New ASSET white paper outlines non-intrusive software tools for fast prototype board bring-up

Bringing up prototype circuit boards is a tipping point in the product development cycle. Unfortunately, it too often becomes a tripping point. Boards that won't come up derail the project, delaying launch and generating staggering opportunity costs. The legacy technologies that have been employed for board bring-up have their limitations. They rely on physically probing the board while probe access is disappearing or expensive fixtures. Now many engineers are turning to software-based non-intrusive embedded instruments to perform tests, to gather validation data and to diagnose any hardware faults that may be present on a circuit board. And these tools can be employed before operating firmware or software have been loaded onto the board.

Diagnostic coverage from boundary, processor-controlled test and high-speed I/O test is comprehensive.
Diagnostic coverage from boundary, processor-controlled test and high-speed I/O test is comprehensive.

Richardson, TX (Jan. 24, 2012) – A new white paper from ASSET® InterTech (www.asset-intertech.com), the leading supplier of tools for embedded instrumentation, details how non-intrusive software tools can bring up prototype circuit boards faster than legacy hardware-oriented tools like oscilloscopes and logic analyzers.

“Bringing up prototype circuit boards is often the tipping point in the product development cycle,” explained the author of the white paper, Alan Sguigna, ASSET’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Unfortunately, prototype bring-up too often becomes a tripping point in the process. Boards that won’t come up can derail a development project, delaying the product launch indefinitely. Board bring-up must verify the functionality of the hardware so that application software can be loaded and debugged. Without a known-good-board, diagnosing software bugs is impossible. Furthermore, the tools described in the white paper do not depend on the board’s operating firmware. Removing this from the critical path is huge for fast board bring-up.”

The white paper first reviews best practices for board bring-up and then describes the benefits of integrating non-intrusive tools based on embedded instruments into an organization’s board bring-up framework. A methodical, software-driven test, diagnostic and debug strategy can deliver comprehensive test coverage for prototypes that must be brought up quickly.

The white paper is entitled “Non-Intrusive Board Bring-Up: Software Tools Ensure Fast Prototype Bring-Up”.

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About ASSET InterTech

ASSET InterTech is the leading supplier of tools for embedded instrumentation for design validation, test and debug. ASSET’s 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. ASSET InterTech is located at 2201 North Central Expressway, Suite 105, Richardson, TX 75080.

For product information, call 888-694-6250, fax 972-437-2826, e-mail ai-info@asset-intertech.com or visit www.asset-intertech.com.