Strategy for reducing test development time using simulation tools

24-02-2023 | Pickering | Industrial

Pickering Interfaces has released its leading-edge hardware and software simulation tools. These tools help test engineers begin writing and verifying test program code, freeing them from supply chain constraints.

This comes from its three-pronged approach to obsolescence, further underscoring the company’s commitment to customer success.

The software and hardware tools can simulate all Pickering PXI and LXI switching products and most of the company’s PXI simulation products, permitting fast code development independent of application hardware. With these simulation tools, test engineers can mitigate supply chain risks, accelerate development time, and debug code without physical hardware.

“We want to remove every barrier engineers face in getting their test systems up and running,” said Noman Hussain, VP of Software at Pickering Interfaces. “With the Pickering Simulation tools, engineers can start evaluating hardware or testing code immediately. They can use these tools to easily select the optimum Pickering products for their test application. Then, the moment hardware arrives, they’re ready to deploy their test system.”

The PXI Simulation Software is now part of the standard PXI driver installation, while the LXI Simulation Software is a standalone windows application that emulates its switching and simulation products in a virtual environment. Engineers can use PXI and LXI software simulations to interact with test programs.

The LXI Simulation tool (model 60-901) is a plug-and-play device, and engineers commonly have it up and running within minutes. By simply connecting power and Ethernet cords, downloading and installing free drivers and choosing the appropriate modules to test, engineers can run a simulation and then readily re-program the tool to simulate different modules. These capabilities permit engineers to access thousands of modules within a few clicks.

By Seb Springall