Kozio Offers Free Evaluation of Automated Hardware Diagnostics

Kozio, Inc., the leading provider of automated hardware diagnostics ideally suited for board bring-up, manufacturing test and power-on self-test, is pleased to announce that a kDiagnostics CD is now shipping with all Freescale PowerPC MPC8349E-mITX reference platforms.

A Kozio CD will be included with the reference kit, providing customers with in-depth information about the company’s kDiagnostics product, including reference materials, videos, datasheets and more. Plus, an easy-to-use guide leads Freescale customers through a simple download of a free evaluation version of the product from the Kozio web site — and then shows them how to move through the menu of automated diagnostics for all board-level functional tests.

“This is the first time we’ve shipped our kDiagnostics CD with a Freescale kit; it’s a very exciting opportunity to make the most of the unique working relationship we’ve built with Freescale,” said Al Arendt of Kozio, Inc. “This gives Freescale customers the chance to see just how easy it is to get board-level diagnostics for their custom boards using the PowerQUICC family of processors.”

Arendt added, “Freescale has put our tools through rigorous screening and evaluation internally. We’re pleased to now get the first of many evaluation programs with Freescale underway.”

After evaluating the Kozio software, customers can easily get a full version of the software for their own custom circuit board. Kozio only requires a schematic and purchase order to deliver the pre-configured diagnostics in just 2 to 10 days.

The evaluation software allows customers to explore the various benefits of the Kozio offering — including proven test suites for the PowerQUICC processor MPC8349E, SDRAM, Compact Flash, 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports, TSEC, GMII, USB 2.0, USB 1, Serial ATA, PCI/MiniPCI, EEPROM, RTC, LCD, RS232/UART, Flash, and full hardware access capabilities.

Kozio is a member of the Freescale Tools Alliance and the Freescale Design Alliance.

Benefits of Using Kozio Products
Kozio provides proven hardware validation software based solely on schematics of new product designs. In this manner, Kozio is able to deliver a complete package for custom hardware without tying up customer resources. This model has proven successful with large and small companies alike, who have used Kozio software during all phases of a product’s lifecycle to save time and money.

About Freescale’s MPC8349E-mITXE Reference Platform
The MPC8349E-mITXE reference platform demonstrates the capabilities of Freescale’s PowerPC MPC8349E processor. This platform is the ideal platform for hardware and software development. In addition, customers can “test drive” the diagnostic tools built specifically for this board by Kozio.

About Kozio, Inc.
Kozio provides high-performance automated hardware diagnostics for today’s complex computing devices. Kozio software improves and streamlines current test methodologies and processes with proven, turnkey diagnostics for custom boards implementing processors from AMCC, Freescale, or Intel. Kozio diagnostics can help throughout a product’s lifecycle from validating new hardware in the lab and streamlining production test, to power-on self-test and automated returns testing. Kozio software reduces project schedule risk and development costs while increasing test coverage and end-product reliability. Kozio products are used by technology companies across the globe.

Kozio and kDiagnostics are registered trademarks of Kozio, Inc. PowerPC is a registered trademark of the International Business Machines Corporation. PowerQUICC is a registered trademark of Freescale Semiconductor.