SAN FRANCISCO, 25 July, 2011 — ThinkEquity LLC - A Panmure Gordon Company, a leading boutique investment banking firm focused on growth companies and their investors, is pleased to announce that it served as exclusive financial advisor to National Instruments Corporation (NADSAQ: NATI) in its acquisition of AWR Corporation, a leading supplier of electronic design automation (EDA) software for designing RF and high-frequency components and systems for the semiconductor, aerospace and defense, communications, and test equipment industries.

Founded in 1976, National Instruments (NI) transforms the way engineers and scientists design, prototype, and deploy systems for measurement, automation, and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with its largest customer representing approximately 4 percent of revenue in 2010 and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has approximately 5,500 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 12 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.