Platform to Authenticate Design Through Automated Test System

A software-defined platform has been recently launched by National Instruments that helps accelerate the development and performance of automated test and automated measurement systems. The platform has been named NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) III which is one of the newest NI solutions for preparing the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Embedded FPGA design and web-based access

The platform is designed to meet the specific needs of university engineering education. The solution combines instrumentation, embedded FPGA design and web-based access to measurements and curriculum to create a collaborative, active learning environment in the laboratory, studio and flipped classrooms.The application boards are designed to a greater set of course topics across electrical and mechanical engineering. The company claims that users can benefit from the easy-to-use, yet advanced, capabilities to work on challenging assignments and gain the necessary skills to design, build and test their projects.

Viability for students

Universities today seek to ensure program accreditation, student engagement and successful student employability. Instructors also require a flexible project-based solution for their classrooms and laboratories that supports teaching technical skills. It also helps students build career-ready skills like collaboration, open-ended problem-solving and teamwork.The platform could enable instructors to address these challenges by incorporating student-centric tools for learning, measuring and designing in a singular and compact industrial-grade solution. With WiFi, Ethernet and USB connectivity on the platform and compatibility with both Mac and PC, users can easily work together and rapidly interact with the instruments and online resources.

Scope areas

The platform can help teach engineering concepts throughout the electrical and mechanical engineering curriculum with applications boards and online, interactive teaching resources developed by leading experts in industry and academia. The companies involved include names like Digilent, Emona, Quanser and Texas Instruments that have developed the course experiments that drive understanding of fundamental concepts in areas such as electronics, mechatronics, controls, power electronics and communications.

Support languages and IoT applications

It provides a path to applying engineering knowledge to authentic design challenges. The NI ELVIS III is compatible with languages such as LabVIEW and Python to scale curriculum, projects or problems to multidisciplinary applications including those that incorporate the Internet of Things.
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