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Providing Powerful Test and Verification Services That Meet the Challenges of Today’s Complex Systems: T&VS

thesiliconreview-dr-mike-bartley-founder-ceo-t-vs-2018Helping companies in the embedded computing industry to improve their time to market and product quality, T&VS provides hardware verification and software testing services. Its customers include leading organizations such as an ARM, Intel, Infineon, XMOS, Icera, Panasonic, Dialog, and Mentor Graphics.

Utilizing T&VS for software testing frees up developers. An independent, specialist approach to testing provides an unbiased view of the quality of the applications delivered. Automation of software testing where appropriate provides productivity and quality benefits, supported by its unique focus on Requirements Sign Off and Requirements Testing.

Verification is the largest activity in any hardware development project and often the most challenging. Effective verification avoids expensive re-spins and the associated delay in time to market. Offshoring can be an effective way to reduce development costs, shorten project cycles and manage peak activity. But there are many challenges to address in doing so T&VS project manages an organization’s development of an offshore capability.

Why T&VS

Customers choose T&VS because of a demonstrated ability to exhibit thought leadership in the verification space. T&VS has a proven track record of delivering to clients for complex verification programs, active industry engagement through conferences and seminars and providing industry-leading verification training programs.

Well-defined Processes

T&VS brings improvements to customer verification through a thorough verification process built on experience from the past 25 years. Customers have the flexibility to use the T&VS verification flow (which has been successfully proven at multiple customer locations) or to ask T&VS to follow their own process.

Domain Expertise

The focus on a niche area of expertise gives customers the confidence to outsource the complete verification activity to T&VS. A successful track record of delivering end-to-end verification programs for ASIC/SoC/FPGA has made T&VS a preferred verification partner.

Proven Track Record

Customers choose to work with T&VS because of a successful track record of verification execution at semiconductor majors such as Infineon, NXP, STMicro, Ericsson, Nvidia etc. 

Training

Customer training requirements in any verification area can be addressed via customized training programs provided through Doulos, T&VS’ exclusive training partner in India. T&VS’ customers have benefited from these programs which are conducted by highly experienced SV/UVM and SystemC TLM experts from Europe.

The T&VS Software Testing Solution

The T&VS asureTEST services help to establish a cost-effective software testing facility that delivers improved quality and reduced time-to-market.  Rather than diverting in-house development team to testing duties, T&VS can provide experienced, qualified testers that will fit most budgets.  T&VS can also augment internal test team during peak usage through the company’s own fully qualified testers who can start work from day 1 with little or no ramp, or alternatively leverage its crowdsourced testing service.

The T&VS software testing teams are proficient in the latest testing methodologies and test automation tools, as well as a wide range development processes such as Agile and V-model.

Case Study

Automation Testing: Delivering a Python Automation Framework for an Innovative VR Company

About the Client

A global leading virtual reality company that has created a number of innovative solutions that will revolutionize how humans interact and controls technology applications.

Background

T&VS was approached by the virtual reality company looking for QA expertise and assistance in delivering their test automation regression pack. The client was moving to an agile/continuous integration development process and wanted an automation framework created to enable this transformation. Also, the client wanted to reduce the amount of time spent managing the software testing.

The T&VS Technical Solution

T&VS proposed a solution with an onsite lead, supported by an offshore automation consultant. First, the onsite lead established and documented the requirements of the automation test strategy. The T&VS consultants worked closely with the client’s development team for the duration of the project creating the automated regression tests using FDD development process, utilizing a Python bespoke framework. Test packs were developed to run on a number of supported platforms to aid flexibility. Each automated test was linked directly to Jira and the implementation source code made clear to the developers.

Client Benefits

The project delivered the following:

  • Reduced overhead of managing testing by 60%+
  • Enabled transformation to the continuous integration process
  • Demonstrable full testing by linking features to tests
  • Measurably improved quality of software by adding independence in the testing process
  • Decreased software maintenance costs through automated re-test

Customer Testimonials

“T&VS is one of the best partners for augmenting Technical Teams with highly skilled verification engineers with all levels of experience in a short span of time which helps us to meet our commitments to our Customers. They also provide managed services where they take responsibility to ensure the resources provided by them deliver on time and with quality. It has been a pleasure working with T&VS and looking forward to working with them in the future engagements.”

- Naveen Chava, Division Director of Altran

“T&VS provided the OVM-compliant verification IP on schedule and to budget and were flexible enough to incorporate change requests without any price increases.”

- Simon Knowles, VP Strategy & Technology

Meet the Leader

Dr. Mike Bartley, Founder, and CEO: Mike Bartley has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Bristol University, an MSc in Software Engineering and an MBA from the Open University, and over 25 years of experience in software testing and hardware verification. He has built and managed state-of-the-art test and verification teams in a number of companies (including STMicroelectronics, Infineon, and Elixent/Panasonic) who still use the methodologies he established. Since founding TVS he has consulted on multiple verification projects for respected organizations including ARM and Infineon.

Dr. Bartley is currently Chair of the Bristol branch of the British Computer Society and Chair of the High Tech Sector Group of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and is a Technical Advisor to the National Microelectronics Institute (NMI).  He has had over 20 articles published on the subject of verification and outsourcing.

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