TRI Integrates ASSET's ScanWorks Boundary-scan Technology into its Test Systems

Combining JTAG with ICT test systems delivers higher test coverage and reduces time-to-test

Richardson, Texas, and Taiwan, Taipei (April 17, 2008) – ASSET InterTech, Inc., (, the leading provider of boundary-scan (JTAG/IEEE 1149.1) systems for test, in-system programming (ISP) and embedded instrumentation applications such as design validation, test and debug, and Test Research, Inc. (TRI), a major provider of circuit board test and inspection equipment, have reached an agreement whereby ASSETs ScanWorks technology will be integrated into TRIs in-circuit test (ICT) systems.

Integrating ScanWorks into TRIs test platforms reduces test costs for equipment manufacturers because boundary-scan tests can be re-used throughout every phase of a products life cycle. For example, ScanWorks tests developed during design for design validation and prototype debug are portable and can be easily migrated to high-volume manufacturing test platforms such as TRIs ICT systems. No additional investment in test development is needed.

"TRI has earned its reputation by providing manufacturers with maximum test coverage. Today, we are finding that physical access for test probes is disappearing and our customers are turning to non-intrusive test technologies like boundary scan,” said Paul Lin, vice president at TRI--ShenZhen. “It is strategically critical for TRI to ally ourselves with the best-in-class JTAG solution and thats what led us to ASSET.”

Under the terms of the extended agreement, ASSET will be the preferred supplier of boundary scan systems and related intellectual property to TRI and its customers.

"ASSETs and TRIs technologies and business models are very complementary," said Alan Sguigna, ASSET's vice president of sales and marketing. "TRI has established a leadership position with its technologically-advanced, cost-effective test systems. As a result of this agreement, manufacturers will be able to globally deploy solutions from both ASSET and TRI, and the cost savings from test re-use alone will be quite substantial.”

About TRI

TRI designs, manufactures and markets precision test equipment for the worlds leading electronics manufacturing service (EMS) companies. The companys products include automated optical inspection (AOI), automated x-ray inspection (AXI), in-circuit testers (ICT), circuit board testers, solder-paste inspection, manufacturing defects analyzers (MDA), and integrated circuit testers. Established in 1989, TRI is an ISO9000 certified company publicly listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. The company can be contacted at, or visit

About ASSET InterTech

ASSET InterTech, Inc. develops, markets, sells, and supports electronic test systems and services which utilize the embedded capabilities of the boundary-scan test standard (JTAG or IEEE 1149.1) or a CPUs debug port. In addition to quickly and easily testing semiconductors, circuit boards and entire systems, ASSETs ScanWorks system can access embedded instrumentation, such as Intels Interconnect Built in Self Test (IBIST) technology, to control advanced high-speed design validation routines like signal integrity analysis, bit error ratio testing (BERT), pattern generation testing and others. ASSETs MicroMaster provides functional test and hardware diagnostic capabilities based on CPU emulation. ASSET InterTech is located outside of Dallas, TX, at 2201 North Central Expressway, Suite 105, Richardson, TX 75080. For product information, visit the companys web site at