Applied Microsystems Re-Engineers CodeTEST Tool Set for Complex Communications Systems Development

News at a glance:

-- Version 3.0 of the popular family of embedded software analysis

& verification tools re-vamped to meet increasingly sophisticated needs

of network systems developers

-- Tools support all four major protected-mode real-time operating systems

-- Tools analyze system performance, memory allocation, code coverage and

more through entire development cycle from design to deployment



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Applied Microsystems Corp.

    REDMOND, Wash., April 30 /PRNewswire/ --
 Applied Microsystems Corp (Nasdaq: APMC) has completely re-engineered its
 popular CodeTEST(R) family of software analysis and verification tools for
 developers and testers of high-end, high-performance embedded applications in
 the telecommunications and networking industries.  The new tools, called
 collectively CodeTEST 3.0, comprise the only solution on the market that spans
 the entire development cycle (from boot to deployment) for all four major
 protected-mode real-time operating systems (RTOSs):  Sun Microsystem's
 ChorusOS(TM); ENEA OSE Systems' OSE(TM); QNX(R) Neutrino(R); and Wind River's
 VxWorks(R) AE.
     "The advanced features of our improved tools will help designers of
 next-generation network products and applications meet their time-to-market
 pressures," said Steve Dearden, vice president of Marketing for Applied.  The
 CodeTEST family also helps users develop and test systems that meet stringent
 high-reliability requirements and demanding customer performance expectations
 by providing visibility into running application code, according to Dearden.
 
     Enhanced User Interface
     The entire slate of CodeTEST tools have been revamped, but two major
 improvements are of particular interest to potential users:  a redesigned user
 interface, CodeTEST Manager; and the addition of a completely new
 Trace Analyzer tool.
     "The new CodeTEST Manager provides a more up-to-date user interface with
 new capabilities that allow for greater productivity across entire development
 teams," said Dearden.  The interface is a cross-platform, Java-based
 application that provides the same intuitive interface for both Unix and
 Windows systems and allows users to control and configure multiple target data
 collectors (a hardware probe, a software agent running on the target, or a
 software agent running on the host).
     According to Dearden, inclusion of the hardware probe is especially
 noteworthy.  "The probe connects directly to the target and collects data tags
 from the system bus -- independent of the operating system," he said.  "In
 order to follow your software execution through boot, you have to have this
 hardware agent -- and CodeTEST is the only tool set on the market that
 provides this function."
     CodeTEST Manager provides clear messages regarding the status of any data
 collection session, and users are able to load multiple data sets into the
 application without terminating existing connections.  Other functional
 improvements of the user interface include an increased maximum number of
 functions; an increased maximum number of memory allocations; and an
 instrumenter that supports parallel-build environments.
 
     New Trace Analyzer
     The latest addition to the CodeTEST tool family is Trace Analyzer, an
 entirely new execution trace tool that offers better system control and data
 display by providing live views of OS (operating system) and software
 execution and analyzing complex system operation.  The new analyzer display
 shows synchronized trace details, call stack and source code information in
 separate windows and provides advanced triggering, filtering and searching
 capabilities.
     Trace Analyzer is designed for application developers who track errors
 from symptom to source and integration engineers who need to understand and
 validate system operation.  "With Trace Analyzer, developers don't need to use
 or translate from hardware engineering tools and never lose visibility with
 cached or pipelined execution.  The key information is available in the form
 the software developer understands," said Dearden.
 
     All Major RTOSs Supported
     Key to the re-engineered tool set is the fact that the whole set spans the
 entire development cycle for all four of the most popular protected-mode RTOSs
 in the telecom market.  According to Dearden, system developers and testers
 who must deal in increasingly complex development environments, large code
 bases, and legacy code with complex algorithms need tool sets that provide
 system insight from boot-up through high-level execution and deployment.  The
 CodeTEST 3.0 tools also provide remote-target access over a network -- so
 large teams working from various locations can use the tools in tandem.
     "Applied is the only company that offers the same tools and feature set
 for users of all four protected-mode RTOSs -- making us a single-tools source
 for telecom companies that may be using more than one development environment
 to create their complex software applications," said Dearden.  The common tool
 set speeds the learning curve for users, application implementation and
 overall team communication.  "We can also support other operating systems
 -- commercial or proprietary -- through Applied's tool-customization
 services."
     In addition to the improved CodeTEST Manager user interface and new
 Trace Analyzer, the other tools in the CodeTEST family have been optimized for
 use by developers of cutting-edge network applications.  Other tools in the
 family include the following:
 
     -- Performance Profiler provides non-sampled data that helps engineers
        meet timing specifications and pinpoint performance bottlenecks.  The
        highly accurate measurements derived with Performance Profiler allow
        developers to optimize their code and verify their system's performance
        to specification.
     -- Memory Analyzer eliminates memory errors proactively and identifies
        memory leaks during development and testing -- which improves product
        stability and reduces the risk of memory-related field failures after
        product deployment.
     -- Coverage Analyzer provides proactive verification that test suites are
        indeed exercising all of a system's code.  This tool helps development
        teams create more efficient, non-redundant system tests -- and uncover
        errors earlier in the development cycle, which reduces overall costs
        and product failures.  Coverage Analyzer allows developers to ensure
        their unit tests are extensive enough.
 
     Price & Availability
     Analysis tools in the CodeTEST 3.0 family are available immediately.
 Prices begin at US$4000.
 
     About Applied Microsystems
     Applied Microsystems is the leading provider of innovative technologies
 and software development tools that expedite complex software projects for OEM
 customers in the high-speed networking, games and other markets.
     Applied offers sophisticated tools for software verification, application
 testing and debugging.  Tools such as CodeTEST(R), LiveCODE(TM), PowerTAP(TM),
 CodeTAP(TM), and SuperTAP(TM) ensure timely delivery, high quality of service
 and device reliability for their customers' products.
     The company can be reached at P.O. Box 97002, Redmond, Wash. 98073-9702;
 by phone at 800-426-3925; or by e-mail at info@amc.com.  Visit Applied on the
 Web at www.amc.com.
 
     CONTACT:  Geoff Kann of McClenahan Bruer Communications, 503-546-1015, or
 geoff@mcbru.com, for Applied Microsystems Corp.
 
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SOURCE Applied Microsystems Corp.
    REDMOND, Wash., April 30 /PRNewswire/ --
 Applied Microsystems Corp (Nasdaq: APMC) has completely re-engineered its
 popular CodeTEST(R) family of software analysis and verification tools for
 developers and testers of high-end, high-performance embedded applications in
 the telecommunications and networking industries.  The new tools, called
 collectively CodeTEST 3.0, comprise the only solution on the market that spans
 the entire development cycle (from boot to deployment) for all four major
 protected-mode real-time operating systems (RTOSs):  Sun Microsystem's
 ChorusOS(TM); ENEA OSE Systems' OSE(TM); QNX(R) Neutrino(R); and Wind River's
 VxWorks(R) AE.
     "The advanced features of our improved tools will help designers of
 next-generation network products and applications meet their time-to-market
 pressures," said Steve Dearden, vice president of Marketing for Applied.  The
 CodeTEST family also helps users develop and test systems that meet stringent
 high-reliability requirements and demanding customer performance expectations
 by providing visibility into running application code, according to Dearden.
 
     Enhanced User Interface
     The entire slate of CodeTEST tools have been revamped, but two major
 improvements are of particular interest to potential users:  a redesigned user
 interface, CodeTEST Manager; and the addition of a completely new
 Trace Analyzer tool.
     "The new CodeTEST Manager provides a more up-to-date user interface with
 new capabilities that allow for greater productivity across entire development
 teams," said Dearden.  The interface is a cross-platform, Java-based
 application that provides the same intuitive interface for both Unix and
 Windows systems and allows users to control and configure multiple target data
 collectors (a hardware probe, a software agent running on the target, or a
 software agent running on the host).
     According to Dearden, inclusion of the hardware probe is especially
 noteworthy.  "The probe connects directly to the target and collects data tags
 from the system bus -- independent of the operating system," he said.  "In
 order to follow your software execution through boot, you have to have this
 hardware agent -- and CodeTEST is the only tool set on the market that
 provides this function."
     CodeTEST Manager provides clear messages regarding the status of any data
 collection session, and users are able to load multiple data sets into the
 application without terminating existing connections.  Other functional
 improvements of the user interface include an increased maximum number of
 functions; an increased maximum number of memory allocations; and an
 instrumenter that supports parallel-build environments.
 
     New Trace Analyzer
     The latest addition to the CodeTEST tool family is Trace Analyzer, an
 entirely new execution trace tool that offers better system control and data
 display by providing live views of OS (operating system) and software
 execution and analyzing complex system operation.  The new analyzer display
 shows synchronized trace details, call stack and source code information in
 separate windows and provides advanced triggering, filtering and searching
 capabilities.
     Trace Analyzer is designed for application developers who track errors
 from symptom to source and integration engineers who need to understand and
 validate system operation.  "With Trace Analyzer, developers don't need to use
 or translate from hardware engineering tools and never lose visibility with
 cached or pipelined execution.  The key information is available in the form
 the software developer understands," said Dearden.
 
     All Major RTOSs Supported
     Key to the re-engineered tool set is the fact that the whole set spans the
 entire development cycle for all four of the most popular protected-mode RTOSs
 in the telecom market.  According to Dearden, system developers and testers
 who must deal in increasingly complex development environments, large code
 bases, and legacy code with complex algorithms need tool sets that provide
 system insight from boot-up through high-level execution and deployment.  The
 CodeTEST 3.0 tools also provide remote-target access over a network -- so
 large teams working from various locations can use the tools in tandem.
     "Applied is the only company that offers the same tools and feature set
 for users of all four protected-mode RTOSs -- making us a single-tools source
 for telecom companies that may be using more than one development environment
 to create their complex software applications," said Dearden.  The common tool
 set speeds the learning curve for users, application implementation and
 overall team communication.  "We can also support other operating systems
 -- commercial or proprietary -- through Applied's tool-customization
 services."
     In addition to the improved CodeTEST Manager user interface and new
 Trace Analyzer, the other tools in the CodeTEST family have been optimized for
 use by developers of cutting-edge network applications.  Other tools in the
 family include the following:
 
     -- Performance Profiler provides non-sampled data that helps engineers
        meet timing specifications and pinpoint performance bottlenecks.  The
        highly accurate measurements derived with Performance Profiler allow
        developers to optimize their code and verify their system's performance
        to specification.
     -- Memory Analyzer eliminates memory errors proactively and identifies
        memory leaks during development and testing -- which improves product
        stability and reduces the risk of memory-related field failures after
        product deployment.
     -- Coverage Analyzer provides proactive verification that test suites are
        indeed exercising all of a system's code.  This tool helps development
        teams create more efficient, non-redundant system tests -- and uncover
        errors earlier in the development cycle, which reduces overall costs
        and product failures.  Coverage Analyzer allows developers to ensure
        their unit tests are extensive enough.
 
     Price & Availability
     Analysis tools in the CodeTEST 3.0 family are available immediately.
 Prices begin at US$4000.
 
     About Applied Microsystems
     Applied Microsystems is the leading provider of innovative technologies
 and software development tools that expedite complex software projects for OEM
 customers in the high-speed networking, games and other markets.
     Applied offers sophisticated tools for software verification, application
 testing and debugging.  Tools such as CodeTEST(R), LiveCODE(TM), PowerTAP(TM),
 CodeTAP(TM), and SuperTAP(TM) ensure timely delivery, high quality of service
 and device reliability for their customers' products.
     The company can be reached at P.O. Box 97002, Redmond, Wash. 98073-9702;
 by phone at 800-426-3925; or by e-mail at info@amc.com.  Visit Applied on the
 Web at www.amc.com.
 
     CONTACT:  Geoff Kann of McClenahan Bruer Communications, 503-546-1015, or
 geoff@mcbru.com, for Applied Microsystems Corp.
 
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