IoT, 5G To Usher In A New Era Of Automated Testing

09 January 2019, US, Las Vegas: Californian chip manufacturer Qualcomm praises its 5G data modem chips as the foundation for the "true 5G" at the CES electronics trade show. The company was able to refer to pre-orders at the trade fair: Its 5G technology - the Snapdragon 855 microprocessor and the X50 5G modem - will appear in around 30 devices this year, including smartphones from virtually all leading manufacturers of devices with the Google Android system. Photo: Christoph Dernbach/dpa (Photo by Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The software testing industry has undergone major changes thanks to the emergence of new and disruptive technology systems and practices. Automated testing is in big demand today as large companies are looking to hone their people, processes, and tools. A new report by NI examines the most crucial engineering trends and challenges of the changing technology landscape, including the Internet of Things (IoT), the progression of 5G technology from prototyping to commercial deployment and autonomous driving for the masses.

“These engineering trends are disrupting industries and product testing, leading to complex, unprecedented challenges,” said Shelley Gretlein, NI vice president of global marketing. “However, they also drive extraordinary innovation, which requires a fundamental shift in our approach to automated test and automated measurement – a shift that is grounded in software-defined systems.”

NI Trend Watch 2019 delves into the following topics to inform and help automated test and automated measurement organizations prepare for the fast-approaching and exciting future of technology.

5G to disrupt Wireless Test – 5G wireless devices will be more complex. Engineers must rethink the highly optimized techniques that have been used to test previous generations to enable the viable commercialization of 5G products and solutions.

Imminent Trade-Offs for Achieving Autonomous Driving – Autonomous driving could have a major societal impact, but the industry must manage looming cost, technology and strategy trade-offs as it shifts from single- to multi-sensor advanced driver assistance systems. 

Keep Pace With a Standardized Development Process– Test engineers are capitalizing on an old trend to keep pace with a quickly modernizing test environment. They are going beyond hardware and software to standardize the process used to build and maintain test architectures.  

Making the IoT Work for Test – While the IoT is increasing device complexity and, in turn, increasing test complexity, it can also greatly enhance automated test workflows. 

Multi-Industry Convergence Disrupts Test Strategies – Convergence has potential to speed innovation and deliver products never imagined, but it also severely complicates test. Partnering and learning across industries can result in beneficial perspective on complex test challenges. 

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