FRONTLINE DEBUTS CUSTOM PROTOCOL DECODING CAPABILITY.Frontline Test Equipment, Inc., Charlottesville. Va., a leader in portable, affordable PC-based Datacom test equipment, has introduced the FTS FTS
facteur thymique sérique. (Frontline Test System) ProDecoder Framework for the development of custom decoders for data communication protocols. The ProDecoder Framework will allow protocol troubleshooters to decode their custom protocols, saving valuable time when analyzing proprietary protocols.
FTS ProDecoder can be used with Frontline's protocol analyzers Serialtest(R) (serial data analyzer) and Ethertest(R) (Ethernet LAN analyzer See network analyzer. ). It can also be used with files captured by other protocol analyzers or any data capture product that supports industry standard file formats (i.e. Snoop).
No special tools are required to use the FTS ProDecoder Framework, all you need is a standard text editor such as Notepad The text editor that comes with Windows. It is a very elementary utility, but gets the job done most of the time. See text editor and WordPad.
(text, tool) Notepad - The very basic text editor supplied with Microsoft Windows. . The ProDecoder Framework Tool Kit includes a set of sample decoders, supporting DLLs, and user documentation. Either you can write the decoder yourself or you can contract with Frontline to have their custom decode service write the decoder for you.
You can develop decodes for public use or encrypted for private use. If you have a protocol that is very proprietary, you can purchase an advanced version of ProDecoder that supports encryption and complex protocols.
"The FTS ProDecoder takes protocol decoding to a new level, making it quite easy to decode proprietary protocols," states Eric Kaplan
Eric Kaplan is an American television writer, producer, and story editor. His work has included such shows as The Late Show with David Letterman, , president of Frontline. "Now any protocol troubleshooter that owns a protocol analyzer or data capture device, not just our Frontline products, can write custom protocol decoders and save valuable time analyzing their data."
Markets Served by FTS ProDecoder Framework:
Anyone troubleshooting proprietary protocols will find the FTS ProDecoder useful. Markets typically served by FTS ProDecoder are:
-- Software developers that debug To correct a problem in hardware or software. Debugging software means locating the errors in the source code (the program logic). Debugging hardware means finding errors in the circuit design (logical circuits) or in the physical interconnections of the circuits. their data communications data communications, application of telecommunications technology to the problem of transmitting data, especially to, from, or between computers. In popular usage, it is said that data communications make it possible for one computer to "talk" with another. software;
-- Network troubleshooters that analyze proprietary protocols;
-- Wireless Radio Networks used by police and fire agencies use proprietary protocols;
-- Industrial Automation and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for controlling robotics and sensors all use proprietary protocols;
-- Utility companies use proprietary protocols when communicating with their Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) for measuring energy usage and levels;
-- Other non-computer equipment manufacturers utilize proprietary protocols with their equipment, including ATM machines, gas pumps, Point of Sale (POS (1) See point of sale and packet over SONET.
(2) "Parent over shoulder." See digispeak.
POS - point of sale ) Systems, and credit card processing to name a few.
Pricing and Availability
The FTS ProDecoder Tool Kit is free; purchase as many FTS ProDecoder Viewers as you require. Viewers can be purchased as add-ons to Frontline's Serialtest and Ethertest products or stand-alone to be used with 3rd party protocol analyzers and data capture software. FTS ProDecoder Viewers cost as little as $300.00, contact Frontline for pricing.
FTS ProDecoder will be available for shipment on March 1, 2000.
More About Frontline Test System (FTS) Software
FTS is the software that is used for all the Frontline 32-bit data communication testing tools. Its modular design allows the same graphical user interface graphical user interface (GUI)
Computer display format that allows the user to select commands, call up files, start programs, and do other routine tasks by using a mouse to point to pictorial symbols (icons) or lists of menu choices on the screen as opposed to having to (GUI (Graphical User Interface) A graphics-based user interface that incorporates movable windows, icons and a mouse. The ability to resize application windows and change style and size of fonts are the significant advantages of a GUI vs. a character-based interface. ), protocol decodes, and data processing engine to be used across all FTS products. Currently available are: Serialtest Async and Serialtest Spy for Windows 95/98/NT (async serial data and protocol analyzers), Serialtest ComProbe(R) for Win 95/98/NT (a sync and async serial data and protocol analyzer), and SerialBERT(R) for Windows 95/98/NT (Bit Error Rate Tester.) We plan to release Ethertest(R) (Ethernet LAN analyzer) in the second quarter, 2000. When Ethertest is released, the data communications troubleshooter will now only have to learn one user interface to do serial data analysis, Ethernet analysis, and Bit Error Rate Testing. There are no other PC-based, low cost products on the market that will afford the datacomm troubleshooter these capabilities.
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