Verification and Test OS supports Sitara Cortex-A8 processors on BeagleBone boards

February 15, 2013 // By Nick Flaherty
Kozio has released a version of its dedicated Verification and Test Operating System (VTOS) for the Sitara ARM AM335x Cortex‒A8 processors from Texas Instruments with a free 30 day evaluation on low cost Beagle boards.

Both the Standard and Advanced VTOS packages provide an out-of-the-box board-based design verification and debug solution for AM335x designs containing DDR2/DDR3, NAND flash, NOR flash, SRAM, UARTS, I2C and McSPI.
Kozio has made available a 30-day free trial of its VTOS Suite for Sitara's AM335x Starter Kit and BeagleBoard.org's BeagleBone.
The VTOS AM335x Advanced Package release contains an additional generic display driver allowing the user to graphically modify a device tree and provide simple display initialization scripts to enable full functional testing of any display.
VTOS provides a complete hardware test environment that helps find hardware design errors more quickly and improve overall design quality. VTOS runs on the prototype hardware without the need for an application OS or test executive. Users can run functional tests, write scripts, transfer files, trace test execution and more. VTOS seamlessly transitions to the production test floor saving time and lowering test development costs.
"By releasing VTOS support for TI's Sitara ARM AM335x Cortex-A8 processors, Kozio will provide a processor-specific design verification environment, which is ideal for debugging and fault isolation," said Russell Crane, product marketing manager for Sitara ARM processors at TI. "This makes it easier for developers to accelerate their time to market and deliver high-quality products with reduced risk and cost. TI is pleased to see them reach this milestone and extend its commitment to offer a robust hardware and software ecosystem."
"Users of the Sitara AM335x processors can now use VTOS to find prototype hardware design errors more quickly and improve overall design quality. In addition, VTOS's configurability enables users to be running on their AM335x prototype hardware in minutes," said Bob Potock, Vice President at Kozio
VTOS is the industry's first special-purpose OS architected exclusively for embedded design verification and production test and provides a hardware test platform that includes functional tests, scripting and interactive debug. It is delivered as a binary package specific to the customer's processor family,