Industries & Solutions

AS THE INTERACTION OF HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE CONTINUES TO GROW EXPONENTIALLY IN COMPLEXITY, SO DO INDUSTRY-FACING PROBLEMS AND INCREASED RISKS FOR MANUFACTURERS. RELIABLE EMBEDDED SOFTWARE IS THE KEY TO MAINTAINING A COMPETITIVE EDGE.

THIS IS MOST APPARENT IN MISSION CRITICAL EMBEDDED MARKETS.

Industry-Facing Problems

time to market

The component integration process between suppliers and original equipment manufacturers for custom developed embedded solutions is lengthy and error prone.

Cost

There’s a high cost of change to existing specifications due to tightly coupled software and hardware dependencies.

Resources

There’s a lack of available tools that provide automated testing and simulation of custom developed smart embedded code.

Quality & Confidence

There’s inadequate automated testing and validation of code quality and compliance to standards of safety critical embedded software.

LOOP's Solutions

Through our extensive smart embedded experiences we’ve developed a solution offering virtual, simulated testing that streamlines development and reduces cost through mock components—allowing product development to move forward without the need for actual hardware. LOOP validates component functionality early on and adapts to multiple hardware bus solutions so that its testing requirements and language are familiar to your exact business needs.

Tests embedded stand-ins and actual components

One of the biggest challenges in every industry is testing and producing a product that has multiple sensors and components that need to work together, or simultaneously, in order to provide a desired outcome. The majority of the time, the sensors and components are still being developed—they’re physically untestable. LOOP can test embedded stand-ins for each needed sensor and component—giving you the ability to test one stand-in against another, or mix in as many stand-ins and physical components as needed.

Uses common coding language

By using testing language that’s familiar to a specific business and technology, the potential for error propagation during development reduces, dependency on specific individuals for integration is removed and the wait time for hardware arrival and availability is reduced.

Continuously tests code

When testing various components against numerous compliance frameworks and scenarios, there will always be new and updated code. Because of this, LOOP automatically and continuously tests the new code against the mock  components and the actual embedded systems—providing confidence that all systems are working together properly early in development and that the new code is not causing errors that may delay development or cause expensive cost-to-change down the road.

Hardware at each developer station

The product being developed has hundreds, if not thousands, of system specifications and test validations that need to take place in order for it to operate at or above industry standards. By providing each developer with affordable hardware and software tools, they can develop embedded systems from their desk and embedded software delivery can be scaled across multiple teams, vendors and partners—resulting in the product getting to market faster.

LOOP's Benefits

The Solutions loop bring to the table help drive your business and deliverables further. Our solutions benefit all parties involved, increasing safety, bolstering compliance and ultimately accelerating the pace of innovation.

Parallel development

With LOOP, the user doesn’t have to wait for hardware to be physically built to start testing system requirements. This benefit allows software development and hardware development to occur, in parallel, then merge once they’re both fully developed—essential for boosting team productivity, especially when working on complex and evolving source code.

Increased productive embedded talent

Traditionally, software development doesn’t begin until the physical hardware has been built—causing embedded development talent to shift their focus on another project while waiting for physical hardware. LOOP allows the engineer to work with mock hardware ensuring that the project is always moving forward. Providing hardware at each developer station also increases productivity and allows the testing to be scaled across multiple teams.

Increased confidence of code

Because the mock components we’re able to create can simulate scenarios that are impossible to create in the physical world, such as driving in reverse at 150 miles per hour or a temperature gauge reaching 700 degrees, the developer can cover a larger portion of tests. By testing and validating component functionality early and often, LOOP minimizes defects and reduces total cost of ownership.

Decreased development time

As product development time decreases, operational efficiency increases and better products are created faster—without inflating cost or compromising quality. Through virtual simulation and rapid prototyping of hardware the overall cost of production is reduced.

Reduced wait times for hardware testing

There’s always a gap between when hardware needs to be developed and when software can start to be developed. LOOP reduces that time significantly due to its ability to simulate hardware and work in parallel with original equipment manufacturers.

Quality assurance

LOOP focuses on the testing process and prevention of potential defects, changing the production outlook to quality assurance rather than quality control—fixing problems before they have a chance to become problems.

Mitigated risk

All of LOOP’s solutions mitigate risk because all aspects are able to be engaged earlier in the process. By utilizing a compliance framework LOOP ensures traceability and accountability between production code and requirements/tests—providing risk mitigation and audit readiness.

Affordable hardware

Buying individual hardware to facilitate a test bench is costly. LOOP fractions that cost by simulating each component in one box.

Identification of nonconforming behaviors early on

By test-driving the expectation and behavior of a system through virtual hardware before physical hardware is available, the developer can pinpoint the exact location of the error and quickly address the issue. Once physical hardware is available, the same tests can be ran and validated to ensure accuracy. This also prevents costly changes or product recalls once the physical product is out in the market.