National Instruments Integrates TestStand 3.0 with Legacy PAWS ATLAS TPS

12/17/2003 - National Instruments announced new TYX PAWS ATLAS Test Program Set (TPS) integration in TestStand 3.0 to protect major investments in existing military and aerospace test systems around the world.

"The new TestStand integration with PAWS ATLAS TPS is very important for supporting legacy TPS installed around the world," said Mike Krayewsky program manager at Lockheed Martin Information Systems. "It is important to protect the large investments in existing test systems while refreshing systems to take advantage of the latest test software technology such as NI TestStand 3.0 and LabWindows/CVI 7.0. Lockheed Martin Information Systems is evaluating the new TestStand PAWS ATLAS TPS step types for possible use in their future test projects."

The TestStand 3.0 PAWS ATLAS interface features the ability to browse and select PAWS ATLAS TPS files, specify parameters and perform remote control. Runtime features of the new TestStand PAWS ATLAS step type deliver full compliance of TPS Server state transitions, such as attaching, loading and detaching; parameter reading and writing; global locking; handling of manual TPS intervention; and the ability to pause and terminate sequence execution.

NI TestStand helps engineers migrate test systems written in legacy test environments. Before TestStand 3.0, engineers spent significant development time to migrate their legacy systems making it difficult to integrate new tools and test methods. With the open language interface provided by the TestStand module adapters, engineers can quickly integrate new or legacy code to save significant development time and avoid unnecessary risk associated with major changes to existing test code. In addition to PAWS ATLAS, engineers can use TestStand module adapters to call tests written in popular programming languages such as NI LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Visual Basic 6.0, Visual Basic .NET, C#, Visual C++, HTBasic, HP-VEE, Perl, TCL, JAVA and Delphi.

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