National Instruments has introduced NI TestStand 2010, the industry’s most widely used commercial off-the-shelf test management software for automated validation and production testing. NI TestStand helps test engineers build a powerful 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 many new team-based development features including a Sequence Analyser, a three-way file diff-and-merge utility, support for new PC technologies and enhanced integration with NI LabVIEW graphical system design software. NI TestStand 2010 is ideal for a variety of automated test applications within telecommunications, consumer electronics, automotive, aerospace/defence and other industries.
“We have been using NI TestStand for the last six years and have seen significant efficiency gains when compared to a custom test executive,” said Warren Scott, Software Design Engineer at Tektronix and Certified TestStand Architect. “The new Sequence Analyser feature promises to greatly reduce the time required to debug our test sequences and help us to better adhere to our coding guidelines and best practices for NI TestStand.”
With the new NI TestStand 2010 Sequence Analyser, teams can more efficiently collaborate on sequence development without spending time performing manual error checking. For example, after engineers create a test sequence, the Sequence Analyser 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 new 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 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. 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 optimised for use with LabVIEW. It takes advantage of LabVIEW 2010 packed project libraries so engineers can create more modular test architectures. NI TestStand also integrates with LabVIEW projects and classes to help teams implement object-oriented programming and combat obsolescence by using hardware abstraction layer architectures. As an added benefit, engineers using NI TestStand 2010 gain enhanced support for symmetric multiprocessing to simplify access to LabVIEW multithreading for improved performance on multicore processors.