LabVIEW 8.6 is a graphical system design software platform for control, test and embedded system development. Building on the inherent parallel nature of graphical programming, it delivers tools to help engineers and scientists take advantage of the benefits of multicore processors, field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and wireless communication. The platform includes more than 1,200 advanced analysis functions optimized for faster math and signal processing on multicore systems for control and test applications. With support for the latest wireless data acquisition devices and drivers for 22 third-party wireless sensors, it simplifies programming of distributed measurement systems with a single software platform. New 3-D visualization tools help engineers integrate remote measurements with design models to accelerate design validation.