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Wind River updates to Lab Diagnostics solution

Posted: 02 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:software diagnostics solution? development test tool?

Wind River Systems Inc. is now shipping the Wind River Lab Diagnostics 2.1, an updated release of its enterprise-wide software diagnostics solution that enables cross-functional development teams to collaborate on dynamic debugging, testing and quality assurance throughout the entire development cycle.

Wind River Lab Diagnostics furthers the value proposition of DSO into the verification and validation phases, enabling powerful productivity enhancements for both Linux and VxWorks projects across the entire pre-release process.

With the updated release, customers can script sequential deployments of Wind River's Sensorpoint technology, enabling automated testing up to a thousand times faster and more efficiently than previously available. Customers can now pack many actions (grab, download, enable, collect data and disable) into a single, executable file for manual and long-run testing, which is especially valuable for companies that integrate complex systems and test large builds.

"This updated version of Wind River Lab Diagnostics helps developers decrease device time-to-market while also helping to reduce risk of failures by identifying any software issues earlier in a products' lifecycle," said Dana Gardner, principal analyst of interarbor solutions. "Lab Diagnostics helps developers improve the device's performance in deployment and general use by identifying bugs and offering remediation paths early and often."

Streamlining development and testing procedures, the new solution allows developers to implement testability and supportability into the OS running on the device and empowers developers to dynamically instrument device software to isolate and correct problems without modifying the application source code, rebuilding and re-flashing boards or stopping the device. The Lab Diagnostics solution also enables fact-based analysis of software defects, eliminating much of the guesswork and time developers traditionally spend to reproduce intermittent problems or crashes.

The solution also makes it possible to push software to extreme, real-world conditions, which it may encounter in the field, allowing developers to observe and fine-tune its behavior before releasing it to the marketplace. It also creates an archive of Sensorpoint and device data that will increase productivity from one project to the next.

The updated release offers important new capabilities to Linux developers. In Lab Diagnostics 2.1, a kernel level instrumentation has been added, allowing developers and QA teams to use Sensorpoints to determine how the Linux applications run. Building embedded devices with Linux often means working with a vast code base, which can introduce a level of uncertainty into the development process. With the updated version of Lab Diagnostics, Linux developers can resolve some of these risk and uncertainty.

Wind River Lab Diagnostics is available as part of the Wind River Device Management product line. Wind River Lab Diagnostics 2.1 adds support for Wind River Linux 1.4-1.5 for PowerPC and Intel Architecture processors, as well as the VxWorks 6.X OS running most PowerPC, Intel Architecture.

Wind River will be participating at the 7th Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan (ESC-Taiwan) and the 15th EDA & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition (EDA&T-Taiwan on August 23-24 at the Taipei International Convention Center.

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