August 02, 2011

Increasing sophistication in the automated systems that are used for software testing and measurement has provided an unprecedented degree of flexibility and customizeability to developers, according to a report from Electronics Manufacture and Test Worldwide.

"Companies are moving away from monolithic software stacks that contain direct driver access calls to the instruments. Instead, they are opting for modular software stacks that incorporate separate, yet tightly integrated, software elements for test management, application development and drivers," the web site asserted.

Frequently, these software elements are united under a central framework that calls each in turn to run through an entire suite of system testing in an ordered way, and some of them can even be used for multiple checks, EMT stated.

These modular systems can also be integrated into other frameworks used in the development process, including lifecycle management, feature planning and other types of "road-mapping," according to the publication.

The type of extensive testing provided by such systems is commonplace in applications with strict safety regulations, including industrial control and railway signaling, among others.

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