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IVI Foundation, Inc. Completes Incorporation Procedure


For the past three years, the IVI Foundation has defined a standard instrument driver model that enables engineers to swap instruments without recompiling software, resulting in significant savings in time and money. Due to membership growth and evolving strategic goals, incorporation is an important component to the organization’s continued growth and future success. “Because the IVI Foundation now is an independent legal entity, we can more easily move forward with our plans to aid engineers around the world in building high-performance test systems that provide increased interchangeability,” said Joe Mueller of Agilent Technologies, who was elected president of the IVI Foundation. As a legal entity, the foundation assembled a board of directors comprised of representatives from 10 companies. The newly formed board of directors elected a group of officers and committee chairs that will direct the foundation’s efforts to deliver specifications for better performing and more easily maintainable instrument programming models. These efforts will ultimately allow engineers to meet industry challenges, such as preserving software on long-life test systems when instruments become obsolete or maximizing use of existing resources by deploying a single test software system on test systems with different instrument hardware. The elected officers include Joe Mueller of Agilent Technologies as President, Jochen Wolle of Rohde & Schwarz as Secretary and Scott Rust of National Instruments as Treasurer of the IVI Foundation. The directors, officers and committee chairs are listed below, along with their parent companies. Each of the directors, officers, and committee chairs will serve for one year. Directors Company Officers and Committee Chair Joe Mueller Agilent Technologies President Scott Rust National Instruments Treasurer & Technical Committee Chair Jochen Wolle Rohde & Schwarz Secretary Gayle Matysek Northrop Grumman ESSS Users Group Chair David Howarth Keithley Instruments David Huddlestone Lucent Technologies Jeff Hulett Vektrex Electronic Systems Andrew Hutchinson Teradyne Badri Malynur Tektronix, Inc. Narayanan Ramachandran TYX Corporation Committee Chairs Only Dany Cheij National Instruments Marketing Committee Chair Patrick Johnson Racal Instruments Operations & Procedures Chair The board of directors also appointed Bode Enterprises to handle the administrative duties for the Foundation, and established the office of the Foundation at 2515 Camino del Rio South, Suite 340, San Diego, CA 92108. Teradyne will host the next IVI Foundation meeting, September 2001, in Boston, Massachusetts. The group plans to continue work on all technical tracks, and to establish a plan for voting on and approving all the specifications currently in work. About the IVI Foundation The IVI Foundation was originally formed in 1998, and officially incorporated in 2001. Its membership includes end-users, major instrument and software vendors, and system suppliers and integrators, who are dedicated to defining software standards for instrument interchangeability. For a complete membership roster and the foundation’s bylaws, please refer to the IVI Foundation’s website at


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