With the ever increasing demands of the economy and to show a good return on investment, companies are continually looking for ways to cut back on spending. Unfortunately, one area that can easily end up being targeted for cost reduction is testing.
In recent years Hardware-In-The-Loop (HIL) testing has become a standard part of the embedded software development process. Two trends in the embedded software development world, reduced time to market and an increase in complexity has created the need for better, more dynamic test platforms. HIL platforms provide a way to test the embedded software of a microcontroller in a real time, accurate way prior to integration on the final system.