What was the scope of their involvement?
They helped develop applications and did testing in C programming language. We also used tools from the industry like TestComplete, which is a testing automation environment. We purchased it, studied it, had training sessions about it, and then started to use it to test our product. This is something we trained them to do during the process.
This project was for a chip that we develop for laptops. Each laptop includes a chip called an embedded controller. It runs a lot of functionality that is crucial for a laptop, including booting up, charging the battery without overcharging, controlling the keyboard, mouse, etc. We developed the firmware that is running on this device. In order for it to connect to the laptop itself, we developed a few tools and drivers that are running on the laptop and communicating with our device. We asked ASAL to develop and test a part of those tools. We had one resource, an experienced engineer and team lead, who managed other projects and coordinated the work with us.
How did you come to work with ASAL Technologies?
We asked them to send us CVs for their best employees. They sent us the CVs along with their grades and we selected 8-10 people. We met together for a one-day interview. Each candidate passed a few interviews by our engineers, including a written test. Then we evaluated all the options and selected a few engineers. Then they started to work on a pilot project. We started by giving them training and the infrastructure of the equipment that’s needed, including the software and testing tools.
How much have you invested with ASAL Technologies?
I don’t know any numbers. Besides the project that I managed with ASAL, which was around software and software testing, the department that developed the chip also worked with ASAL. Both teams are using ASAL, so there are more engineers with us than just what I use.
What is the status of this engagement?
We started working with them in 2010, and the work is ongoing.