National Instruments is the latest company to join Power.org, an organization dedicated to developing Power Architecture technology as the preferred open standard platform for the electronics industry. NI joins companies like Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, and Xilinx in creating specifications and support development tools for Power Architecture technology — an instruction set architecture prevalent in microprocessors. "We look forward to collaborating with the Power.org community to help advance the microprocessor architecture and to help realize its full potential," James Truchard, National Instruments president, CEO and cofounder, said in a statement. The companies benefit by sharing individual expertise in Power Architecture to create high-performance hardware and software. National Instruments' contribution will enable engineers to combine Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) hardware with NI LabVIEW graphical development tools to program Power Architecture processors and quickly design, prototype and deploy embedded systems. Several National Instruments products support Power Architecture technology, including the CompactRIO reconfigurable embedded control and acquisition system. "Since the start of 2007, the organization has not only grown but leveraged the expertise and commitment of companies to deliver new standards and programs while increasing business value to the design engineering community," Roland Hagan, chairman of the Power.org Board of Directors and vice president of marketing and strategy for IBM Global Engineering Solutions, said in a statement.