Harris & Jeffries' New Power-CODETM JavaScript Tools Platform Enables Developers and QA Engineers to Speed Development, Improve Time-to-Market for Networking Products

New Product Concept to be Demonstrated at Embedded Systems West Trade Show

DEDHAM, Mass., October 30, 1998 — Harris & Jeffries today announced a powerful and innovative new product platform for testing communications products quickly, easily, and cost-effectively. This tool enables network equipment developers and quality assurance engineers to validate the integration of hardware and software and to test and debug communications source code dramatically faster than previously possible.

The company, a leading developer of ATM and other network protocol software, said its new Power-COmmunications Development Environment (Power-CODETM) allows users of its software to simulate a complete ATM network on a Windows NT 4.0-based host system. Using an industry standard JavaScript scripting engine, a versatile graphical user interface, and a series of H&J-provided pre-packaged test scripts, developers can test and debug comprehensive suites of ATM software in parallel with product hardware development, the company said.

Power-CODE performs unit, functional and end-to-end testing, multiple node simulation for network testing purposes, and positive and exception testing functions and facilities to enable testing of OEM's application code. A major attribute of the tool is its ability to test 100% of application program interface (API) calls, and to configure, monitor and debug nodes. These comprehensive testing capabilities assure thorough validation of all ATM network software on the test system and dramatically reduced development time frames.

"We developed Power-CODE in response to market demand that we provide a powerful, flexible and versatile tools platform to help our network equipment customers streamline and shorten their product development and quality assurance cycles. With scarce development staff personnel, limited budgets and extreme time-to-market pressures, our customers appreciate this first-of-a-kind solution. In many cases, Power-CODE can decrease — from several months to a few months — these development cycles and use fewer personnel while doing so," said Ethan Harris, president of Harris & Jeffries.

"Over the next few months Harris & Jeffries will validate the product requirements and demonstrate the new tool with several key customers to ensure that we are providing the best tool possible," Mr. Harris continued. An attractive feature of Power-CODE is its ability to perform testing with or without the presence of target system hardware. In the latter instance, developers can run complete test simulations on the host NT system while the hardware is still being developed thus eliminating the need for hardware to begin software testing.

Developers and QA engineers are supported by a range of test options and features that can substantially boost individual productivity. For example, a series of pre-packaged JavaScript-based test scripts automates the normal testing functions. The tool also enables simultaneous running of multiple scripts when complex testing is required.

Numerous hooks and functions are provided so that OEM's can write their own scripts to test their application code, which should be very easy since Power-CODE uses industry standard JavaScript scripting language, which is very similar to C programming. A debugger simplifies the process of debugging scripts by providing a logical process of stepping through the test scripts.

The Power-CODE product is extensible and scalable, and incorporates real-time I/O capabilities to support conformance and interoperability testing. Testing and analysis makes use of H&J's library of traces, probes and loopbacks, which when combined with test-scenario applications, further reduces development time and complexity.

The tool can be ported to Windows NT, VxWorks and pSOS+ operating systems. Under Windows NT 4.0, it supports various communications interfaces including TCP/IP sockets for Ethernet or PPP, a serial COM1/COM2 interface, a CPCS lookpback and a real I/O interface for connecting to external conformance testers and to ATM switches for interoperability testing.

Minimum configuration to enable full simulation of a target system on the Power-CODE test system includes a Pentium or faster processor with Windows NT 4.0, 32MB of RAM, 30MB of disk, VGA or higher-resolution display and a mouse or compatible pointing device.

The first release of the Power-CODE platform will include a set of pre-packaged test scripts for specific Soft-ATM products. Subsequent releases of Power-CODE will include support for other new and existing H&J networking protocol products.

Limited availability of the Power-CODE test tool will occur in Q1 of 1999 with full production products scheduled for Q2 of 1999. Pricing for Power-CODE will be on a per seat basis and volume discounts may be available.

The new Power-CODE product will be demonstrated at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose CA, in Booth #1802, November 3-5.

JavaScript is a registered trademark of Sun Microsystems Corp. Soft-ATM, High-Performance Frame Relay, UltraLinq, Fast-Start Services & Power-CODE are trademarks of Harris & Jeffries, Inc. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks are the property of their respective holders.

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