Austin, TX. NI announced this week new ATE Core Configurations, which deliver core mechanical, power, and safety infrastructure to help users accelerate the design and build of automated test systems in industries ranging from semiconductor and consumer electronics to aerospace and automotive.
ATE Core Configurations help simplify the design, procurement, assembly, and deployment of smarter test systems at a lower cost and shorter time to market by empowering test organizations with a platform for standardization. These 19-in., rack-based configurations are available in various rack-unit heights and offer scalable power profiles to match the needs of nearly any application and geography. Test organizations can benefit from highly integrated safety features such as thermal shutoff, emergency power off (EPO), optional uninterruptible power supplies, and IEC 61010 certification.
The configurations are highly customizable, allowing customers to choose what is included in the system and where within the rack. Choices include PXI instrumentation, signal conditioning, kilowatt power supplies, and cooling.
The systems offer streamlined procurement, simplifying bill-of-materials management with consolidated part numbers and fewer vendor transactions. They are also readily deployable, with customers benefiting from IEC 61010-certified systems backed by more than 1,500 NI sales, system, and support engineers worldwide. Customers can work directly with NI Alliance Partners to specify a turn-key system, including mass interconnect and fixturing, test software development, system maintenance, and lifecycle support.
“Building a test system is a difficult job—one that even the best organizations spend many months accomplishing purely because of the number of components, suppliers, and interoperability challenges present,” said Luke Schreier, director of automated test product marketing at NI. “The new ATE Core Configurations can help users dramatically simplify the purchasing process for a common set of requirements and reduce the time and cost of building a system. And when you ultimately want a turn-key system, they form a great bridge to the integration expertise of our Alliance Partner Network.”
ATE Core Configurations also benefit from NI’s PXI instrumentation and test software portfolio. This includes more than 600 PXI instruments ranging from DC to mmWave featuring high-throughput data movement using PCI Express Gen 3 bus interfaces and sub-nanosecond synchronization with integrated timing and triggering. ATE Core Configurations can also include TestStand test management software and LabVIEW code module development software, API and example program support for PXI instruments, and more than 13,000 instrument drivers for third-party box instruments.