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Hardware Functional Compatibility Test Methodology

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037209D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Pancoast, S Parnell, D [+details]

Abstract

When a new PC or PS/2 system is developed, the system must go through a series of tests to ensure hardware compatibility with the previous PC systems. This testing is often done by testing a variety of functions via software applications or custom applications. The testing would often be done by a variety of test groups and there was little way to track what functions were tested by the various groups and which functions had not been tested. The task of making a list of functions with all the various permutations of software and hardware seemed insurmountable. There continued to be a need to map the coverage performed by the various test groups in order to determine what areas had not been tested.