The Automated Test Outlook is a comprehensive view of key technologies and methodologies making an impact on the test and measurement industry. View the latest trends from National Instruments.
Additional Automated Test Trends
- Business Strategy—Optimizing Test Organizations
Organizations are elevating test engineering to a strategic asset to gain a competitive edge over the competition.
- Architectures—Measurements and Simulation in the Design Flow
Combining sophisticated models with real-world measurements improves product quality and reduces development time.
- Computing—PCI Express External Interfaces
The high-speed, low-latency bus internal to the PC is empowering new system topologies with external interface enhancements.
- Software—The Proliferation of Mobile Devices
The fact of a “smartphone in every pocket and a tablet in every bag” is changing how test systems are being controlled and monitored.
- I/O—Portable Measurement Algorithms
New tools are making it possible for measurement IP to be developed once and then deployed to a wide array of disparate processing elements.
- Business Strategy—Organizational Test Integration
Integrating validation and production test requires a focus on changes to people, processes, and technology.
- Architectures—System Software Stack
A highly integrated software framework provides a flexible architecture for adding measurement capability and reducing development time.
- Computing—Heterogeneous Computing
Future test systems will require different types of processing nodes to address increasing demands from analysis and processing needs.
- Software and I/O—IP to the Pin
Sharing FPGA IP between design and test will dramatically shorten design verification/validation and improve production test time and fault coverage.
- Business Strategy—Standardization
Developing a common test platform reduces cost and increases reuse throughout the product life cycle.
- Architectures—Multichannel RF Test
Testing next-generation wireless devices requires a highly synchronized parallel test architecture from signal to software.
- Computing—Peer-to-Peer Computing
Increasingly complex testing needs require higher performance, peer-to-peer computing architectures.
- Software—Embedded Design and Test
Real-time test software helps engineers reuse tests alongside their embedded system models throughout the development process.
- I/O—Reconfigurable Instruments
FPGA-based instruments deliver a new level of performance and flexibility by facilitating reconfigurability down to the hardware.