NI Wireless Test System Provides Low Cost Testing Platform

By CIOReview | Friday, August 14, 2015
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AUSTIN, TX: National Instrument (NI), a software and hardware platform provider for engineers and scientists has launched a Wireless Test System (WTS) solution that lowers the cost of wireless production test.

With the rise in complex wireless testing, NI has developed PXI-based wireless tests that reduce cost, optimize speed and multiply throughout the production floor.

“To remain profitable in the future, companies will need to rethink their approach for wireless test and embrace new paradigms. Because the WTS is built on the industry-proven PXI platform and backed with the market expertise of NI, we expect it to have significant impact on the profitability of the IoT,” says Olga Shapiro, Program Manager for Measurement and Instrumentation at Frost & Sullivan, a consulting firm, market research analyst, technology analyst and economist.

The new software testing platform, WTS integrated with PXI hardware operates in single platform for multi-standard, multi-DUT and multi-port testing. This test when applied with TestStand Wireless Module, a flexible test sequencing software, the instrument can be notably modified when multiple devices are aligned parallely and tested. 

WTS is interoperable with ready-to-run test device that use chipsets from suppliers like Qualcomm and Broadcom as well as integrated DUT and remote automation control. This feature enables the customer to gain efficiency from their RF test equipment.

"We tested multiple wireless technologies ranging from Bluetooth to WiFi to GPS and cellular all with the same equipment using the NI Wireless Test System. The WTS and NOFFZ’s RF test engineering expertise helped us significantly reduce test time and the time it took to get our test systems up and running,” Markus Krauss, HARMAN/Becker Automotive Systems GmbH.

WTS is designed to test Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) access points, cellular handsets, infotainment systems and other multi-standard devices that include cellular, wireless connectivity and navigation standards. Software-designed  PXI vector signal transceiver technology Integrated in WTS enables advanced RF performance during the test.