August 19, 2008

ASSET’s ScanWorks(R) Supports On-Chip Evaluation of Avago Technologies’ ASICs

ASSET(R) InterTech ( today announced that it has reached an agreement under which ScanWorks, the company's platform for open embedded instrumentation tools, will support Avago Technologies' embedded instrumentation technology for select applications-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). ASSET is the leading supplier of open tools for embedded instrumentation.

Avago's Intel(R) Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) SerDes (serializer/deserializer) core is compliant with Intel's Interconnect Built In Self Test (IBIST) and is suitable for ASICs in high-performance server applications. ASSET's ScanWorks is the only commercial tool platform that will automate, access and analyze data generated by Intel IBIST technology.

Initially, ScanWorks will support Avago ASICs featuring SerDes that are compatible with Intel QPI. With this recent arrangement, customers will be able to rapidly access both the Intel chipset and the Avago SerDes with a single tool, ScanWorks.

"We believe that Avago's customers will benefit from the ability to use ScanWorks when developing their products," said Tim Caffee, vice president, I/O instrumentation, for ASSET. "We also expect that other semiconductor companies will deploy Intel IBIST, and we will be well positioned to support them as well."

Pricing and Availability

ScanWorks support for Avago ASICs that feature Intel QPI SerDes will be available as an add-on module to ScanWorks during the fourth quarter of 2008 at a price of $8,250.00.

ScanWorks(R) - 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 utilizing JTAG access to the development of open embedded instrumentation tools. In recent years, ASSET has significantly enhanced its ScanWorks(R) platform with embedded instrumentation capabilities such as CPU-emulation functional test, signal integrity analysis utilizing embedded Intel(R) IBIST (Interconnect Built In Self Test) technology and others.

ASSET InterTech - Driving Embedded Instrumentation

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 true 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.

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