Frost & Sullivan recognizes ASSET for its competitive strategy innovation for ScanWorks platform

Richardson, TX – The ScanWorks® platform for embedded instruments from ASSET® InterTech has received a 2010 Global Competitive Strategy Innovation of the Year Award from Frost & Sullivan, a global research and consulting firm. ASSET ( is the leading supplier of open tools for embedded instrumentation.

Every year Frost & Sullivan compiles an extensive Best Practices Research report and one of the outcomes of this research is the firm’s Innovation of the Year Awards, which are presented to technology suppliers across a wide range of market segments. ASSET’s ScanWorks was recognized as the innovation of the year in the printed circuit board (PCB) automatic test equipment (ATE) market segment.

“ASSET with its ScanWorks platform has emerged as the leader in innovation in its market sector,” states Sujan Sami, industry manager for Frost & Sullivan’s team. “Compared to other participants in this sector, the elegance and simplicity-of-use of ScanWorks places it above its competition. Technical difficulties emerge for validating and testing highly integrated chips, sophisticated chip packages, and very dense and high-speed circuit boards. Our research shows that ScanWorks is the ideal solution for validating, testing and debugging these complex chips, boards and systems.”

Frost & Sullivan announced the recipients of this year’s Innovation of the Year Awards at a gala in San Antonio, TX, on November 16.

“It is certainly gratifying to see the concept of embedded instrumentation, which we have championed for several years now with our ScanWorks platform, recognized as a significant innovation by such a prestigious research firm as Frost & Sullivan,” said Glenn Woppman, president and CEO of ASSET InterTech. “It’s no secret that legacy validation and test methods are severely challenged by today’s advanced chips and design techniques. This award is very exciting for us because it will heighten the awareness of embedded instrumentation as an effective and cost-efficient alternative moving forward.”

As part of its Best Practices Research, Frost & Sullivan noted that ASSET had achieved leadership in its market sector with nearly 30 percent share of the market. ASSET was also recognized for its leadership and contributions toward developing many of the industry standards which benefit users and technology suppliers.

“ASSET works proactively with its customers to understand the difficulties in validating and testing chips and circuit boards,” continued Sami. “Subsequently, the firm enhanced and extended the ScanWorks platform for embedded instruments to cater to the needs of this market sector. Based on ASSET’s keen understanding of shifting market dynamics and end-user requirements, the ScanWorks platform has certainly earned this distinction as an innovation of the year.”

ScanWorks® – Platform for Embedded Instruments

ASSET, through its ScanWorks platform, is applying the experience it has gained from two decades as a leading supplier of IEEE 1149.1 boundary-scan (JTAG) 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 which can form the basis for an embedded instrumentation toolset. In recent years, ASSET has significantly enhanced ScanWorks beyond boundary-scan test with the addition of other embedded instrumentation technologies, including processor-controlled test (PCT) and tools for Intel® IBIST (Interconnect Built-In Self Test), an embedded instrumentation technology that Intel® and other companies are embedding into next-generation chips and chipsets.

About ASSET InterTech

ASSET InterTech is the leading supplier of open tools for embedded instrumentation for 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. ASSET InterTech is located at 2201 North Central Expressway, Suite 105, Richardson, TX 75080.

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