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ASSET announces new bundle of validation and test tools for Intel Xeon, Core and Atom designs

Tue, September 10, 2013
IDF 2013

ASSET, the leading supplier of tools for embedded instrumentation, announced at the Intel Developers Forum a new bundle of ScanWorks HSIO tools for the Intel Architecture (IA). Previously licensed separately, ScanWorks HSIO for IA now delivers greater value to developers by bundling tools for all three Intel silicon brands, Xeon, Core and Atom, under one license.

“This gives a cross-platform design organization the opportunity to optimize its investment in validation and test tools,” said Tim Caffee, vice president of design validation for ASSET. “A development team working on a Core-based design, for example, can share tools with another team that might be developing servers based on Xeon processors. At the end of the day, it’s all about delivering greater value to our customers. With each generation of electrical validation tools for IA-based designs, we continue to improve our products and bring more value to our users.”

ScanWorks and Intel® Silicon View Technology

With the recent announcement of Intel® Silicon View Technology (Intel® SVT), ASSET’s ScanWorks platform for embedded instruments became the only toolset in the industry that fully supports all three aspects of this new validation, debug and test capability, which Intel is embedding in its processors and chipsets.

Specifically, ScanWorks HSIO tools work with the Intel SVT electrical validation capabilities to measure and optimize operational timing and voltage margins on high-speed data links and buses such as PCI Express, Direct Media Interface (DMI) and the DDR3/4 memory buses, all of which terminate in the processor or chipset. ScanWorks functions interactively with Intel SVT to investigate the root causes of low operating margins on these buses. In a board manufacturing test setting, ScanWorks Boundary-Scan Test (BST) and Processor-Controlled Test (PCT) function with Intel SVT to test and diagnose both structural and at-speed defects. Intel SVT and ScanWorks offer improved diagnostics by enabling at-speed tests for high-speed interfaces, thereby reducing dependencies on board functional test and providing test cost reduction opportunities. And with ASSET’s recent acquisition of Arium along with its software/firmware hardware-assisted debug tools, the ScanWorks platform has been greatly enhanced in the third aspect of Intel SVT, platform debug.