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CIMTEK TESTS MICROSOFT?S XBOX 360

BURLINGTON, Ont. ? Canadian expertise and Canadian technology are helping software and gaming giant Microsoft of Redmond, Wash. meet critical time to market deadlines while responding to the demands of testing a complex product ? the powerful Xbox 360.


Cimtek Inc. has worked with Microsoft to design and implement a test strategy and deliver a global ?performance? solution for the most recent release of the Xbox. Cimtek utilized a variety of its professional test skills, from design for testability to prototype services, to lower the cost of testing. Cimtek provided five different testers with centralized control and reporting. These testers have been implemented across the manufacturing process and are helping Microsoft meet its production deadlines of moving the Xbox to market for the Christmas season.
Got game: Cimtek CTO James Egan,  with console.Cimtek?s solution also incorporates Waterloo?s PEER Group, which served to enhance the .NET capability of the remote reporting from China to the U.S. ?This business relationship is an excellent example of the active role technology partners such as Cimtek play in developing a complex product such as Xbox 360,? said Leslie Leland, Xbox product qualification director for Microsoft. ?This project really points out the benefits of global partnerships between companies in the U.S., China and Canada ensuring that we meet our goals to reduce both time to market and total cost of ownership.?
 ?Canadian companies are leaders in developing partnerships that can work on a global basis,? said James Egan, Cimtek chief technology officer. ?Cimtek is one of those small Canadian companies that is creating jobs at home by bringing world-class, innovative technology and solutions to the international marketplace.?

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