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Timesys Embedded Board Farm

Test Automation and Remote Access Infrastructure

Embedded Board Farm

Utilize our test automation infrastructure to bring your
embedded device into your CI/CT process. Make your boards
remotely accessible for collaborative software development,
test automation, and debugging from anywhere in the world.

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Are you trying to modernize your CI/CT for your embedded products?

Do you want to run your test framework on a standardized test automation infrastructure, utilizing real hardware?

Do you want to use the same infrastructure for debugging?

Take advantage of our Embedded
Board Farm (EBF), and add your
embedded products to your
CI/CT process for higher quality
and efficiency.

For more than 20 years, Timesys has been the industry’s trusted partner for
secure embedded software design and development. We provide device
makers and system developers with tools and services to accelerate time to
market of more secure products.

What You Get with EBF

Test Infrastructure for Your CI/CT

Continuous Testing Infrastructure

Embedded Board Farm’s REST API and Timesys IO controller hardware allow for seamless test automation on real hardware.

  • Preintegrates with test frameworks including LAVA, Squish, Robot Framework, and Fuego
  • Allows for automation of hardware tests (e.g. USB or ethernet hot plug, power control, audio/video capture)
Timesys Test Infrastructure for Your CI/CT
Timesys EBF enables easy integration of different test frameworks, build systems, and CI tools

Standardize Your Processes

Utilize APIs to Interact with Your Embedded Devices and Test Framework

EBF’s open source API spec provides a standardized way to access resources on your board and control lab equipment.

  • Easy integration of different test frameworks, build systems, and CI tools such as Jenkins
  • APIs allow you to remotely control lab equipment (e.g. power measurement)
  • Command Line Interface (CLI) helps you automate repetitive work using your existing workflow

Optimize Your Setup

Scalable Infrastructure

Easily scale your test infrastructure by adding as many Devices Under Test (DUT) as needed, from any location

  • Manage multiple products, product versions, and generations from one centralized dashboard
  • Standardizes how boards are accessed, controlled, and interfaced with across teams
Timesys EBF enables you to easily scale your test infrastructure
Timesys EBF provides secure remote access for your developers

Access Your Embedded Boards Anywhere, Anytime

Secure Remote Access

Our Embedded Board Farm (EBF) puts project hardware and Board Support Packages (BSPs) at your fingertips by providing secure remote access for your developers, testers, support engineers, sales engineers and others.

  • Remote access from anywhere in the world
  • Private and secure behind your firewall, completely in your team’s control
  • Develop and debug BSPs for any embedded OS (Linux, Android, QNX)

Work on Your Own Boards

Real Hardware Instead of Virtual

Unlike virtual BSP access solutions that just simulate BSPs, the EBF provides remote access to live hardware.

  • Allows your teams to work with real products
  • Feels like the board is right next to you
the Timesys EBF provides remote access to live hardware
Streamline Development with Multi-user Access

Eliminate Hardware Bottlenecks

Streamline Development with Multi-user Access

Cut hardware-access-dependent development and testing costs by up to 80% and tighten production schedules with shared remote access.

  • Customer support teams have instant access to BSPs and hardware for troubleshooting customer issues and closing support tickets faster
  • Sales teams demonstrating products to customers can show live hardware at any time and any place
  • Engineering teams can develop products and collaborate efficiently no matter when or where they work

READY TO ADD YOUR EMBEDDED
DEVICE INTO YOUR CI/CT PROCESS?

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Stop trying to cobble together a custom system to get your embedded device onto your CI/CT process and use a proven, scalable solution with our Embedded Board Farm.

How It Works

Timesys embedded board farm test automation and remote access infrastructure

Timesys’ unique software creates a distributed framework granting access to hardware across your organization via a highly secure private cloud. Board access controllers can be placed anywhere in your organization, with each supporting up to four hardware boards as devices under test (DUT).

A centralized server grants users access to the devices, enabling your teams to develop, test and demonstrate software using the live hardware as if it were sitting next to them. Everything sits behind your organization’s firewall, ensuring all products are secure even when they are accessed remotely by your team.

What Comprises an Embedded Board Farm

EBF test automation infrastructure consists of EBF on-prem Software, Zombies, and IO-CX.

EBF Software controls Zombies and IO-CX for managing and executing commands on the real hardware (device under test, or DUT) connected to them.

The Coordinating Software

EBF Software

EBF on-prem Software provides a web interface, REST API and a Command Line Interface (CLI) to users and test frameworks for connecting to the remote device of their choice, giving them full access and an experience as if the device is right next to them.

EBF on-prem Software provides a web interface, REST API and a Command Line Interface
EBF zombie

The Brains Connecting to Your Device

Zombie

This is custom Timesys hardware that you will own. It can support up to 4 DUTs and can be placed anywhere within your corporate network.

The Expandable Connectivity

IO-CX

The IO Controller and Expander is hardware supplied by Timesys. It connects the DUT to the Zombie for providing SDMux, Hotplug Ethernet and USB, user controlled GPIO pins and I2C bus.

EBF IO-CX controller and expander

How EBF Integrates into Your CI/CT System

EBF API

Add a standard RESTful API to your embedded devices, making them accessible to numerous CI/CT systems. Now you can interface with your embedded device the same way you interact with

  • Jenkins
  • Squish
  • Buildroot
  • Bamboo
  • Yocto Project
  • Lava
  • Fuego
  • Robot Framework
  • Timesys Factory
EBF on-prem Software provides a web interface, REST API and a Command Line Interface

EBF Test Automation Infrastructure

Starter kit

  • EBF software
  • 1x Zombie
  • 2x IO-CX
  • Additional Zombies and IO-CXs can be purchased as needed.

Why Choose EBF?

utilize a modern CI/CT system

Utilize a modern CI/CT system to achieve higher efficiency and quality

Integrate your favorite test framework onto shared board farm infrastructure

Integrate your favorite test framework onto shared board farm infrastructure, with real hardware

Minimize cost and project schedule by eliminating hardware access bottlenecks

Minimize cost and project schedule by eliminating hardware access bottlenecks

READY TO ADD YOUR EMBEDDED
DEVICE INTO YOUR CI/CT PROCESS?

Start the Conversation

Stop trying to cobble together a custom system to get your embedded device onto your CI/CT process and use a proven, scalable solution with our Embedded Board Farm.

See the impact of EBF in action

Embedded Board Farm (EBF) Overview
Video

Embedded Board Farm (EBF) Overview

Watch this quick video to check out all of EBF’s features.

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Blog

Stay in your workflow with Command Line Interface for EBF

Learn how CLI for EBF helps you stay in your workflow and automate mundane work.

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Demo

Schedule an Embedded Board Farm Demo

See the power of EBF in action with a customized demo of our test automation and remote access infrastructure.

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