Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NI Enhances Test Management Software

National Instruments has introduced NI Teststand 4.2, the latest version of its test management software for developing test and validation systems. This version is designed to reduce test development time and costs through enhanced integration with test modules written in almost any programming language. NI Teststand 4.2 features improved integration with programming environments such as NI Labview and Labwindows/CVI software, as well as Microsoft .Net and scripting languages such as Perl, Python and TCL.

The software reduces test system development time by serving as a commercial test executive that helps engineers reuse the software investments they have already made with various programming languages. By providing integration with scripting and .Net languages, NI Teststand 4.2 makes it possible for engineers to take advantage of their software investments and create an efficient, commercial off-the-shelf solution for their system requirements.

The improved integration with numerous programming languages also extends NI Teststand to engineers who were previously unable to use the software. The latest version of NI Teststand offers faster deployment of Labview code to help engineers further speed up their development process and generate deployment versions of NI Teststand systems. It includes automated Labview code validation to help developers write code modules faster. NI Teststand 4.2 also features Labwindows/CVI memory leak detection, which simplifies Labwindows/CVI code debugging and memory leak identification to further streamline test system development.

Additionally, the latest version of NI Teststand gives test system developers more control over multi-core processors with the ability to specify processor and core affinity for threads. If using a multi-core processor, engineers can now control the distribution of threads generated by NI Teststand and optimise the performance of their software for various multi-core architectures. NI Teststand 4.2 also helps test systems generate test result reports faster and gives developers the option to customise reports more easily.

For example, engineers can generate report path names programmatically and determine how to name and save reports based on parameters such as month, year and test result.

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