview

Multisim™ is industry-standard SPICE simulation and circuit design software for analog, digital, and power electronics in education and research. 

Multisim™ software integrates industry-standard SPICE simulation with an interactive schematic environment to instantly visualize and analyze electronic circuit behavior. Its intuitive interface helps educators reinforce circuit theory and improve retention of theory throughout engineering curriculum. By adding powerful circuit simulation and analyses to the design flow, Multisim™ helps researchers and designers reduce printed circuit board (PCB) prototype iterations and save development costs.


Solutions for Engineering Curricula

Product Overview

Topics in engineering courses vary widely from elementary to the sophisticated and integrating project-based learning into each can be a monumental undertaking involving months of research, emails, and meetings. Simplify your proposal by preparing with National Instrument's recommended solutions for each class, comparing the benefits of each recommendation to make a fully informed decision.

Topics Covered

• Introductory Engineering Topics 
• Analog Electronics
• Digital Electronics
• Power Electronics
• Wireless Communications
• Signals and Systems
• Linear/Non-Linear Control
• Experimental Design
• Mechatronics
• And more