Test engineering is a global endeavor. Electronic devices can be prototyped thousands of miles from where they are manufactured and ultimately deployed. They must be tested every step of the way. But electrical engineers worlds apart may store test results in different places, which can complicate tasks like debugging glitches and correlating results with test conditions.
Santa Clara, California-based startup Gradient One is trying to simplify many of the mundane tasks weighing down test engineering as hardware becomes more complicated. The company has developed a cloud platform for test automation, storage and analysis and other tasks that traditionally have been handled at the test bench. The goal is to shave costs for test engineering firms and other businesses.
GradientOne is shaking up the somewhat stodgy automated testing market, bringing a taste of the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and big data analytics to make it easier for engineers to capture test data and generate insights throughout various phases in a product’s lifecycle.
When you think of “the cloud” and “big-data analytics,” you probably think of a nebulous place where marketers store data about everyone’s whereabouts and buying preferences. But wait, engineers don’t do analytics; they do analysis. Nevertheless, having test data stored and processed in the cloud can offer some advantages over storing it locally.
Several companies have developed web-based apps for using the cloud to store test data, analyze that data, and even control bench instruments. So far, each application we’ve seen serves a different purpose....