New table feature for SDFs
Until now it has been a tedious task to manage different versions of a device under test in an SDF. There are a lot of applications that need to execute the same process while varying between different numbers of nodes or different parameters (NAd, FrameId, parameter value, etc.).
This year many of our EOL-projects were about testing components with varying numbers of installed light coupling elements (RGB-LEDs) or actuators. Depending on the numbers of versions this has become very complex more than once.
With the help of the new table feature this kind of SDF can be created easily and clearly now. You can save the parameters of every version within the tables of the SDF and then access the tables and rows of each version via the macro. Adding a new version can be done by just adding a new row (another node in the same component as before) or a new table (a whole new component). The import and export function allows you to extract tables from an Excel sheet and import them directly into the SDF (see Fig. 1 & 2).
Fig.2 - Exemplary SDF table in the SessionConf [Click on image to increase size]
➣ Features and benefits of the menu item „Tables“
- You can choose a data type for every column individually.
- The collective saving of similar data has been simplified, since they had to be generated one by one as „virtual signals“ in the past.
- The tables are saving a lot of space for more data.
- You are able to save strings, which will open up new options in the future.
- The reading and saving of data in tables is made possible with macro commands. This enables a dynamic iteration through tables while running a program.
- Tables, just like their rows and columns, can be referenced by virtual signals, which leads to a dynamic switching between tables.