ASSET's ScanWorks for Embedded Boundary Scan offers in-system JTAG test and diagnostics

Embedding ScanWorks in high-availability systems optimizes remote test application and programming

Richardson, TX (Jan. 20, 2009) – The new ScanWorks® for Embedded Boundary Scan from ASSET® InterTech (www.asset-intertech.com), the leading supplier of open tools for embedded instrumentation, can be easily embedded in high-availability systems where it can apply system-level JTAG (SJTAG) test, diagnostic and programming algorithms. Typically, the ScanWorks for Embedded Boundary Scan intellectual property (IP) will be embedded in systems where any ScanWorks functionality can be initiated locally or remotely to meet installation, commissioning and field service requirements.

ScanWorks for Embedded Boundary Scan executes routines that conform to the IEEE 1149.1 Boundary Scan (JTAG) standard and the IEEE 1149.6 standard for testing high-speed AC coupled differential interconnects on circuit boards.

“Historically, boundary scan has been implemented on the manufacturing floor to structurally test printed circuit boards via external testers,” said Alan Sguigna, vice president of sales and marketing for ASSET. “Some system designers, needing extremely high reliability, have undertaken costly internal development efforts to embed boundary scan in their hardware. Now, designers can deploy our embeddable ScanWorks IP as an off-the-shelf solution at much less cost than developing and maintaining their own.”

With ScanWorks for Embedded Boundary Scan, system providers can offer unparalleled control of operations, administration and maintenance of their systems installed in the field. High-availability, fault-tolerant systems, such as those in telecom, high-end computing and defense, can use ScanWorks for Embedded Boundary Scan to employ the JTAG infrastructure in their systems as a secondary maintenance bus for remote test, diagnostics and provisioning.

ASSET’s ScanWorks for Embedded Boundary Scan is the same IP found in ASSET’s industry-recognized Remote Instrumentation (RIC) Controller family, the first boundary-scan controllers to apply tests directly over the Internet.

Pricing and Availability

Available in first quarter 2009, pricing on the ScanWorks for Embedded Boundary Scan IP starts at $40,000.

ScanWorks® – The Embedded Instrumentation Platform

ASSET, through its ScanWorks platform, is applying the experience it has gained from two decades as a leading supplier of boundary-scan test tools to the development of open embedded instrumentation tools. The boundary-scan infrastructure that is embedded into chips and circuit boards is one of several technologies that can form the basis for an embedded instrumentation toolset. In recent years, ASSET has significantly enhanced its ScanWorks® platform with embedded instrumentation capabilities such as CPU-emulation functional test, signal integrity analysis utilizing embedded Intel® IBIST (Interconnect Built In Self Test) technology and others.

With its advanced automation, data acquisition and data analysis features, ScanWorks will continue as a leading platform for structural boundary-scan test. It has become the boundary-scan system of choice for practically all major communication and defense/avionics suppliers, including Cisco, Ericsson, Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent, Tellabs, Huawei, Raytheon, Rockwell, Lockheed Martin, BAE, ITT, Northrop Grumman, GE Aviation and others. In addition, ScanWorks’ adoption by companies like Microsoft for its Xbox 360 video game console and Delphi for its automotive electronics demonstrates that ScanWorks will continue its leadership as boundary scan proliferates in computers, set-top boxes, consumer electronics, industrial controls, automotive and other industries.

About ASSET InterTech

ASSET InterTech is a supplier of open tools for embedded instrumentation to engineers doing design validation, test and debug. The ScanWorks platform provides automation, access and analysis tools in one environment. Users can quickly and easily validate and test semiconductors, circuit boards or entire systems during every phase of a product's life, including design, manufacturing/repair and field maintenance. In addition, chips can be programmed in-system after they have been soldered to a circuit board. ASSET’s MicroMaster product line employs CPU emulation technology to perform extensive functional test and diagnostic routines on circuit boards and chips, and to program logic and memory devices in-system at high CPU speeds. ASSET InterTech is located outside of Dallas, TX, at 2201 North Central Expressway, Suite 105, Richardson, TX 75080.