AMI Announces Development for Host Controlled Automation Testing

Nov 20, 2015 | AMI in the News

NORCROSS, GEORGIA: – AMI, a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is proud to announce development for Host Controlled Automated Testing.

Host Controlled Automated Testing, or HCAT, is a tool used to perform automated testing and designed to ensure quality assurance. It is a collection of software and hardware that provides the ability to take screenshots, provide keyboard input, power cycling, GPIOs and a script interpreter. A custom script can be written for HCAT that provides a way for customized testing. Tests can range from running OEM applications and logging of results to unattended operating system installations. When a specific event occurs, such as a failure, HCAT will capture as much information as possible to a log. After is complete, HCAT can e-mail out a report with all successes and failures for review. AMI has tested HCAT extensively and it has installed multiple operating systems, including Windows® and Linux® operating systems.

AMI currently holds the patent for automated operating system installation on multiple drives, where a device switch allows for a connection between a mass storage device and either a test control system (TCS) or system under test (SUT). With this technology, users can coordinate the installation of multiple operating systems on a SUT. Errors that are detected during the automated installation process are identified and corrected in a computing system firmware.

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About AMI

AMI is Firmware Reimagined for modern computing. As a global leader in Dynamic Firmware for security, orchestration and manageability solutions, AMI enables the world’s compute platforms from on-premises to the cloud to the edge. AMI’s industry-leading foundational technology and unwavering customer support have generated lasting partnerships and spurred innovation for some of the most prominent brands in the high-tech industry. AMI is also a critical provider to the Open Compute ecosystem and is a member of numerous industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), PICMG, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP), and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

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