ASA brings "Apps" to oscilloscopes and M1™

The M1 Apps Program is a combination of enabling technology and a business model/marketplace designed to bring third-party applications developers together with scope users to more rapidly deliver needed scope functionality to market.

Amherst, MA USA…. December 18, 2009

Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today launched another industry first – an apps marketplace for scopes. Called the M1 Apps Program™, it is designed to create a mechanism to both drastically speed up the introduction of new scope functionalities (e.g. compliance tests, special measurements, stimulus-response, etc.) and to create scope functionalities that otherwise would never be developed.

"Our ultimate objective is to accelerate the production of new technology solutions that speed customer measurement workflow of every kind, without regard to scope brand", according to Mike Williams, President and Chief Product Designer for M1OT. "The technology component of the Apps Program is M1's powerful native automation capabilities, with three new essential business elements that make up the program."

  • A new third-party Developers Program eliminates the technology barriers to having the true experts develop useful scope software of all kinds that runs on any brand of scope.
  • A new marketplace called the M1 Apps Store gives M1 users a genuine financial incentive to develop a wide variety of new functionality. It is also a one-stop destination for scope users to easily find new, low-cost or free functionalities like compliance tests and special measurements.
  • And a new Manufacturer's Apps Program makes it very simple for signal source manufacturers to rapidly create software options that combine their instruments with any scopes into stimulus-response systems. And do so without their having to re-develop and test any of the massive analysis functionality already in M1.

As of launch, the M1 Apps Store already has well over 100 Apps, including at least two “killer apps”:

  • SimBridge™ which allows the user to apply the massive analysis capabilities of M1 to their simulator output. M1 is the only scope software/analysis tool that can be used across the entire device life-cycle, from simulation through R&D, characterization, production test and beyond.
  • External Decode - M1 already provides a large number of decode capabilities, but there are a LOT of flavors of decode in the world. Our external decode App provides the framework, the hooks and a process for engineers and Developers to easily create new decode types in M1.

"Apps are all the rage now in other product spaces today," according to Williams, "but we've been in the customer-generated apps business since 2004 when we invented the idea of making scope software user-definable. What's different now is that we've created a marketplace to bring customer needs and developers together. The objective is more rapid and convenient access to new functionality across all scope brands."

To Learn More

For more in-depth comments by Williams: http://www.m1ot.com/mike-w-blog

For more information about the M1 Apps Program: http://www.m1ot.com/m1apps

The M1 Third-Party Apps Developers Program is described at: http://www.m1ot.com/m1appsdevconnection

The M1 Apps Store itself is located at: http://www.m1ot.com/m1appsstore

An associated manufacturer's program is at: http://www.m1ot.com/m1appsOEM

U.S. Availability, Pricing and Photos

M1 OT is available immediately. It is priced at under $8000 (price determined by the attached scope). M1 is described at www.m1ot.com.

For further information about The M1 Apps Program, please email ASA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the links above.

A photo of M1™ can be found at http://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 the past 22 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 timing and jitter analysis 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 instruments of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading measurement 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 Corp. white-paper compares M1 native automation tools with Agilent N5467A Infiniium User-Defined Application software
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White-paper reveals differences of importance to teams that use more than a limited set of scope models from a single manufacturer, or that would benefit from access to a broader set of capabilities.

Amherst, MA USA…. November 10, 2009

Amherst Systems Associates Inc. (ASA Corp.) today released a white paper comparing key contributions of their M1 Oscilloscope Tools native automation capabilities with those of Agilent's N5467A User-Defined Application software for automating measurement workflow that includes oscilloscopes.


While both products can provide their users with useful automation functionality, M1's different approach to the product space yields a number of advantages over others that attempt to favor one brand of scope over another. The primary conclusions of the comparison reported in the document are:

  • M1 is not constrained to working with only a subset of one manufacturer’s equipment as UDA is and that this is a critically important difference.
  • M1 affords access to a significantly wider range of built-in analysis types.
  • M1 provides an intuitive graphical environment for authoring of automations, as well as a means for deriving automations from actual measurement sessions.
  • Acquisition and ownership costs of automating scope-based measurement workflow with M1 are significantly lower.

"M1's unencumbered and easily scalable automation capabilities have been available to our customers since the release of M1 v4 in early 2005." Mike Williams, President of ASA and Chief Product Designer of M1 OT, said. "That head start translates into a substantially more refined vision and capability set. I'm confident that any team with a need to automate scope-based measurement workflow will be dramatically better served by the rich, native capabilities of M1."

Engineers interested in obtaining this comparison document can do so from: www.m1ot.com/automation.

U.S. Availability and Pricing

The capabilities discussed in this press release are native to M1 Oscilloscope Tools and M1 READER.

Both products are available immediately. M1OT is priced in the US from $995, depending upon the scope and M1 READER is priced at $250.

For further information, 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 for M1 in general, and www.m1ot.com/automation to request the white paper or learn more.

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


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 the past 22 years, ASA has helped forge how clock and 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 timing and jitter analysis 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 instruments of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading measurement products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to its hundreds of clients and partners worldwide.


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Compliance-Failure Diagnosis Tools Available for M1OT Users
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Amherst, MA USA…. June 4, 2009

 

Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today announced the release their latest version (6.03) of M1 Oscilloscope Tools. A key feature set of v6.03 is Compliance Breakout which makes it possible to display, explore and compare any of the unique, test-specific measurements (e.g. Data-out high impedance time from CK/CK# [tHZ(DQ)] in DDR3) for any of the compliance tests supported by M1.

Modern compliance tests (DDR2/3, PCIe, etc.) typically specify somewhere between 10 and 30 measurements to be tested against limits set by the issuing standards bodies for a device to be said to comply. Most of these measurements are familiar, such as period or rise time. But in recent years, unique measurements have started to appear in standards, such as tHZ(DQ) in DDR3. Compliance Breakout provides the user with diagnostic tools that allow them to get to the bottom of why their device is failing these test-specific measurements. Ordinarily, these unique, test-specific measurements only exist within the compliance tests themselves and are not available as independently invokable measurements. Compliance Breakout allows the user to invoke/view that unique measurement directly in any of the normal M1 views (vs time, histogram, long-time-scale/multi-acquisition). By being integrated into the normal measurement payload of M1, these test-specific measurements can be combined with M1’s other unique diagnostic tools like Isolated Sub-Population Analysis, which isolates all the failures to allow them to be compared/synchronized with signals on other channels and in other analysis domains. Compliance Breakout works with any of the compliance-specific measurements in any compliance test supported by M1.

Mike Williams, President and Principal Product Designer for the M1 product family, noted "Compliance Breakout dovetails perfectly into our vision of M1 as a single inexpensive tool capable of accelerating every stage of our customer's measurement workflow... both on-line and off-line, regardless of what brand of scopes they use. Because of the open implementation standard approach we take in creating compliance tests, Compliance Breakout automatically makes available every test-specific measurement in every compliance test we offer now and in the future a part of the standard measurement payload of M1."

To learn more about Compliance Breakout, please visit http://www.m1ot.com/breakout.

A white-paper illustrating how to use Compliance Breakout is available from: http://www.m1ot.com/application-notes.htm.

To learn what compliance specs M1 supports, please visit http://www.m1ot.com/compliance.

U.S. Availability and Pricing

Compliance Breakout is available in M1 Oscilloscope Tools – Ultimate Edition, version 6.03 and later. It also requires the updated (June 2009) compliance test scripts available from www.m1ot.com/compliance.

M1 OT version 6.03 will be released on or before June 18, 2009. M1 OT employs "scalable pricing", where the actual price level is determined by the scope to which you will attach it. Pricing ranges from $995US to $7995US in five steps. For more information, please see the product web site.

For further information about M1-OT, 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

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.amherst-systems.com/onlinestore.htm.

About ASA Corp.

ASA Corp. is an engineering/technology company focussed squarely on clock & timing engineering, and related measurement science. As an innovator and a leader in this field for the past 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 defacto standard for how high-precision timing is measured. The M1™ family of timing and jitter analysis 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 instruments of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading measurement products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to it’s hundreds of clients and partners worldwide.

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ASA Corp. Launches Finder’s Fee Program

ASA today announced the M1 Recommender Program, which pays up to a 10% finder’s fee to individuals who successfully refer organizations that adopt M1 Oscilloscope Tools, or sign on for ASA's CIRRUS Program

Amherst, MA USA…. November 6, 2008


In the current economic downturn, thousands of engineers have already been laid off and it seems likely that thousands more will be in the coming months. Today, Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) announced the launch of the M1 Recommender Program (MRP), the third element of ASA’s “Economic Stimulus Package” for the declining electronics industry. MRP joins the previously announced ScopeMatch and CIRRUS programs which provide customers with 5 and 6-digit savings on oscilloscope purchases, and a zero-cost license for ASA's M1 Oscilloscope Tools to purchasers of new oscilloscopes, respectively.

Under MRP, ASA will pay a finder’s fee of at least 7% for referrals that lead to a sale of M1 Oscilloscope Tools, and a flat $500 finder's fee to referrals that lead to a CIRRUS adoption and upgrade. Participants can refer multiple names. A typical M1 multi-unit order can result in a finder's fee that exceeds $1700. ASA President Mike Williams noted "Paying people to sell your product is exactly how all products get sold. ASA has a choice about how we approach that. It's the customer who has made M1 successful and I believe it is the perfect time to share some of the value with them. We all know people who have been either laid off or had their pay cut. I think this is the direction we need to move in."

Any individual who knows a person or organization that is either in the process of purchasing a new oscilloscope or could benefit from the industry-leading functionality and massive organizational benefits available from M1 OT can submit that name on ASA’s website. If the referral is previously unknown to ASA, and moves forward with a qualifying M1 purchase within the next 90 days, the referrer will earn a finder’s fee. Multiple names can be referred by a single individual, with no limit to the magnitude of the fee that could possibly be earned. The program is currently limited to the United States for both the recommender and the referral.

U.S. Availability

The M1 Recommender Program is not currently active.

 

Further information:

About ASA Corp.

ASA Corp. is an engineering/technology company focussed squarely on clock & timing engineering, and related measurement science. As an innovator and a leader in this field for the past 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 defacto standard for how high-precision timing is measured. The M1 family of timing and jitter analysis 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 instruments of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading measurement products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to it’s hundreds of clients and partners worldwide.


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ASA Corp. Announces ScopeMatch™, a Scope Procurement Advisory Service
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ASA today announced a new consulting service, dubbed “ScopeMatch,” that will assist engineers in matching their needs to the correct oscilloscope to avoid over- or under-buying.

Amherst, MA USA…. August 27, 2008


The ScopeMatch service will help solve two common problems engineers face when confronted with a need to purchase an oscilloscope. The first problem is matching the wrong scope to the work being done. This can happen for a variety of reasons.

The second problem is purchasing the scope carelessly. Many engineers go straight to the manufacturer without checking other sources. Better deals can be found in the secondary, refurb, and rental markets.

ASA’s ScopeMatch service offers five specific value propositions:

  • We'll help you match the signals you need to see now and into the future, with the right scope. Not too much. Not too little. And zero vested interest in whether you buy a lot or a little.
  • We'll have a rational discussion about probing.
  • We'll have a rational discussion about software. Potential savings: $124k max, $25k-$50k typical.
  • We'll have a rational discussion about renting vs buying for your particular situation... and...
  • We'll talk with our partners in the ALL of the scope markets to see about getting you the best possible price.

How much can ScopeMatch impact a purchase? An example on ASA’s website illustrates a potential savings of over $200k on a high-end scope. While this may seem like a stretch, the most powerful real-time scope on the market costs about $160k. Probes, probe accessories, and software can approach $200k. Yet, it is entirely possible that many groups buy at this extreme level of capability without adequate consideration. An upcoming white paper from ASA analyzes how much scope you need for a given level of technology. When analyzed from a technical point of view, there is very little new work that can be addressed by the highest end scopes that is not equally well addressed by lesser instruments.

The way ScopeMatch might influence a purchase will start by looking at the engineers current and future needs from a credible, technical point of view. This first step might illustrate that a lower power, less expensive instrument might serve their needs equally well. The same conversation might also reveal a need for less probing than they might have otherwise planned. And by tying ScopeMatch to ASA’s Cirrus Program (think absolutely free software that does vastly more than what you can get from the manufacturer), significant software savings can also be revealed. Once it is determeined what they really need, ASA will take everything that was learned about their work and their preferences and contact our partners at:

  • The scope companies
  • The secondary and refurb markets
  • The rental markets if appropriate

U.S. Availability and Pricing

The ScopeMatch service is currently available at a $495.00 price point for scopes purchases below 6GHz, and $995.00 for scope purchases greater than or equal to 6GHz. Customers can inquire about the service on the ASA website or by calling ASA directly.

www.amherst-systems.com/scope-match.htm

For further information about M1-OT, 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 http://www.amherst-systems.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 http://www.amherst-systems.com/onlinestore.htm.

About ASA Corp.

ASA Corp. is an engineering/technology company focussed squarely on clock & timing engineering, and related measurement science. As an innovator and a leader in this field for the past 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 defacto standard for how high-precision timing is measured. The M1 family of timing and jitter analysis 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 instruments of all of the major manufacturers. By combining unique know-how and experience with industry leading measurement products, ASA is in a unique position to deliver significant, genuine value to it’s hundreds of clients and partners worldwide.


Press Contact:

Richard Pavia
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+1-413-596-9686 fax
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