ASA Announces Major Enhancements to No-Cost M1 Waveform Viewer™ Tool

M1 Waveform Viewer allows users to easily view/share/explore complete waveforms from any oscilloscope, digitizer, or EDA tool anywhere/anytime.  Training videos and a New User Wizard make becoming an expert painless.

Amherst, MA USA…. May 21, 2014

Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today announced numerous significant enhancements to their award-winning M1 Waveform Viewer (M1WV™) tool.  These enhancements include bringing M1WV up to the same “any platform, any brand, any age” level of support as M1 Waveform Tools™ - meaning users can analyze and share fully-explorable waveforms (rather than just screen images) acquired from a wide variety of devices from every major manufacturer.  The full list of manufacturers fully supported by ASA’s M1 tools now includes:

  • Oscilloscopes: Agilent Technologies, Rohde & Schwarz, Tektronix, Teledyne/LeCroy, and Yokogawa.  This includes older Hewlett-Packard scopes that Agilent themselves no longer support.  Also included in M1WV is full read support for the Tektronix WaveStar file format that Tek themselves no longer support.
  • Digitizers: Acqiris, Agilent Technologies, GaGe, National Instruments, Spectrum, and Teradyne/ZTEC.
  • EDA: Ansoft, Cadence, Mentor Graphics, Synopsys, and any other waveform simulation tool capable of outputting TRn or CSV format waveforms.

Of particular note among the enhancements to M1 Waveform Viewer is the addition of a New User Wizard mode, which assists first time users and others who may be unfamiliar with waveform-handling tools learn to quickly use the product.  The Wizard walks users through common tasks such as connecting to a scope or digitizer to acquire waveforms or loading previously saved waveforms that were sent to them by collaborator.  Of course, users also still have access to our existing online video training.

Additional enhancements to M1 Waveform Viewer include support for up to 128 channels of analog data (e.g. from a digitizer system or an EDA simulation) and the addition of Eye Diagrams and FFT/spectrum measurements to the existing 22 built-in voltage and time/jitter measurements.  This means that M1 WV now has greater measurement and analysis capability than is native to most oscilloscopes and all digitizers or EDA tools.

Mike Williams, President and Principal Product Designer for the M1 product family, noted “M1 Waveform Viewer makes waveform collaboration easy by allowing you to send complete, fully-explorable and analyzable waveforms rather than just a screenshot and a questionably-worded email.  And by allowing you to do that analysis away from the instrument or EDA tool that created it, engineers can be more productive and lab equipment can spend more time actually acquiring – meaning you may need to purchase fewer instruments in the future.”

To learn more about M1 Waveform Viewer, please visit www.m1ot.com

A photo of M1™ can be found at http://www.amherst-systems.com/press-photos.htm.   

About ASA Corp.

ASA Corp. is an engineering/technology company focused squarely on clock & timing engineering, and related measurement science. As an innovator and a leader in this field for over 25 years, ASA has helped forge how clock & timing is done today, as well as contributing significantly to what future clock and measurement technologies will look like. ASA’s patented approach to analyzing jitter and timing in both clock and data-streams is instantiated in the M1™ product family, which has become the de facto standard for how high-precision timing is measured. The M1™ family of waveform-handling tools is both the functionality and precision leader in every market segment in which it competes, and is the only tool which runs on the oscilloscopes, digitizers, and EDA tools of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to its hundreds of clients and partners worldwide.

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ASA Announces No-Cost Waveform Analysis Tool & Training for the Academic Engineering Market

With M1 Waveform Viewer™, students and professors can reduce lab equipment usage, produce standardized reports to enhance their assignments, and gain the benefit of being able to analyze their waveforms wherever they want.

Amherst, MA USA…. May 21, 2014

In addition to significant enhancements to their award-winning M1 Waveform Viewer (M1WV™) tool announced recently, Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) is reaching out to educators and students to help them understand the many ways in which M1WV makes their lives easier and enriches their education.

With M1WV, students can easily share complete, fully-explorable waveforms with lab partners as well as with the professor/Teaching Assistant if they have questions.  Lectures and homework assignments can include previously-saved waveforms, bringing more real-world experience and principles into the classroom.  And a standardized reporting format for labs/projects let the student allocate more time to the engineering lesson.

M1WV is the only tool that supports waveforms from all platforms (oscilloscopes, digitizers, and EDA tools) and all brands (Acqiris,Agilent, Ansoft, Cadence, GaGe, Mentor Graphics, National Instruments,Rohde & Schwarz, Spectrum,Synopsys, Tektronix, Teledyne/LeCroy, Teradyne/ZTEC,and Yokogawa) equally, regardless of age. This includes older Hewlett-Packard scopes that Agilent themselves no longer support including the WaveStar file format that Tek themselves no longer support

Because ASA never drops support for an instrument (going back to the HP54720 from 20 yrs ago), M1WV is ideal for college environments where financial realities mean there is seldom budget available to purchase the newest equipment for the electronics labs.  Additionally, since M1WV allows students to do the actual measurement and analysis work away from the hardware, lab time is optimized and it may be possible to get by with fewer scopes in the lab.

Mike Williams, President and Principal Product Designer for the M1 product family, noted “I spent several years teaching Electrical Engineering, both lectures and labs.  This kind of tool would have been incredibly useful for both me and my TAs to provide the students with the best possible connection to real-world wavefom use. We’re very proud to provide this tool at no cost to the academic market as well as providing a number of application notes to help faculty get the most out of it.  Even more important than the notes is the online training available to any student, TA, or professor 24/7 to become an instant power user.  If I were providing this to my students today, I would insist that everyone watch the training on the first day of the semester.  The more capable a technology tool is, the more likely you are to need training…  and M1WV is the most powerful waveform viewer and collaboration tool in the industry.  And the fact that our customers voted M1WV an Ultimate Product award seems to back that up.”

To learn more about M1 Waveform Viewer for academic users, please visit www.m1ot.com/wv-academic

A photo of M1™ can be found at http://www.amherst-systems.com/press-photos.htm.   

 

About ASA Corp.

ASA Corp. is an engineering/technology company focused squarely on clock & timing engineering, and related measurement science. As an innovator and a leader in this field for over 25 years, ASA has helped forge how clock & timing is done today, as well as contributing significantly to what future clock and measurement technologies will look like. ASA’s patented approach to analyzing jitter and timing in both clock and data-streams is instantiated in the M1™ product family, which has become the de facto standard for how high-precision timing is measured. The M1™ family of waveform-handling tools is both the functionality and precision leader in every market segment in which it competes, and is the only tool which runs on the oscilloscopes, digitizers, and EDA tools of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to its hundreds of clients and partners worldwide.

 

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ASA Announces Major New Features in M1 Waveform Tools™ v7

ASA’s newly-released M1 Waveform Tools v7 provides M1™ users with an expanded vision and an even broader set of capabilities.

Amherst, MA USA... May 15, 2014

Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today announced the release of the latest version (v7) of their flagship product M1 Waveform Tools, which defined the oscilloscope-usefulness software market when first released in 1994. The new release builds upon the industry-defining vision and capability set available in previous versions. To better reflect this expanded/unlimited vision, the name of the tool is changing from M1 Oscilloscope Tools™ to M1 Waveform Tools with this version. The new name highlights ASA’s unique platform-agnostic, brand-agnostic, and age-agnostic approach and ability to improve customers’ waveform-based workflow far beyond just oscilloscopes.

M1 Waveform Tools v7 includes support for multiple new platform types beyond oscilloscopes, multiple major enhancements in automation, an emergency backup license server product to maximize uptime during hardware failures, and significant new types of collaboration, to name but a few. Over the next several weeks, ASA will be releasing a series of detailed Press Releases introducing these new capabilities and describing their impact on customers’ waveform handling workflow. The series of Press Releases from ASA will contain new announcements and enhancements for the popular no-cost M1 Waveform Viewer product as well. A high-level summary of all the new changes can be found at www.m1ot.com/v7.

Mike Williams, President and Principal Product Designer for the M1 product family, noted "No other tool in the waveform-handling software market has been in continuous release even half as long as M1.  We invented that market. Before this release, the vision and capability set of M1 Waveform Tools literally dwarfed that of any other waveform software. With the release of v7, we are not only providing a massive expansion of the capability set, but more importantly substantially broadening the already enormous vision.  No other portfolio on the market even attempts to address the scale of end-to-end workflow acceleration of customer waveform handling activities (measurement, analysis, automation, collaboration, debug) that M1 addresses, let alone attempts to address them in an anti-proprietary, platform-agnostic, brand-agnostic, age-agnostic manner.  Or at anything less than a customer-punishing price. There is no rational reason for a customer to waste their budget on the so-called tools and the associated limited visions from the platform manufacturers.”

With all of the changes to the portfolio, ASA has also expanded their website, www.M1OT.com, to discuss M1 in terms of the impacts it can have on a customer’s workflow rather than just listing individual features and functions as is the norm for the simple, proprietary accessory software offered by the platform manufacturers.

U.S. Availability and Pricing

M1 Waveform Tools Version 7 has been released and is available immediately. M1 employs "scalable pricing", where the actual price level is determined by the platform configuration to which you will attach it. Pricing ranges from US$495 to US$11,995 in seven steps. For more information, please see the product web site.

For further information about M1, please email ASA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us on the web at www.M1OT.com.

Photos of M1™ can be found at www.m1ot.com/press-photos.htm.

You may also request a quote at either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the web at www.M1OT.com/order.


About ASA Corp.

ASA Corp. is an engineering/technology company focused squarely on clock & timing engineering, and related measurement science. As an innovator and a leader in this field for over 25 years, ASA has helped forge how clock & timing is done today, as well as contributing significantly to what future clock and measurement technologies will look like. ASA’s patented approach to analyzing jitter and timing in both clock and data-streams is instantiated in the M1™ product family, which has become the de facto standard for how high-precision timing is measured. The M1™ family of waveform-handling tools is both the functionality and precision leader in every market segment in which it competes, and is the only tool which runs on the oscilloscopes, digitizers, and EDA tools of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to its hundreds of clients and partners worldwide.


Press Contact:

Richard Pavia
+1-413-596-5354 voice
+1-413-596-9686 fax
richard_pavia (at) amherst-systems.com

ASA Announces Support for Digitizers and EDA tools

ASA announced today that their waveform-handling tools (M1 Waveform Tools™ and M1 Waveform Viewer™) now support high-speed digitizers and EDA simulation tools from all major manufacturers, bringing measurement, analysis, automation, collaboration, debug, and more.

Amherst, MA USA... May 15, 2014

As part of a sequence of press releases introducing new capabilities, Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today announced support for acquiring waveforms from high-speed digitizers, giving digitizer users access to advanced data acquisition, analysis, automation, collaboration, and more that have previously been unavailable to them in any form. ASA supports waveform acquisition from digitizer platforms with both its flagship product, M1 Waveform Tools, and with the no-cost M1 Waveform Viewer™ tool.Systems combining M1™ with digitizers provide a fully integrated solution for single and multiple board, large channel count digitizer collections, turning the user’s digitizer into a fully-functional oscilloscope with a UI that provides a true oscilloscope experience.

ASA is also announcing that EDA simulated waveforms are now supported both with M1 Waveform Tools and M1 Waveform Viewer. M1 supports reading several native EDA waveform file formats, including the popular TRn format, giving EDA users access to all of M1’s analysis, automation, collaboration, and more that have previously been unavailable to them in any form. Designers now have access to the same analysis and compliance-testing capabilities at the front end of a device's life-cycle as other engineers have long enjoyed in debug, characterization, manufacturing test, customer support, and failure analysis using oscilloscope or digitizer data.

The full list of platform manufacturers supported by ASA for both M1 Waveform Tools and M1 Waveform Viewer now includes (a complete list can be found at www.m1ot.com/platforms):

  • Oscilloscopes: Tektronix, Rohde & Schwarz, Agilent Technologies (including older Hewlett-Packard scopes that Agilent themselves no longer support), Teledyne/LeCroy, and Yokogawa
  • Digitizers: National Instruments, Teradyne/ZTEC , Acqiris, Agilent Technologies, GaGe, and Spectrum
  • EDA: Any waveform simulation tool capable of outputting TRn or CSV format waveforms (e.g. Synopsys, Ansoft, Cadence, Mentor Graphics)

The addition of support for high-speed digitizers provides an opportunity for customers to select cost-effective solutions when their testing requirements include more than four channels of data, or if they could benefit from greater than 8-bit resolution. The ASA measurement automation library also provides great advantages for companies writing software to support their test stand platforms. This library can complement the instrument-sequencing type of automation provided by external languages like LabVIEW or VEE to maximize productivity for complex automations in the lab.

The addition of M1’s rich measurement and analysis tools to EDA-generated waveforms will assist designers in understanding device behaviors at the earliest stages of the product development process. EDA software companies cannot specialize in building libraries of complex waveform measurements and M1 Waveform Tools provides an excellent complementary product for them. Engineers during debug and characterization will also benefit from being able to compare simulated waveform behavior to their results in the lab.

ASA President and Principal Product Designer for the M1 product family Mike Williams noted: “We have always taken the attitude that a scope is a scope is a scope. Once the waveform has been digitized it just flat out doesn’t matter whose brand you have. Every customer’s reality is that the platform brand that made sense when you bought your current instrument probably won’t be the one that makes sense when it’s time to replace it or add a new one. The M1 Vision specifically incorporated this brand-agnostic element in its design. With the release of v7, we are expanding this pro-customer design philosophy to its natural limit. We know our customers regularly need to understand waveforms captured by scopes, digitizers, or generated by simulators of any brand, and we have appropriately expanded our support to incorporate all of these different types of platforms. There are enormous productivity and effectiveness advantages to not having to deal with a dozen different tools and UIs and way of calculating things, etc, etc, etc. The single most powerful waveform-handling tool on the planet, M1 Waveform Tools v7, now supports all of your platforms, and ASA has never and will never discontinue support for an older platform in order to encourage you to buy a newer platform. One of the things I’m most excited about with our support for digitizers is M1’s ability to create a very-high-channel-count interactive oscilloscope with more than the typical 8-bit resolution out of a bank of digitizers. The world has wanted affordable high-channel-count scopes for a long time, and we’re the first and only company to provide them. Furthermore, there is nothing available in the EDA space that can perform the kind of waveform analysis, debug, compliance, etc. that M1 can provide. In fact, while meeting with a product manager for one of the major EDA companies recently, he shared that one of his customers had just told him ‘your analysis tools aren’t any more useful than a pad of graph paper’. M1 corrects that problem with a vengeance.”

U.S. Availability and Pricing

M1 Waveform Tools Version 7 has been released and is available immediately. M1 employs "scalable pricing", where the actual price level is determined by the platform configuration to which you will attach it. Pricing ranges from US$495 to US$11,995 in seven steps. For more information, please see the product web site.

For further information about ASA products, automation, and the platforms and brands that we support, please email ASA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us on the web at www.M1OT.com.

A photo of M1™ can be found at www.M1OT.com/press-photos.htm.


About ASA Corp.

ASA Corp. is an engineering/technology company focused squarely on clock & timing engineering, and related measurement science. As an innovator and a leader in this field for over 25 years, ASA has helped forge how clock & timing is done today, as well as contributing significantly to what future clock and measurement technologies will look like. ASA’s patented approach to analyzing jitter and timing in both clock and data-streams is instantiated in the M1™ product family, which has become the de facto standard for how high-precision timing is measured. The M1™ family of waveform-handling tools is both the functionality and precision leader in every market segment in which it competes, and is the only tool which runs on the oscilloscopes, digitizers, and EDA tools of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to its hundreds of clients and partners worldwide.


Press Contact:

Richard Pavia
+1-413-596-5354 voice
+1-413-596-9686 fax
richard_pavia (at) amherst-systems.com

 

ASA Announces Contest to Win M1 Waveform Tools License

Registering a no-cost M1 Waveform Viewer license automatically makes users eligible to win $1000s in ASA software products for their oscilloscope or digitizer.

Amherst, MA USA... May 15, 2014

Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today announced that from now until September 30th 2014, ASA is running a contest for newly registered M1 Waveform Viewer™ customers. M1WV™ is an award-winning no-cost tool that enables users to explore, share, analyze, and document waveforms acquired from oscilloscopes, digitizers, or EDA simulation tools from any major manufacturer. For each 100 registrations received during the contest period, ASA will select a winner to receive a no-cost license of M1 Waveform Tools™ for their registered device and three copies of M1 Reader™ with a one year Software Subscription for all licenses. This can be up to an $14,375 value, depending on the device to which it is attached. M1 Waveform Tools (M1WT™) is the acknowledged and unquestioned innovation leader in the waveform-handling tools market that was introduced by ASA in 1994 and has been in continuous refinement and development since. It provides a range of critical functionality: analysis, exploration, characterization, debug, compliance testing, and more of waveforms. These waveforms can come from nearly ANY platform or brand of scope, digitizer, or EDA tool. Working in concert, M1WT and M1 Reader provide unparalleled collaboration, automation support, and more, thanks to the customer-centric ASA vision for total waveform workflow acceleration.

Current M1 Waveform Viewer users are eligible to participate in the contest by using the collaboration capability of the tool to share waveforms with others. All users can enter one time per month and the entry will be recorded when their collaborator has registered the new M1WV license.

Winners will be contacted directly by ASA during the contest period and announced on the ASA website. M1 licenses awarded must be registered to the winners’ company and cannot be transferred or sold. For a complete list of contest rules, go to www.M1OT.com/m1wv-contest.

For further information about ASA products, automation, and the platforms and brands supported by the M1 Family of products, please email ASA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit us on the web at www.M1OT.com.


About ASA Corp.

ASA Corp. is an engineering/technology company focused squarely on clock & timing engineering, and related measurement science. As an innovator and a leader in this field for over 25 years, ASA has helped forge how clock & timing is done today, as well as contributing significantly to what future clock and measurement technologies will look like. ASA’s patented approach to analyzing jitter and timing in both clock and data-streams is instantiated in the M1™ product family, which has become the de facto standard for how high-precision timing is measured. The M1™ family of waveform-handling tools is both the functionality and precision leader in every market segment in which it competes, and is the only tool which runs on the oscilloscopes, digitizers, and EDA tools of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to its hundreds of clients and partners worldwide.


Press Contact:

Richard Pavia
+1-413-596-5354 voice
+1-413-596-9686 fax
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