Kozio Integrates Fusion-MPT Support into I/O Path Validation Tool

Kozio, Inc., the leading provider of advanced embedded functional test and diagnostics capabilities ideally suited for board bring-up, manufacturing test and power-on self test, today announced it has integrated support for LSI Logic Corporation’s (NYSE:LSI) Fusion-MPT(TM) into the I/O Engine(TM) path validation tool feature of the company’s kDiagnostics(TM) software. This expands Kozio’s data validation support to include full data path validation for Ultra 320 SCSI, Fibre Channel and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), whether through a host bus adapter (HBA) or using an LSI Logic chip directly on a custom hardware platform.

“We welcome the support from Kozio, and see this collaboration as a way to bring added value, convenience and time and cost savings to our mutual customers,” stated Charlie Kraus, Director, HBA Business Unit, LSI Logic.

Kozio’s kDiagnostics and the I/O Engine feature provide a full diagnostics package for custom board testing and debugging. The I/O Engine feature provides the ability to discover attached devices and generate multiple I/O data threads to multiple devices, taking advantage of processor features such as direct memory access (DMA) operations and providing performance characterizations. This feature has been pre-verified using PCI-X and PCI Express adapters providing Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) connectivity. Test suites and scripting capabilities provide an easy real-time mechanism for creating regression tests.

kDiagnostics validates the entire data path, from processor to storage device, for any platform using Fusion-MPT. Kozio delivers a turnkey image that can be programmed into flash memory. The product is self-booting and self-executing, allowing hardware to be validated before any boot loader, operating system or application software is ready. A full board test report is ready in minutes after running Kozio’s pre-verified software.

“We recognize that LSI Logic is on the leading edge of providing storage technology. With this new release supporting Fusion-MPT technology, we provide turnkey data path validation for any LSI chip adhering to this interface specification,” said Joseph Skazinski, Kozio’s president and co-founder. “This allows our customers to revamp their board bring-up process and reduce their board validation time by weeks.”

LSI Logic recently announced new SAS Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) for PCI Express that incorporate Fusion-MPT technology, supporting a trend towards integrated SoCs using standard firmware interface technology such as Fusion-MPT to allow product developers a simpler mechanism for writing device drivers.

Support for custom processor boards using Fusion-MPT technology is available immediately. Kozio’s diagnostics software is available for a free 30-day evaluation on numerous evaluation platforms. The I/O Engine feature can be evaluated on platforms that allow a PCI, PCI-X or PCI Express adapter using Fusion-MPT technology. Please see the full evaluation list.

About LSI Logic
LSI Logic Corporation (NYSE: LSI) is a leading provider of silicon-to-system solutions that are used at the core of products that create, store and consume digital information. LSI offers a broad portfolio of capabilities including custom and standard product ICs, host bus and RAID adapters, storage area network solutions and software applications. LSI products enable leading technology companies in the Storage and Consumer markets to deliver some of the most advanced and well-known electronic systems in the market today. More information on the company’s Fusion-MPT technology is available.

Benefits of Using Kozio Products
Kozio’s kDiagnostics provides storage platform developers an expert validation tool for complete data path validation. Kozio’s I/O Engine provides complete data path verification and performance characterization minutes after the first hardware platform is powered on. This feature is built into Kozio’s embedded stand-alone application requiring no other software, reducing the cost of releasing new products to market, and shortening time to market.

About Kozio, Inc.
Kozio, Inc. is the leader in embedded test solutions for today’s electronic products. Kozio delivers turnkey software that provides a comprehensive suite of hardware diagnostics used for debugging and testing custom boards implementing processors from AMCC, ARM, IBM, Intel, Freescale, TI or MIPS. Kozio’s clients build state-of-the-art products where successful use of the newest technologies with shortened development cycles requires them to constantly innovate to stay ahead of their competition. Kozio software improves test methodologies and streamlines the development process with proven solutions for board bring-up diagnostics, manufacturing test, environmental test, power-on self-test, in-field diagnostics and returns testing. By delivering thorough software diagnostics ahead of the hardware, Kozio reduces project schedule risk and development costs while increasing test coverage. Headquartered in Longmont, Colorado, Kozio products are available through a direct sales force and worldwide distributors.

Kozio, kDiagnostics, kManufacturing, kPOST, kField, I/O Engine and Flash-N-Run are registered trademarks of Kozio, Inc.