ASA Corp. Announces Version 6 of M1 OT with Isolated Sub-Population Analysis

ASA today announced Version 6 of their award-winning M1 Oscilloscope Tools software family. The centerpiece of V6 is a unique way of analyzing anomalous behavior in a waveform. Dubbed “Isolated Sub-Population Analysis” or ISPA, this new capability allows oscilloscope users to better understand and debug important signal behaviors.

Amherst, MA USA…. July 22, 2008


Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) is proud to announce the release of Version 6 of their M1 Oscilloscope Tools software family. The centerpiece of this new release is a unique patent-pending technology called “Isolated Sub-Population Analysis,” or ISPA.

ISPA enables the user to better understand two significant classes of signal behaviors... those which repeat, and those which can be associated with events or behaviors on other signals. ISPA provides the critical "back end" of the process to take anomalies discovered by M1’s award-winning Hidden Anomaly Location (HAL) technology, as well as other event-isolating capabilities of M1 OT, and determine what their root causes are. ISPA creates an analysis population that is comprised only of the events of interest.... none of the ‘normal’ events that comprise the majority of the waveform are present in the isolated sub-population (ISP). The ISP can then be explored and analyzed separately using M1's industry-leading collection of existing debug tools.

“Imagine a forest comprised primarily of oak, pine & maple trees,” Mike Williams, President of ASA and Chief Designer of M1 OT, said. “Assume that scattered about that forest are several small groups of birch trees that you want to study... you want to know things like how many birches are in there, how far apart they are, what size clusters they form, etc. This is literally a case of the forest preventing you from seeing the trees. if you had a tool that allowed you to see through the part of the forest you don't care about and only see, measure, analyze, etc the birches, the job would be a lot easier and therefore faster. Philosophically, Version 6 of M1 OT is a collection of tools that let you see, explore and analyze just the birches."

The initial ISPA capabilities included in v6.00 will be followed later this summer by significant additional capabilities. These will include both new ways to specify a subpopulation for analysis and new ways to view those subpopulations in context. In addition, HAL development will continue in parallel, providing new anomaly types that M1 OT will be able to automatically detect and extract for further analysis using ISPA.

U.S. Availability and Pricing

Version 6.00 of M1 OT will be available in late July 2008. Existing M1 users with an active Software Subscription are eligible to install this upgrade at no additional charge. 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.

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.


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ASA Corp. Adds Powerful, Unique New Waveform Decode Functionality to M1 OT

ASA today announced the release of unique new serial decode tools for their M1 Oscilloscope Tools software family that enables faster and easier decode and debug on Tektronix, Agilent, LeCroy or Yokogawa oscilloscopes.

Amherst, MA USA…. July 1, 2008

Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today announced the release of M1-OT v5.02, which includes powerful new waveform decode functionality and multi-margin capability for Eye Masks, among other changes.  This is a free upgrade for any M1 user with an active Software Subscription.

When you're trying to get to the bottom of a problem in your encoded waveform, being able to see when things happen... what values are present or not present... how often certain values or groups of values come up, can provide important insights into rapidly drilling down to the source of the problem. M1-OT v5.02 has several unique new views to do this, which include viewing your encoded waveform fields (address, data, control when appropriate) versus time (i.e. see when that value/values occur) as well as viewing how the range of values distribute in a histogram.

Another useful new exploratory mode occurs when searching for values of a field (e.g. frame starts, data values, addresses, R/W, etc.). Decode Search in M1 allows you to search on individual or multiple values, for example, multiple address values for I2C or multiple PID valus in a LIN waveform... you can move from one specific event to another and M1 will keep the decode-timing view synched with the M1 ScopeView as well as any other vs-time views. This will allow you to rapidly associate potentially pathological waveform features by their proximity to the event. These unique insights can be the difference in rapidly finding the root cause of a problem vs lingering on it for days.

M1’s new Decode functionality provides customers a common Decode and Debug process independent from specific manufacturer oscilloscope software from Tektronix, Agilent, and LeCroy. ASA’s M1 Oscilloscope Tools can deliver a more cost-effective option to all scope users, as well as the only product in the marketplace that can provide correlated results because engineers can now use an analysis engine that is identical no matter whose scope they are using. Further organizational efficiencies are contributed by other commonalities such as a common data format, a common interface, and a common automation standard.

U.S. Availability and Pricing

M1-OT v5.02 will be available on July 7, 2008. M1-OT employs "scalable pricing", where the actual price level is determined by the scope with which you will use 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.

A photo 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.amherst-systems.com/onlinestore.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 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. Adds No-Cost Fully Buffered DIMM Compliance Test For M1-OT

ASA today announced the publication of a no-cost test script for their M1 Oscilloscope Tools software family that enables FB-DIMM compliance testing on Tektronix, Agilent, LeCroy or Yokogawa oscilloscopes.

Amherst, MA USA…. June 12, 2008

Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today announced the release of a TestScript for the Fully Buffered DIMM specification (JEDEC Standard 8-18) for their M1-OT product family. The TestScript is available to any M1-OT customers for immediate download from the ASA web site at http://www.M1OT.com/testscripts.htm

The FB-DIMM TestScript will test for compliance of the regular and “clean” reference clocks per the specification, as well as the PLL. It will also test the receiver input and the transmitter output for compliance to the JEDEC 8-18 standard. These tests are backed by M1 OT’s powerful analysis engine, including SEEj RjDj decomposition. Coupled with efficient and easy reporting, this provides a strong automated solution for your FB-DIMM testing needs.

ASA President Mike Williams noted “When I checked in with my sales team on Monday morning, they noted that a customer had inquired whether we had a TestScript for FB-DIMM or not. We didn’t, so I grabbed one of my engineers and told him to fix that. Thanks to M1’s rapid automation capability, he was able to put that together with just a few hours of effort.”

Williams added, "While clicking an FB-DIMM script together isn't really the level of inventive contribution we brag about after work.. the rapid automation capability we've built into M1 is. Our automation approach.. ScriptBuilder... allows any customer to do this kind of thing quickly themselves inside of M1. They can have the test or the automation the same day they decide they want it. It eliminates the bottleneck created by relying on the scope companies to do this. I'm guessing there are already M1 customers out there that have created their own FB-DIMM script in M1, since it's pretty much read-and-click from the spec. The automation abilities in M1 provide an open solutions architecture for compliance test users and authors that puts the power to rapidly prototype and share any series of measurements they might need to make. And if M1 doesn't have one of the measurements already onboard... very, very unlikely by the way... you just create that in M1's MeasurementBuilder and you're off to the races."

M1’s FB-DIMM TestScript now provides customers a common testing process independent from specific manufacturer oscilloscope tests from Tektronix, Agilent, and LeCroy. ASA’s M1 Oscilloscope Tools can deliver a more cost-effective option to all scope users, as well as the only product in the marketplace that can provide correlated results because engineers can now use an analysis engine that is identical no matter whose scope they are using. Further organizational efficiencies are contributed by other commonalities such as a common data format, a common interface, and a common automation standard.

U.S. Availability and Pricing

The FB-DIMM TestScript is available for immediate no-cost download to any M1 Oscilloscope Tools user from www.M1OT.com/testscripts.htm.

M1-OT is available now. M1-OT employs "scalable pricing", where the actual price level is determined by the scope with which you will use 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.

A photo 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.amherst-systems.com/onlinestore.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 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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No-Cost DisplayPort Compliance Test Available For M1-OT Customers

ASA today announced the publication of a no-cost test script for their M1 Oscilloscope Tools software family that enables DisplayPort compliance testing on Tektronix, Agilent, LeCroy or Yokogawa oscilloscopes.

Amherst, MA USA…. March 20, 2008

Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today announced the release of a test script for the DisplayPort compliance spec for their M1-OT product family. The TestScript is available to any M1-OT customers for immediate download from the ASA-maintained web site www.ScopeApplications.com. ASA’s test script joins Agilent Technologies’ offering, which was released in late 2007.

The most important aspect of M1's DisplayPort TestScript is that now customers that use non-Agilent oscilloscopes like Tektronix, LeCroy and Yokogawa scopes, as well as customers that use Agilent scopes that Agilent's DisplayPort test doesn't support, can all begin DisplayPort testing today, and that Agilent-scope users now have a more cost-effective option as well. A second critical benefit delivered by the M1 product is correlation because engineers can now use an analysis engine that is identical no matter whose scope they are using. Manufacturer-to-manufacturer variation that you see among the products from the scope companies is eliminated by the use of M1's common "analysis engine". Further organizational efficiencies are contributed by still other commonalities such as a common data format, a common interface, and a common automation standard.

While comparing M1's solution with Agilent's, ASA President Mike Williams noted "Agilent’s DisplayPort software costs almost $6000, and DisplayPort testing is all it can do. If you add up the costs of everything you need to get into M1, it varies from $1k to $8k in round numbers depending on your scope – and M1 does a lot more than just one test. Interestingly, since this applies to the version of M1 we make for Agilent (E2690B, Agilent M1 Oscilloscope Tools), it means that Agilent now has two DisplayPort compliance test solutions they can offer their customers at two very different price points. I think it would be a valuable exercise for the customer to look carefully at all of the other things they get with M1 for a lot less money."

With regard to M1OT's automation capabilities, Williams noted, "On December 5, one of our engineers discovered that Agilent had published a DDR3 compliance test in late August. After a couple of emails went around asking if we already had it or not.. and we didn't.. my Chief Engineer Tom Zych clicked it together in M1's ScriptBuilder the next morning in about an hour before he began his actual work day."

Williams went on to state, "While clicking a DisplayPort script together isn't really the level of inventive contribution we brag about after work.. the rapid automation capability we've built into M1 is. Our automation approach.. ScriptBuilder... allows any customer to do this kind of thing quickly themselves inside of M1. They can have the test or the automation the same hour they decide they want it. It eliminates the bottleneck created by relying on the scope companies to do this. I'm guessing there are already M1 customers out there that have created their own DisplayPort script in M1, since it's pretty much read-and-click from the spec. The automation abilities in M1 provide an open solutions architecture for compliance test users and authors that puts the power to rapidly prototype and share any series of measurements they might need to make. And if M1 doesn't have one of the measurements already onboard... very, very unlikely by the way... you just create that in M1's MeasurementBuilder and you're off to the races." For additional information on M1’s open solutions architecture, please visit www.amherst-systems.com/organization-level-benefits.htm.

U.S. Availability and Pricing

The DiplayPort TestScript is available for immediate no-cost download to any M1 Oscilloscope Tools user from www.ScopeApplications.com.

M1-OT is available now. M1-OT employs "scalable pricing", where the actual price level is determined by the scope with which you will use 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.

A photo of M1™ can be found at 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 www.amherst-systems.com/onlinestore.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 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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No-Cost DDR3 Compliance Test Available For M1-OT Customers

ASA today announced the publication of a no-cost test script for their M1 Oscilloscope Tools software family that enables DDR3 compliance testing on Tektronix, Agilent, LeCroy or Yokogawa oscilloscopes.

Amherst, MA USA…. January 10, 2008

Amherst Systems Associates Inc (ASA Corp.) today announced the release of a test script for the DDR3 compliance spec for their M1-OT product family. The TestScript is available to any M1-OT customers for immediate download from the ASA-maintained web site www.ScopeApplications.com. DDR3 has been available from ASA since December 6, 2007, joining Agilent Technologies’ offering, which was released in August 2007.

The most important aspect of M1's DDR3 TestScript is that now customers that use non-Agilent oscilloscopes like Tektronix, LeCroy and Yokogawa scopes, as well as customers that use Agilent scopes that Agilent's new DDR3 test doesn't support, can all begin DDR3 testing today, and that Agilent-scope users now have a more cost-effective option as well. A second critical benefit delivered by the M1 product is correlation because engineers can now use an analysis engine that is identical no matter whose scope they are using. Manufacturer-to-manufacturer variation that you see among the products from the scope companies is eliminated by the use of M1's common "analysis engine". Further organizational efficiencies are contributed by still other commonalities such as a common data format, a common interface, and a common automation standard.

While comparing M1's solution with Agilent's, ASA President Mike Williams noted "We gave them a little good-natured ribbing about forgetting who was first last year on DDR2 (you can read about that at www.amherstsystems. com/newsletter/asa-news-12-18-06.htm if you’re interested), but full credit and sincere congratulations to the Agilent guys for getting there first on DDR3. One point to note.. if you add the costs of everything you need to run their DDR3 up, it comes out to about $16k in round numbers. If you add up the costs of everything you need to get into M1, it varies from $1k to $8k in round numbers depending on your scope. Interestingly, since this applies to the version of M1 we make for Agilent (E2690B, Agilent M1 Oscilloscope Tools), it means that Agilent now has two DDR3 compliance test solutions they can offer their customers at two very different price points. I think it would be a valuable exercise for the customer to look carefully at all of the other things they get with M1 for a lot less money."

With regard to M1OT's automation capabilities, Williams noted, "On December 5, one of our engineers discovered that Agilent had published a DDR3 compliance test in late August. After a couple of emails went around asking if we already had it or not.. and we didn't.. my Chief Engineer Tom Zych clicked it together in M1's ScriptBuilder the next morning in about an hour before he began his actual work day."

He went on to state, "While clicking a DDR3 script together isn't really the level of inventive contribution we brag about after work.. the rapid automation capability we've built into M1 is. Our automation approach.. ScriptBuilder... allows any customer to do this kind of thing quickly themselves inside of M1. They can have the test or the automation the same hour they decide they want it. It eliminates the bottleneck created by relying on the scope companies to do this. I'm guessing there are already M1 customers out there that have created their own DDR3 script in M1, since it's pretty much read-andclick from the spec. The automation abilities in M1 provide an open solutions architecture for compliance test users and authors that puts the power to rapidly prototype and share any series of measurements they might need to make. And if M1 doesn't have one of the measurements already onboard... very, very unlikely by the way... you just create that in M1's MeasurementBuilder and you're off to the races." For additional information on M1’s open solutions architecture, please visit www.amherst-systems.com/organization-level-benefits.htm.

For a further comparison of DDR3 compliance tools, please visit www.amherst-systems.com/ddr3.htm

U.S. Availability and Pricing

The DDR3 TestScript is available for immediate no-cost download to any M1 Oscilloscope Tools user from www.ScopeApplications.com.

M1-OT is available now. M1-OT employs "scalable pricing", where the actual price level is determined by the scope with which you will use 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.

A photo of M1™ can be found at 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 www.amherst-systems.com/onlinestore.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 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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