System Verification: A new Approach to Device Testing White Paper
For equipment manufacturers, success in the current business climate hinges on two main factors: fast time to market and customer satisfaction. Quality assurance (QA) plays a major role in both goals. Today’s rising equipment complexity is forcing some manufacturers to feel that they must choose between missing market opportunities or shipping products without adequate QA testing.
The evidence of that choice is today’s high field failure rates and declining customer satisfaction. The underlying problem is that device testing tools and processes have not scaled in step with increasing equipment complexity. While business application developers now enjoy integrated development environments (IDEs) that allow them to offload mundane programming tasks, verification and QA teams still spend much of their time performing repetitive tasks, such as configuring testbeds, executing regression tests manually, documenting existing test cases, and attempting to reproduce bugs. Meanwhile, the creative testing that could radically improve quality remains undone.
This white paper suggests a new approach to device testing derived from the successes of other industries facing similar business challenges.