Assume that a system level test setup needs to be created for a design. This shall require use of power supply with multiple outputs, signal sources that can output sinusoidal or arbitrary signals and measurement equipment that can measure frequency, spectrum or magnitude of signals at different points in the device under test.
Such a setup could be controlled from the PC if all the equipment has ports that can be used to communicate with the PC e.g serial ports.
Q1. Is this how system level test setup is created? Are there software or hardware tools out there that can be used to simplify design and implementation of hardware tests?
A software program would be one that easily integrates with power supply, signal source and measurement equipment by containing drivers to communicate with each of them so that the user does not need to bother with low level details. A hardware solution would be some device that simplify creation of such tests.
By system I mean my PCB with FPGA, ADC, DAC, Flash, RAM, Serial Port e.t.c. The purpose is to test all the functions of the FPGA board.
Only for prototype.