NI updates TestStand to improve team-based test software - Embedded.com

NI updates TestStand to improve team-based test software

NI TestStand 2010 is a commercial off-the-shelf test management software for automated validation and production testing. It will help test engineers build a software framework for accelerating the development of test sequences and minimises the total cost of ownership of maintaining test executive software deployed across many test stations.

The latest version adds team-based development features including a sequence analyzer, a three-way file diff-and-merge utility, support for new PC technologies and enhanced integration with NI LabVIEW graphical system design software.

It can be used for a variety of automated test applications within telecommunications, consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace/defence and other industries.

The sequence analyzer should enable teams to more efficiently collaborate on sequence development without spending time performing manual error checking. For example, after engineers create a test sequence, the sequence analyzer checks the code against standard rules to ensure error-free code.

It includes numerous rules for common errors and also helps engineers create their own custom rules within the analyser utility. A three-way diff-and-merge utility complements the sequence Analyser and provides teams with improved functionality for comparing and easily merging different files. This is especially useful for teams using source-code control software to manage the revision control of their test software development.

NI TestStand 2010 supports the latest PC technologies with features including a redesigned .NET Adapter that takes advantage of chained calls with dot notation and many other .NET Framework improvements. Additionally, NI TestStand 2010 supports 64-bit integers and pointers, which simplifies migration to 64-bit code modules so engineers can develop more memory-intensive applications. With these enhancements, engineers can implement the most advanced technology in their test system designs.

NI TestStand 2010 is optimized for use with LabVIEW. It takes advantage of LabVIEW 2010 packed project libraries so engineers can create more modular test architectures and also integrates with LabVIEW projects and classes to help teams implement object-oriented programming and combat obsolescence by using hardware abstraction layer architectures.

Engineers using NI TestStand 2010 gain enhanced support for symmetric multiprocessing to simplify access to LabVIEW multithreading for improved performance on multicore processors.

The NI TestStand 2010 development system is priced from $3,899. More information is available here.

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