Wind River Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), announced a test automation solution, called Wind River Test Management, that is designed to help device manufacturers significantly shorten the testing process, drive down product development costs and bring devices to market more quickly. Specifically, Wind River Test Management will automate the software quality assurance process and improve overall code quality. It is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2008.
With the introduction of Test Management, Wind River is expanding its presence in the device software test automation market and is adding another critical software solution to its solutions portfolio to help customers during the entire device lifecycle.
According to Venture Development Corporation (VDC), a leading technology market research firm, the worldwide annual growth rate of the test automation market from 2006 through 2009 is forecasted to grow at more than 12 percent. This acceleration is being driven by the adoption of new technologies, primarily multicore processors, increasingly complex design requirements and evolving consumer expectations amid increasing time-to-market pressures.
“Quality is a corner office issue and is directly related to brand and revenue impact,” said Amit Ronen, vice president and general manager of Device Management at Wind River. “By introducing Test Management, Wind River is significantly reducing the complexity of the quality assurance process, which brings with it significant cost savings and time-to-market opportunities.”
Test Management will be a scalable, distributed testing framework that links device software development and quality assurance teams in an intelligent, collaborative workflow. It will enable teams to efficiently plan tests, execute tests, perform fact-based analysis, and rapidly resolve issues encountered throughout the testing phase. This streamlines the software-testing process so that more defects can be identified and quickly resolved. For instance, when the quality assurance team finds a defect, developers can immediately access detailed logs and fault data collected in the test lab to quickly isolate and resolve the defect on their cross-development environment.
“With software driving technology innovations, one-time testing in a closed environment is no longer sufficient for device systems,” said Theresa Lanowitz, founder of analyst firm Voke Inc. “Added complexity of device software and competitive time-to-market pressure are driving the need to leverage commercially developed test solutions like Wind River Test Management to keep on top of rapid release cycles without compromising device software quality.”
Other key product features and benefits of Test Management will include:
- Test planning facilities, which enable test teams to create manual and automated test cases, and assign each test to a designated engineer.
- A test execution framework, which automatically executes multiple test suites on selected target devices.
- Automatic collection of test and fault data, giving developers the tools to quickly reproduce defects.
- The diagnostics interface, which enables test and development engineers to shorten the defect resolution process and reduce risk of project delays.
- Auto-generated “dynamic” code coverage and performance measurement, which is collected without any special test builds or additional test harnesses.
- Virtual Lab Management, which enables the project team to manage boards, provision new software builds and share access to boards.
- Integration into Wind River Workbench, the industry’s leading Eclipse-based development tool suite.
- Supports devices running Wind River’s leading VxWorks and Linux run-time platforms.
“The demands for increased functionality are driving the volume and complexity of code that needs to be developed and tested, which is adding more pressure to budget constraints and shrinking product development cycles,” said Chris Rommel, an analyst at VDC. “Wind River is addressing this market challenge by automating the software quality assurance process which can contribute to quicker time-to-market and higher product quality.”
VDC’s 2008 survey of embedded developers shows that developers using test automation tools report a greater percent of their projects completed on or ahead of schedule than those who are not using a formal test automation tool.
About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized, enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process, from concept to deployed product. Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, Calif., with operations worldwide.
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