NI adds new tools to LabView 2018
At this year’s NIWeek, in Austin, Texas, NI announced the release of LabView 2018, describing it as the platform software for test workflows that allows engineers to accelerate design innovation by taking advantage of new tools that simplify system integration and grant more control through hardware accessibility.
Addressing industry trends such as 5G, the industrial IoT (IIoT) and autonomous vehicles means that testing devices to ensure reliability, quality and safety introduces new demands and test configurations, coupled with decreased time and budget constraints, explained NI.
To meet demands like testing higher complexity DUTs and shorter timeframes, engineers need tools tailored to their needs that they can efficiently use through their workflow, helping them to meet their exact application requirements. LabView 2018 features products tailored to needs within distinct stages of the workflow. NI points out that these products have been adopted in whole or in part by more than 300,000 active users.
Engineers can use LabView 2018 to integrate more third-party IP, from tools like Python to make the most of the strengths of each package, or existing IP from their stakeholders. Test engineers can use new functionality in LabView 2018 to strengthen code reliability by automating the building and execution of software through integration with open interface tools like Jenkins for continuous delivery.
It is these capabilities that free test engineers to focus on system integration and development where they can offer differentiation, rather than become immersed in how to use software tools or move IP from one to another. For test engineers using FPGAs for high-performance processing, new deep learning functions and improved floating-point operations can reduce time to market, adds NI.
InstrumentStudio software provides an interactive multi-instrument experience, for example, while TestStand test management software handles overall execution and reporting and SystemLink software manages assets and software deployments. These combine to improve the productivity of test and validation labs across many industries, assures NI. Each piece of the workflow is also interoperable with third-party software to maximise code and IP reuse and draws on the LabView Tools Network ecosystem of add-ons and tools for more application-specific requirements.
Engineers can access both LabView 2018 and LabView NXG with a single purchase of LabView.