A common test platform (CTP), also called an open test standard (OTS), is a set of specifications defining test methods for diverse components of computer and electronic systems to be marketed as complete products. The intent of a CTP is to ensure consistency in hardware and software test procedures from the conceptual and design phases through manufacture and distribution.
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Computers, computer peripherals and electronic systems often contain complex devices, circuits, programs and interfaces. These must all work together in a variety of applications and conditions. A CTP can be part of an overall quality assurance program. A common standard can reduce the cost of test equipment, optimize the use of available test equipment, increase production efficiency and minimize training costs.