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European test house Testronic lab gets approved

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on January 20, 2008

From PRnewswire

PCMCIA, the tradeassociation for PC Card(TM) and ExpressCard(R) technologies, has announced that leading European test house Testronic Laboratories, via its PMTC facility in Hasselt, Belgium, has been approved to offer compliance testing for the ExpressCard Standard in Europe.

Testronic Laboratories is the third test house to be approved to test ExpressCard products to ensure that they meet the Standard’s requirements. Compliant systems and modules are able to display the ExpressCard logo; an orange rabbit that tells consumers that ExpressCard products are interoperable, hot swappable and plug’n’play.

The multi-step ExpressCard compliance program assures product interoperability. The first step requires manufacturers to submit an approved product compatibility checklist. The second step requires formal interoperability testing, which consists of (1) a standardised test procedure conducted between participating host systems and module products and (2) a set of mandatory tests against a “gold” suite of compliant host systems and modules. This can be done either through a test house or PCMCIA-sponsored workshop.

ExpressCard “plug ‘n’ play” applications include memory, local area network (LAN), wireless broadband (WWAN), WiFi, memory adapters, parallel adapters, serial adapters, TV tuners, smart card readers, instrumentation, 1394A&B and serial ATA (SATA). ExpressCard technology also supports the advanced serial I/O technologies: USB 2.0 and PCI-Express.

Dell, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Lexar Media, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Sony, Texas Instruments and Toshiba are among those supporting development of the ExpressCard standard.

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