Figure 3 A variety of instrument drivers provide different levels of functionality and complexity.
Plug and Play
Plug&Play Instrument Drivers simplify controlling and communicating with your instrument through a standard and simple programming model for all drivers. Plug&Play Instrument Drivers provide native source code for LabVIEW and LabWindows/CVI.
LabVIEW Plug&Play Drivers
A LabVIEW Plug&Play instrument driver is a set of VIs used to control and communicate with a programmable instrument. Each VI corresponds to a programmatic operation such as configuring, reading from, writing to, and triggering the instrument. LabVIEW Plug&Play instrument drivers comply with requirements and recommendations for programming style, error handling, front panels, block diagrams, icons, and online help. Because LabVIEW Plug&Play drivers maintain a common architecture and interface, you quickly and easily connect to and communicate with your instruments with very little or no code development. Moreover, with the standard programming model of LabVIEW Plug&Play instrument drivers, you can easily add instruments to your test system without worrying about learning new communication protocols or spending time understanding new programming paradigms.
In addition, LabVIEW instrument drivers that meet National Instruments requirements and recommendations do not rely on constantly changing technology such as Microsoft technologies. Instead, these instrument drivers are long-term solutions delivering more than a decade of compatibility. With LabVIEW instrument drivers, you can use an instrument driver written in 1992 in