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Software-Defined Battery Lab Solution

NI HPS 1700026 May 2026 - NI, formerly known as National Instruments, launched a Software-Defined Battery Lab solution. Designed for electric vehicle battery validation labs, the new offering covers the entire, sustainable battery lifecycle from research and development to validation, production, second-life, and remanufacturing. The Software-Defined Battery Lab solution supports EV manufacturers and battery suppliers in tackling the pressing challenges of time-to-market, cost, and battery performance. NI’s offering prioritizes an open, software-connected approach to enable flexible, automated, and intelligent test strategies from an individual battery validation workbench to global lab deployment.

“We’re in the nascent stages of the battery revolution,” said Drita Roggenbuck, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Transportation Business Unit at NI. “Companies are faced with driving down battery costs, improving performance, innovating endlessly, and scaling. At a time when new vehicle programs are as short as ever, and battery validation and production must scale immediately and continuously through the end of the decade, NI’s Software-Defined Battery Lab offers the step function change needed to improve time to market and battery performance through test systems and test insights.”

Unlike fragmented or closed-vendor approaches to battery testing, NI’s solution allows battery manufacturers to own their test strategy to maximize capital investment reuse, allow test customization, and establish vendor independence.

The Software-Defined Battery Lab builds upon NI’s core battery testing capabilities, which are based on NI’s proven software and hardware platform, to address unique challenges of large-scale battery validation. The key components of the solution encompass a comprehensive set of software, instrumentation, and services needed to build out robust testing and data management capabilities, including:

  • Battery Test Development and Execution Software: Battery Test Software powered by PAtools streamlines testing processes and helps users to interpret and act on accurate and reliable test results. NI’s Battery Test Software provides proven battery testing capabilities out-of-the-box while also allowing customization and extensibility through LabVIEW and other common test software.
  • Lab System and Data Management Software:The newly announced NI SystemLink Enterprise software is a scalable enterprise solution for managing labs, improving test operations, and analyzing test results to extract meaningful insights from test and measurement data. It offers lab management functionality including:
    • Test request tracking and scheduling
    • Tester status, utilization, and health monitoring
    • Test software management and deployment
    • Battery data aggregation, visualization, and analytics
  • Battery Cycler Offering and Third Party Integration: NI’s extensive battery cycler portfolio offers high-performance, easy-to-use, safe, and reliable solutions needed for any phase of battery development. NI’s newest cycler, HPS-17000, provides up to 150 kW power and is ideal for testing in a fast-paced lab environment that needs to be scaled and easily serviced. NI’s open software allows integration with third party cyclers to increase development efficiency and enable reuse.
  • Battery Measurement and Control System: The NI battery measurement and control hardware is built on NI’s software-connected, modular hardware platforms. These systems can be quickly reconfigured and customized to meet rapidly changing test requirements, including integration with third-party components. The real-time operating system provides deterministic operation, while built-in timing and synchronization allows to easily scale up channel and measurement capabilities.
  • Global Engineering Integration and Support: NI’s global presence of engineering services and extensive partner network ensures local support and solution delivery to meet a wide range of application requirements.

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