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Maplesoft Collaborates with National Instruments
Maple Professional Math Toolbox for LabVIEW Enables Tight Mathematics Integration with Test and Control Systems

WATERLOO, CANADA, January 10, 2005 – Maplesoft™, the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, announced today the availability of the Maple Professional Math Toolbox for LabVIEW. The add-on product provides a bridge between the National Instruments LabVIEW 7.1 graphical development environment and Maple 9.5, giving technical professionals the ability to integrate the rich math of Maple and the test, automation and control capabilities of LabVIEW.

The Maple Professional Math Toolbox for LabVIEW provides two options for users to combine the power of LabVIEW and Maple. With a new library of automation VIs, users can pass data values between the environments, call the Maple mathematics engine and automate other Maple operations from LabVIEW. Also, in addition to the extensive analysis and mathematics libraries available in LabVIEW, developers now can reuse their existing Maple scripts directly inside the LabVIEW block diagram using a new LabVIEW script node.

"Integrating Maple into LabVIEW greatly extends the mathematical power of LabVIEW," said Greg Wempe, LabVIEW product marketing manager of National Instruments. "With the Maple Professional Math Toolbox for LabVIEW, LabVIEW users can take advantage of Maple’s tight integration of symbolic and numeric math to create a strong, analytical development approach."

"Maplesoft’s complementary solution development environment to LabVIEW will help speed product development," said Jim Cooper, CEO of Maplesoft. "Users can either develop solutions within LabVIEW using the world’s most advanced mathematical solvers in Maple, or develop and test solutions using the powerful Maple language and easily incorporate them into the LabVIEW application."

Maple Professional Toolboxes are add-on products that greatly extend the scope and functionality of Maplesoft products in specialized application areas. Designed to work seamlessly with the core Maple product suite, these high-performance products deploy best of breed technology to deliver maximum benefit from the world's most powerful technical software platform. Toolboxes target key application areas in engineering, science and technical application development. For more information, visit http://www.maplesoft.com/products/toolboxes.

Availability
The Maple Professional Math Toolbox for LabVIEW is available today. For more information, contact Maplesoft sales or visit http://www.maplesoft.com/products/toolboxes/labview.

About Maplesoft
Maplesoft is a world leader in mathematical and analytical software. Its suite of products include Maple 9.5, the standard among interactive mathematical software; MapleNet, a comprehensive mathematical infrastructure for the Web; and Maple T.A., a system for automated grading of mathematics tests. Maplesoft products embody the most advanced and integrated technology for both numeric and symbolic solution of complex problems. Its standards-compliant algorithms are renowned for their speed, accuracy and reliability. In addition, Maplesoft leads the market with innovations that make the management of technical knowledge – whether in industry, or in a classroom – more effective and efficient. Over two million users at thousands of organizations benefit from advanced Maple technology. Maplesoft’s commercial customer base includes Boeing, Bosch, Canon and NASA. Additionally, virtually every major university and research institute in the world, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford and Waterloo, has adopted Maple products to enhance their education and research activities. For more information, visit www.maplesoft.com.

About National Instruments
National Instruments (www.ni.com) is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,100 employees and direct operations in 41 countries. In 2003, the company sold products to more than 25,000 companies in 90 countries. For the past five years, FORTUNE magazine named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

For more information, please contact:
Maria Bo
Maplesoft
519.747.2373 ext.289
mbo@maplesoft.com

David Resnic or Jason Magner
Schwartz Communications
781.684.0770
maplesoft@schwartz-pr.com