Developing Test Applications with the ECU Test System Course Overview

This course is designed to familiarize test engineers with the ECU Test System and create test sequences.


Course Last Release Date or Version Number: 1.0

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Developing Test Applications with the ECU Test System Course Outline


Getting to know your ECU Test System

Identify the different hardware and software components of the ECU Test System, find support and ​ understand the course project.

  • Overview of ECU Test
  • Identifying the ECU Test System Hardware Components
  • Identifying the ECU Test System Models
  • Setting Up the ECU Test System Software
  • Finding ECU Test System Help and Support

Introduction to the Course Project and DUT

Describe the course DUT connectivity, capabilities, ​and Test Plan.

  • Introducing the Course DUT
  • Exploring the Test Plan

Introducing your Test Executive: TestStand

Learn how to navigate the TestStand sequence editor and build a simple TestStand sequence.​

  • What is TestStand?
  • Navigating and Using TestStand
  • Introduction to the TestStand ECU Toolkit
  • Troubleshooting a TestStand Sequence

Connecting to the DUT

Route signals to and from your ECU using the mass interconnect and on-board switch instruments.

  • Connecting your DUT to the ECU Test System
  • Routing Signals from the DUT to Instruments without Switching
  • Routing Signals from the DUT to Instruments through a Switch
  • Routing Signals with NI Switches

Powering the DUT

Explore different options to power the DUT.

  • Identifying the ECU Power Connection
  • Selecting your Power Supply
  • Using Power Supplies from the TestStand ECU Toolkit
  • Configuring the RMX Power Supplies
  • Using the Power Supplies APIs

Communicating with the DUT



Communicate with your DUT over a standard protocol (CAN) and other options available in ECU Test System.



  • Automotive Networks in the ECU Test System
  • Setting up the NI-XNET database
  • Initializing Communication with the DUT
  • Communicating with the DUT – Reading and Writing Signals
  • Monitoring CAN Communication
  • Additional Communication Interfaces Available

Generating and Acquiring Signals

Use the tester’s instruments to generate and acquire signals.​

  • Exploring Available Instruments and Their Purpose
  • Generating and Acquiring Signals (TestStand ECU Toolkit Supported Instruments)
  • Generating and Acquiring Signals without the TestStand ECU Toolkit

Testing DUT Faults

Use the NI-SLSC Fault Insertion Units (FIUs) to insert faults on DUT pins.

  • Using Fault Insertion Units in NI’s SLSC Platform
  • Using Fault Insertion Units in NI’s SLSC Platform with Switch Executive

Sinking Power with RMX Electronic Loads

Use RMX electronic loads to simulate real-world electronic loads.

  • Overview of Electronic Loads
  • Using RMX Electronic Loads

Customizing and Debugging your Test Sequence

Customize the TestStand report and use a variety of tools to debug a TestStand sequence running on the ECU Test System.​

  • Configuring the TestStand Report
  • Additional/Auxiliary Debugging Tools

Deploying your Test Program

Deploy test code from a development PC to an ECU Test System.

  • Deployment Options and Considerations
  • Deploying in the TestStand Environment

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