Friday, September 18, 2009

NI Toolkit Helps Expand Test-System Documentation

National Instruments has announced the NI Teststand ATML Toolkit to help engineers expand test-system component interoperability and increase test-system documentation. The Automatic Test Markup Language (ATML) is an IEEE standard, consisting of XML document formats that describe different aspects of a test system. The toolkit adds support for the ATML Testdescription standard and improves support for the ATML Testresults standard in NI Teststand.

It can be downloaded from the National Instruments Services Resource Center and is available for free to customers who have the current Standard Service Program. With the toolkit, developers can reduce development and maintenance time by automating tasks such as generating code templates based on ATML Testdescription documents, applying changes in ATML Testdescription documents to existing test sequences and increasing the amount of useful information included in reports.

The toolkit can translate ATML Testdescription documents into NI Teststand sequences, NI Labview VIs and NI Labwindows/CVI functions that developers can use as starting points to develop their test software. This feature reduces development time by automating the previously manual process of translating an ATML Testdescription document to an executable application.

Engineers can also use the toolkit to apply changes from an updated ATML Testdescription document to a previously translated NI Teststand sequence file, reducing maintenance time and effort. In addition, it increases the amount of information in the ATML Testresults report compared to the current version of NI Teststand. The NI Teststand ATML Toolkit 1.0 supports version 1.0.1 of the ATML Testdescription standard and version 2.0.2 of the ATML Testresults standard.

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