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VICOM has announced the arca|Wavemaker Bluetooth profile simulator from arca technologies, a developer of test, analysis and network simulation equipment for Bluetooth, DSL, ISDN, PSTN and frame relay.

The latest addition to its range of Bluetooth test tools, the arca|Wavemaker Bluetooth profile simulator incorporates software from Mezoe, the Cambridge UK based wireless products business of Cambridge Consultants Limited (CCL).

The arca|Wavemaker simulates the behaviour of an active Bluetooth device allowing test technicians and developers to generate, test and analyse Bluetooth traffic.

The combination of arca technologies' existing expertise in the area of Bluetooth testing and protocol analysis and Mezoe's respected software toolkits has produced a powerful test and debug tool with triple functionality: command generation, profile simulation and serial port protocol analysis.

Acting as the 'engine room' of the arca|Wavemaker, the Proto-Developer software enables the user to send and receive commands at any layer (HCI and upwards) of the Bluetooth protocol stack, allowing complete control over the device under test.

The macro facility enables developers to store, edit and replay test sequences at their convenience.

In addition to simulating a standard Bluetooth master or slave device within a piconet, the arca|Wavemaker is also capable of emulating the behaviour of a variety of profiles according to the Bluetooth specification.

Thus, developers can confidently verify the interaction between their Bluetooth device and others such as headset, cordless telephone and intercom, dial-up networking, object push, folder browsing, synchronisation, service discovery, fax client, serial port client, LAN access and hands free kit.

Debugging any problems encountered during development is made easy with the internal serial data analyser. Tapping into the serial/UART port, the arca|Wavemaker captures all data travelling between the host controller and the Bluetooth module under test and provides a detailed decode of HCI, L2CAP, RFCOMM, SDP, TCS, OBEX and BNEP protocols.

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