National Instruments (NI) launched its Veristand 2009 real-time testing and simulation software, touted as an open, configuration-based product for creating real-time testing applications such as hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) and controlled environmental tests. The company claims that all of the common functions of a real-time test system are optimized in a ready-to-use format. The software can help you configure a multi-core-ready, real-time engine capable of supporting third-part I/O interfaces including data acquisition, field-programmable gate array (FPGA)-based I/O interfaces, and triggerable data-logging and stimulus-generation tasks.
NI Veristand 2009 test and simulation software helps you generate real-time hardware-in-the-loop and environmental testing scenarios.
NI reports that customersÃ¢â‚¬Å¡ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ control algorithms and simulation modes often required by real-time testing applications can be imported into Veristand from NI LabVIEW software, The MathWorks Simulink, and ITI SimulationX software. The new product provides a configurable run-time interface that includes tools to interact with real-time testing applications. The user interface is a run-time-editable workspace so you can create and modify user interfaces without interrupting test system execution.
The company says that the software can assist you in developing real-time test systems faster because you will be able to capture essential hardware I/O, simulation models, and other real-time task settings using an interactive system explorer window. The settings are saved in a system definition that is deployed to an execution target such as a PXI system. You can add user interface controls and indicators and map them to the system definition resources to interact with
real-time test systems. You can also use stimulus profile editors to create stimulus and logging configurations that are deployed to the execution target.
No programming knowledge is required to use the software. It is designed to be customized using LabVIEW, LabVIEW FPGA module, NI TestStand, Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, and Python products. You can view a web cast on real-time testing at www.ni.com/veristand.
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