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November 30, 2010

National Instruments launches new test management tool NI TestStand 2010

Engineers can now build a software framework for accelerating the development of test sequences

By CBR Staff Writer

National Instruments (NI), a provider of LabVIEW software and hardware, has launched NI TestStand 2010, the commercial off-the-shelf test management software for automated validation and production testing.

NI TestStand enables 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 company said.

NI TestStand 2010 is designed for a automated test applications within telecommunications, consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace/defense and other industries.

With the new NI TestStand 2010 Sequence Analyser, teams can collaborate on sequence development without spending time performing manual error checking.

The Sequence Analyser checks the code against standard rules to ensure error-free code after engineers create a test sequence and also helps engineers create their own custom rules within the analyser utility.

The 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.

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Optimised for use with LabVIEW, NI TestStand 2010 takes advantage of LabVIEW 2010 packed project libraries to enable engineers create modular test architectures.

It 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 also gain support for symmetric multiprocessing to simplify access to LabVIEW multithreading for improved performance on multicore processors.

NI TestStand 2010 also 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.

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.

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