Industry Leaders Test Uniform Device Driver Interface Implementations; Testing Validates UDI 1.0 Specification
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 25, 2000--Project UDI today announced the start of the first Uniform Driver Interface (UDI) Interoperability Testing event for products based on the UDI 1.0 specification. This Interoperability Testing is sponsored by Project UDI to validate and enable the broad adoption of UDI technology throughout the industry.
Sometimes known as a Plugfest, this week-long event will allow multiple vendors to test their UDI-based products in conjunction with all other vendors to verify and insure the multi-vendor compatibility of the UDI implementation. Individual systems vendors and IHV's may participate in the open Interoperability testing to insure that this goal has been reached and that customers may rely on UDI to provide truly Universal driver support.
The UDI Specification is designed to provide device driver portability for existing and future system configurations. By developing to a single device driver interface, companies can realize significant savings in device driver development and testing costs. It also helps speed time-to-market of new devices, and allows manufacturers to allocate development resources on improving device performance, features, functionality, and quality.
UDI supports today's key I/O technologies and is designed with an extensible architecture that can easily accommodate future I/O technologies and products. The UDI 1.0 Specification is available from www.projectudi.org/.
Project UDI is a multi-company open development group dedicated to developing standardized device driver interfaces for the computer I/O technologies of today and tomorrow. More information on Project UDI, may be found at: www.project-udi.org/ or by contacting one of the member companies listed below. Project UDI is also sponsoring development of prototype code which will be made available to the public to facilitate widespread adoption of this technology.
More information: www.project-udi.org/. Press Contacts: Adaptec (Nasdaq: ADPT) - Eric Brown, 408/957-1758 Compaq (NYSE: CPQ) - Dick Calandrella, 508/467-2261 Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) - Danielle Epstein, 408/447-5982 IBM (NYSE: IBM) - Jennifer Kinsmann, 914/766-3369 Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) - Otto Pijpker, 503/712-1520 Interphase Corp. (Nasdaq: INPH) - Michael Eckley, 214/654-5325 Lockheed Martin NE&SS-Syracuse (NYSE: LMT) - Ellen Mitchell, 315/456-3296 SBS Technologies, Conn. Prod. (Nasdaq: SBSE) - Leslie Richey, 651/905-4717 SCO (Nasdaq: SCOC) - Brian Ziel, 831/427-7252 Software Technologies Group www.stg.com - Robert Schuricht, 708/547-0110 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) - Mike Shuster, 650/786-9037
§ "Compaq has always been a strong supporter of open standards,
like Project UDI, and looks forward to continued progress in this
important standard for our customers and partners."
§ "As an active proponent of open standards, HP is pleased to
participate in the Project UDI initiative. HP expects that
interoperability events like Plugfest will bolster industry awareness
and adoption of UDI, facilitating robust, portable, and quicker
time-to-market solutions," Radhika Krishnan, IHV program manager at
HP's System Interconnect Solutions Lab.
§ "IBM's participation in the UDI Plugfest reinforces its
commitment to the development of open standards and its focus on
delivering more robust solutions to customers," said Tilak Agerwala,
vice president UNIX marketing and product management, IBM Corporation.
"The UDI specification will help provide device driver portability for
new devices while reducing development and testing costs for
manufacturers. Project UDI also allows world class OS vendors, like
IBM, to offer rapid support for a wealth of devices on their
platforms. As a strong supporter of open standards, IBM has actively
contributed to the development of the UDI specification through its
vast expertise in the area of I/O technologies."
§ "Interphase is a strong proponent of the UDI specification as
evidenced by our active involvement with Project UDI. Interphase
believes the industry's adoption of the UDI architecture will lead to
more robust and feature-enhanced communications products for the user
community with a faster time to market."
Software Technologies Group, Inc.:
§ "Many of our customer's products require extensive low level
software drivers and the efforts required to maintain a family of
products across just multiple releases of a single vendor's operating
system can be significant to say nothing of the effort of maintaining
products across multiple operating systems -- UDI is a big win in
terms of time and effort to build these products as well as greatly
reduced support efforts; we're behind UDI all the way," Chris Herzog,
President, Software Technologies Group, Inc. (www.stg.com)