MCCI Lab Adds USB System Testing
ITHACA, NEW YORK, November 5, 2001.
MCCI®, a leading supplier of Universal Serial Bus (USB) software technology, announced it has been certified as an independent laboratory for testing USB host systems. Until now, most USB host systems were certified through attendance at USB Compliance Workshops (a.k.a. “Plugfests”). Held every few months by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF, www.usb.org
), these test events are limited in both time and scale, allowing only one system to be registered per attending engineer.
MCCI, which continues to operate as a USB 2.0 low-, full-, and high-speed device testing lab, can test a USB system product in about two weeks without requiring the attendance of product engineering staff members. Independent testing in MCCI’s dedicated lab will give developers of USB system products much faster time-to-market and will ensure that proprietary technologies are not revealed prematurely.
“USB system testing is an important verification step for system manufacturers and silicon designers,” said MCCI president Terry Moore. “MCCI’s investment and expertise in testing combined with our engineering capabilities enables us to quickly and accurately test systems and interpret the results for our customers.”
MCCI’s years of experience with USB offers product vendors a unique combination of expert testing and expert problem resolution. MCCI is the only USB test facility whose main business is USB technology development (80% of the company’s business is USB drivers and firmware). According to Terry Moore, MCCI is ready and able to “go down to the transistor level to help a customer solve a compliance problem.”
About USB Testing
To benefit customers and vendors, the USB Implementers Forum has created a new logo for USB devices. This logo identifies devices and systems that meet certain quality standards.
A manufacturer's device or system must pass compliance testing before being permitted to display the new, trademarked USB-IF logo. This logo gives users the confidence that the device or system will correctly operate together with other USB devices, whether low-speed, full-speed, or high-speed. The USB test procedures, as governed by the USB Implementers Forum, check electrical characteristics, device firmware (if applicable), and general interoperability between the device being tested and other “known-good” devices.
MCCI’s USB 2.0 test lab is operational immediately. The cost for testing a system varies with the number of host ports in the system. The basic price for a system with one port is $3,000; each additional host port adds $2,000. The cost for testing a high-speed device remains at $5,000. The cost for testing a full-speed or low-speed device for compliance remains at $1,650.
MCCI staff helped to develop the USB specifications, and chair the USB-IF
Device Working Group and the Communication Device Class committee. In addition,
MCCI is a leading developer of USB drivers and firmware. MCCI supplies system
software to computer device manufacturers, such as cable modems, ADSL adapters,
and PDAs. A privately held New York Corporation, MCCI has headquarters in
Ithaca NY and offices in Bundang, South Korea (near Seoul).