Independent JavaScript-based verification automates instrumentation

Claimed to be the industry’s first independent JavaScript-based automated, hardware / software integration verification engine, BELIeVE has been introduced by

Bermondsey Electronics. The hardware / software integration verification engine  automates the operation of networkable instrumentation and automatically produces test reports. 

The Bermondsey Electronics Limited Integration Verification Engine (BELIeVE) automates networkable instrumentation to exercise a device under test (DUT) and verify that its hardware and software are functioning together as intended. The engine can also be used for continuous integration (CI) and end-of-line quality assurance. 

During product development, BELIeVE can be used to inject faults and mimic events / conditions that would otherwise be hard to replicate. Reports are automatically generated, demonstrating designs were thoroughly verified.

Automation offers repeatability and BELIeVE is able to run tests out of office hours to maximise capital investment. 

According to Peter Wrigley, managing director of Bermondsey Electronics, BELIeVE is effectively a new kind of embedded system development tool, “one that builds on the well-proven test-driven development (TDD) methodology, with which software engineers will be familiar”. 

BELIeVE also allows the creation of a simulated environment in which the DUT can operate. Once networked with instrumentation (e.g., benchtop power supplies, oscilloscopes, dataloggers, DMMs) it runs scripts that can, for example, change input power, drive analogue and digital inputs, and record outputs. It is also possible to simulate user interactions, such as keypad button pushes and switch throws, meaning test can run unattended. 

There are two versions available. BELIeVE-DV is for design and verification work. It is supplied with editable interface libraries so that engineers can write their own tests. Enabled user interfaces include Test Manager, Project Manager, Test Editor and Command Line Interface. BELIeVE-QA is for use in product manufacturing scenarios, or as part of a CI toolchain, and runs on a PC’s command line. 

Fully functional evaluation versions of both can be downloaded from Bermondsey Electronics’ website and will function for 30 days before requiring a licence.

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