As a leader in functional test hardware and software, National Instruments has been at the forefront of the evolution of electronics manufacturing and test. Based on many years of working with electronics manufacturers, NI has built a complete modular hardware and software platform for functional test. NI platform offers high test throughput, increased productivity, and a lower cost of ownership than traditional disjoint systems or turnkey solutions based on proprietary architectures.
The platform starts with the Measurement layer. PXI, an industry-standard modular hardware architecture, sits at the center of the Measurement layer. Other hardware platforms, such as VXI and GPIB, may be used in combination with PXI for control of legacy devices or to add certain application-specific measurement functionality.
The first level of the software architecture is Measurement Services, which consists of software modules that present the measurement functionality of the hardware to the test development environment in a user-friendly way. Measurement Services includes instrument and measurement device drivers, but also configuration, calibration, and asset-management tools.