Technological improvements are having an impact on test, measurement,
and simulation systems which results in an increasing number of test
and measurement tasks that require not only more powerful systems, but
also better modularity of the test and measurement equipment to minimize
This article describes the value of test and measurement systems based on examples from various real-world applications. The most important requirements and criteria for everything from system architecture and mechanical systems to enclosures with a small form factor and 19″ systems with electronics cabinets are explored.