AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced its acquisition of Dresden, Germany-based Signalion GmbH. The acquisition delivers strong wireless communications talent and technologies to the NI platform, which are critical to NI's goal to continue to drive long term growth in the communications test industry. Signalion founders, Dr. Tim Hentschel and Dr. Thorsten Drager, will remain with the company as co-managing directors, and work closely with NI R&D to evolve the capabilities of NI LabVIEW system design software and modular PXI hardware for wireless test applications. Signalion will continue to operate as a wholly owned NI subsidiary and to sell and support its products through its direct, distributor and OEM channels. "NI continues to invest in the strategic areas of RF research, design and test," said Dr. James Truchard, president, CEO and co-founder of National Instruments. "Signalion has assembled a top team of researchers and developers through its close relationship with Technische Universitat Dresden (TU Dresden) working on the latest standards such as LTE, LTE-advanced and even fifth-generation wireless research. This expertise combined with a strong product portfolio strengthens our market position while laying the foundation for continued innovation using the NI PXI RF platform and LabVIEW for mobile communications and infrastructure test." "We at Signalion are excited to join National Instruments," said Hentschel. "Our significant experience with RF communications complements the NI platform and we look forward to working on products that will broaden the NI product offering." Click to Tweet: @NIGlobal acquires Signalion adding #RF wireless talent and technology to the company's growing product line http://bit.ly/X1CuhN For more information, visit http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/pub/p/id/1665. About National Instruments Since 1976, National Instruments ( www.ni.com) has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI's graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company's long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders. (NATI-G) About Signalion Founded in 2003 at the Technische Universitat Dresden, Signalion offers test and measurement products and services for wireless communications along with highly specialized consulting services in mobile communications. Signalion was the first to introduce a test UE (user equipment) for the LTE standard . Headquartered in Dresden, Germany, the company has approximately 50 employees.