Kozio Diagnostic Software Supports AMCC's PowerPC 405EZ Networked MPU

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, announced support for AMCC’s new PowerPC(R) 405EZ networked industrial processor. The 405EZ is the first in AMCC’s family of high-performance networked industrial processors. Kozio will offer a turnkey diagnostics package for hardware test and debug solutions for custom 405EZ-based boards, giving product designers a complete diagnostics solution in two weeks that will save development effort, board bring-up, and production testing time.

“We use Kozio’s diagnostic software internally to accelerate our validation of new PowerPC processors”, said Pini Herman, Senior Manager of Hardware Development at AMCC. “We have found the kDiagnostics package invaluable in allowing us to quickly debug our validation hardware and thereby minimize the bring-up time for new SoCs. We are delighted that Kozio has announced support for the 405EZ processor and look forward to using their tools as we debug this new product.”

“We see more and more companies turning to 32-bit SoCs to replace their 8-bit and 16-bit MCUs and Kozio is providing an excellent set of software tools to help with this transition,” stated Joseph Skazinski, president of Kozio. “Our turnkey hardware test products provide clear value as customers design and manufacture new products incorporating 32-bit processors such as AMCC’s 405EZ PowerPC processor.”

The shift to 32-bit processors is being driven by industrial controller applications that require the increased computing power of 32-bit SoCs to handle the additional tasks of networked communications, more sophisticated algorithms and more complete operating systems. 32-bit processors continue to drop in price, and in some cases their cost is lower than traditional 16-bit MCUs.

Kozio’s diagnostics software kDiagnostics(TM), kManufacturing(TM), kPOST(TM) and kField(TM) provide a full board test report within minutes of running the software. Kozio’s turnkey diagnostics package includes pre-verified test suites for analog and digital peripherals, timers, IEEE 1588 Fast Ethernet, USB, CAN, comprehensive memory test suites for SRAM , and CellularRAM, and support for the 64-bit on chip-bus. The package also includes full Flash memory capabilities as well as detection and testing of peripherals.

Evaluation versions of kDiagnostics are now available. Kozio continues to partner with AMCC to provide complete support for their newest processors, including the PowerPC(R) 405EZ, the first of a family of high-performance, low-power-consumption solutions for SoCs. Kozio will be ready to support the 405EZ product developers when the chips are available, and will deliver turnkey diagnostics for custom boards to customers using the AMCC PowerPC(R) 405EZ within two weeks after a purchase order is issued.

Components tested include the PowerPC(R)405EZ, SRAM, CellularRAM, GPIO, 12C, IEEE 1588 Ethernet, USB USB 2.0, two CAN 2.ob ports. 10-bit ADC, 10-bit DAC, PWM, Flash memory. This list is adjusted for custom boards based on a product’s block diagram.

Benefits of Using Kozio Products
By providing proven test software at the earliest stage of processor-board development, Kozio shortens the product development cycle, saving customers time and money. Kozio uses a suite of hardware tests that are pre-verified. By using existing processor validation boards, reference processor-boards, and adapters to test out our hardware diagnostics before they are delivered to customers, Kozio has had great customer success in delivering ready-to-run self-booting embedded test software. All that’s required is the board schematic, not the hardware itself. The same test suites are available in turnkey packages for production test and to ship with the final product.

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.

About AMCC
AMCC is a global leader in network and embedded PowerPC processing, optical transport and storage solutions. AMCC products enable the development of converged IP-based networks offering high-speed secure data, high-definition video and high-quality voice for carrier, metropolitan, access and enterprise applications. AMCC provides networking equipment vendors with industry-leading network and communications processing, Ethernet, SONET and switch fabric solutions. AMCC is also the leading vendor of high-port count SATA RAID controllers enabling low-cost, high-performance, high-capacity storage. AMCC’s corporate headquarters are located in Sunnyvale, California. Sales and engineering offices are located throughout the world.

Kozio, kDiagnostics, kManufacturing, kPOST, kField, I/O Engine and Flash-N-Run are registered trademarks of Kozio, Inc. AMCC is a registered trademark of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. PowerPC is a registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation.