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National Instruments Introduces NI TestStand 2010 with Enhanced Test Software Development Tools

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National Instruments  has recently launched a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) test management software for automated validation and production testing applications.  

Supporting the latest PC technologies, NI TestStand helps test engineers build a powerful software framework for accelerating the development of test sequences while minimising the total cost of ownership of maintaining test executive software deployed across many test stations.  

The new version of NI TestStand offers several team-based test software development tools such as 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.  

Test software development tools in NI TestStand 2010 are suitable for a variety of automated test applications within telecommunications, consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace and defence industries.  

Warren Scott, software design engineer at Tektronix and Certified TestStand Architect says that they have been using NI TestStand for six years and have seen significant efficiency gains when compared to a custom test executive.  

Speaking of the new Sequence Analyzer, he says the feature promises to greatly reduce the time required to debug test sequences and help them to better adhere to their coding guidelines and best practices for NI TestStand test software development tools.   

Key features of NI TestStand 2010 Sequence Analyzer: 

  • Teams can more efficiently collaborate on sequence development without spending time performing manual error checking
  • Checks the code against standard rules to ensure error-free code
  • Includes numerous rules for common errors and also helps engineers create their own custom rules within the Analyzer utility
  • New three-way diff-and-merge utility complements the Sequence Analyzer and provides teams with improved functionality for comparing and easily merging different files

Key features of NI TestStand 2010 

  • New features include a redesigned .NET Adapter that takes advantage of chained calls with dot notation and many other .NET Framework improvements
  • Supports 64-bit integers and pointers, which simplifies migration to 64-bit code modules so engineers can develop more memory-intensive applications
  • New enhancements allow engineers to implement advanced technology in their test system designs  
  • Optimised for use with LabVIEW
  • Enables engineers to create more modular test architectures using LabVIEW 2010 packed project libraries
  • Integrates with LabVIEW projects and classes to help teams implement object-oriented programming as well as combat obsolescence by using hardware abstraction layer architectures
  • Enhanced support for symmetric multiprocessing to simplify access to LabVIEW multithreading for improved performance on multi-core processors  

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