The design and manufacturing of products such as laptops, tablets, etc. often starts with a design firm producing a reference design that is subsequently modified by different manufacturers prior to shipping the product under their own labels. Testing the reference design is no guarantee that a shipped-out design is reliable due to the possibility of substantial differences between the reference design and the shipped-out design. This disclosure describes a single embedded device, a reconfigurable reference board with many different components connected to it, that can be used to configure different (shipped-out) platforms. The reference board enables rapid validation of a large number of variations of a given reference design, including the rapid test and integration of newly introduced components. The time-to-market, lab-space, investment in test-and-measurement equipment, engineering resources, etc. required for test and validation are thus substantially reduced.

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