Pickering joins test automation software programme

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By Nick Flaherty

OpenTAP focuses on simplicity, scalability and speed using test automation to create more efficient processes. The core of OpenTAP is a test sequencer with a scalable architecture proven in hundreds of products and applications. It is designed to support all product life cycle phases, from early simulation and prototyping to high-volume manufacturing.

“OpenTAP fits with Pickering’s ethos of enabling test engineers to develop the best possible solutions for their specific automated test requirements,” said Noman Hussain, Vice President, software and strategic business development at Pickering Interfaces. “We don’t want to limit anyone developing the next test platform by constraining them to choose a standard form factor from a limited catalogue of test hardware; that is why we have over 2,000 modular switching and simulation products. Having an open source solution delivers a similar approach for test software, enabling test engineers to create, modify and customize their test applications without paying thousands in licensing fees and getting boxed into proprietary solutions.”

Pickering Interfaces designs and manufactures modular signal switching and simulation for use in electronic test and verification, including PXI, LXI, and PCI applications, as well as the supporting cable and connector systems and diagnostic test tools, along with application software and software drivers created by an in-house software team.

The Pickering card plugin for OpenTAP supports Pickering’s entire product portfolio through a single interface. The plugin is supplied with open source software, distributed under the MIT open source license. It enables thousands of like-minded applications engineers to leverage industry-leading switching hardware. They can customize the plugin, fix bugs, make feature requests and contribute changes and suggestions to the OpenTAP ecosystem.

“Test engineers can use OpenTAP to help solve new test automation and system design challenges while preserving their closely-held IP,” said Hussain.;

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