ASSET joins Synopsys in-Sync program to advance embedded instrumentation tools

Richardson, TX (Oct. 28, 2008) – ASSET® (, the leading supplier of open tools for embedded instrumentation, has joined Synopsys’ in-Sync™ program for third-party suppliers of EDA-related products. Synopsys is a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design and manufacturing. This step marks a significant advance towards ASSET’s commitment to deliver technology for embedded instrumentation tools.

“ASSET’s access to the Synopsys Galaxy™ test solution will help ensure robust flows for mutual customers of our boundary scan capabilities and ASSET’s board-level testing and debugging solution,” said Gal Hasson, senior director of marketing at Synopsys. “As process geometries shrink and designs become more complex, customers will benefit from greater automation between our DFT MAX compression and ASSET’s ScanWorks® for the entire boundary-scan based testing flow.”

Synopsys will supply ASSET engineers with products to synthesize and verify chip-level DFT-related structures. ASSET will verify interoperability between ASSET’s ScanWorks embedded instrumentation platform and Synopsys’ TetraMAX® Automatic Test Pattern Generator (ATPG), TetraMAX DSMTest, DFT MAX compression, BSD Compiler boundary scan, and VCS® MX mixed Verilog and VHDL simulator.

“As the need for embedded instrumentation becomes more acute in the industry, it is incumbent upon us to support and interoperate with those tools that chip designers are using to insert this instrumentation,” said Alan Sguigna, vice president of sales and marketing for ASSET. “Then chip and circuit board designers, manufacturing engineers and even field service personnel will be able to use ScanWorks to access, automate and analyze embedded instrumentation throughout a system’s entire lifecycle.”

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.

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