July 2, 2008

XJTAG Appoints Parallel Systems As UK Distributor to Target EDA Channel

XJTAG (www.xjtag.com), a leading supplier of IEEE Std. 1149.x JTAG-compliant boundary scan development systems, has appointed Cadence(R) Channel Partner, Parallel Systems (www.parallel-systems.co.uk), as a distributor to sell its developer-friendly XJTAG system into the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) channel in the UK and Ireland.

Parallel Systems will be selling the XJTAG system into its established base of printed circuit board (PCB) system houses and silicon developers, particularly targeting designers using high pin count digital devices in their products and those developing mixed signal designs.

The XJTAG system is a solution for debugging, testing and programming complex ball grid array (BGA) populated printed circuit boards (PCBs) and systems throughout the product lifecycle. It complements Parallel Systems' portfolio of design systems as it can be used in tandem with EDA products to further reduce the cost and shorten the development cycle of electronic products.

Simon Payne, CEO of XJTAG, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Parallel Systems, an established EDA solutions supplier, as it will enable us to get the XJTAG system in front of the EDA community. Through Parallel Systems, developers will get to see the significant benefits of using the XJTAG system right at the very beginning of the design process to improve their designs, reduce re-spins and maximise test coverage."

David Blunt, managing director at Parallel Systems, said: "XJTAG is an extremely powerful system and the only boundary scan tool that we are aware of that is focused on the developer. We are already seeing considerable interest in XJTAG from customers that use our software and hardware, methodologies, and services to design and verify advanced semiconductors, consumer electronics, networking and telecoms equipment, and computer systems."

"Design engineers need to realise that XJTAG is not just for manufacturing test, it's a powerful solution for testing and debugging designs in development," added John Barnard, business manager at Parallel Systems. "Using XJTAG's design-for-test guidelines and analysis utilities, developers can refine their designs and achieve superior test coverage as the design moves into prototyping, manufacturing, and service."

The XJTAG development system enables engineers to test a high proportion of the circuit (both JTAG and non-JTAG/cluster devices) including BGA and chip scale packages, such as SDRAMs, Ethernet controllers, video interfaces, Flash memories, FPGAs and microprocessors. XJTAG also enables In-System Programming of FPGAs, CPLDs and Flash memories, includes an ever growing library of device-centric test scripts, and provides support for Xilinx's Virtex-5 FPGA System Monitor.

For more information please contact XJTAG, The Irwin Centre, Scotland Road, Dry Drayton, Cambridge CB23 8AR, UK. Telephone +44 (0) 1954 213888, fax +44 (0) 1954 211565 or email [email protected] Alternatively, visit www.xjtag.com.

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