Lab 1: Introduction to NI ELVIS Computer-Based Instrumentation

This lab introduces the idea of a computer-based instrument through building a simple instrument using the NI ELVIS II workstation and controlling it with a LabVIEW program. This lab also gives a short tutorial for LabVIEW programming.
by Dr. Petru A. COTFAS, Dr. Daniel T. COTFAS, Dr. Doru URSUTIU, and Dr. Cornel SAMOILA | Transilvania University of Brasov


This is lab 1 of 7 in the course, NI ELVIS Computer-Based Instrumentation.


  • Downloadable lab manual
  • LabVIEW VI's needed for completing labs are included in download



  • None


The NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) is a versatile laboratory platform that enables educators to teach over 20 different courses across science and engineering departments. The NI ELVIS integrates 12 common lab instruments including an oscilloscope, function...


LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.

Required Software  Download Academic Software, Learn About Software Licensing
  • LabVIEW 2014 or Later (requires license)
  • NI ELVISmx 14.0 or Later - Download
Required Hardware Purchase Engineering Education Products
  • NI ELVIS II or II+ - View Specifications, View User Manual
  • Digital multimeter (DMM)
  • Digital voltmeter (DMM[V]) Digital ammeter (DMM[A]) Required components include
  • 5.6 kΩ resistor, R1,R2 and R3 LM335 temperature sensor
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