FARMINGTON HILLS (WWJ) — Danlaw Inc., a global provider of automotive electronics and embedded engineering services, has extended its Mx-Suite embedded software test product with seamless connectivity to NI VeriStand, the National Instruments environment for configuring real-time testing applications.

Mx-Suite allows NI VeriStand users to visually construct test cases using intuitive graphics rather than traditional scripting languages. Control algorithm engineers and electronic test team members can easily and comprehensively test the component without having to write programmatic test cases.

“The portability of test cases used for simulation in a virtual environment during modeling and software coding to our NI VeriStand environment is powerful,” said Ian Fountain, director of HIL and realtime test at National Instruments. “All that is necessary is simple remapping of I/O to NI VeriStand.”

The Mx-Suite Embedded Software Test tool is designed to help automotive OEMs and suppliers produce their products more efficiently and with higher quality than traditional methods. Using intuitive graphical diagrams, software requirements are easily documented with performance criteria and tolerances, therefore simplifying software validation. The tool provides traceability from requirements, through design and test cases. Mx-Suite allows engineers to test development concepts using virtual prototypes, before electronics are available. Mx-Suite is used to design tests, validate models (MIL), execute tests on developer-written or auto-coded software (SIL) as well as run tests with bench and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) equipment.

“This new capability offers NI VeriStand HIL platform users the option to take tests used on virtual systems and reuse those tests during system test on their HIL tester,” said Michael McCormack, Danla’s director of product development. “Applying your test resources to the creation of test vectors that propagate through the development life cycle results in more comprehensive test suites, earlier detection of bugs, faster test cycles and significantly increased opportunity for automation.”

Since 1976, National Instruments ( has equipped engineers and scientists with tools that accelerate productivity, innovation and discovery. NI’s graphical system design approach to engineering provides an integrated software and hardware platform that speeds the development of any system needing measurement and control. The company’s long-term vision and focus on improving society through its technology supports the success of its customers, employees, suppliers and shareholders.

Danlaw’s 300-plus engineering professionals have been providing automotive embedded electronics solutions to OEMs and its Tier-1 supply base for three decades. Danlaw has facilities in the USA, India and China. Its specialty areas include embedded systems development and testing for Embedded Control Units, vehicle network communications, infotainment and telematics. Its customers include Automotive OEMs, automotive electronics suppliers, fleet and automotive insurance companies worldwide.

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