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ASSET(R) is First to Support Intel(R)'s New Atom(TM) Processor with CPU Emulation Test and Diagnostics

Apr 01, 2008

�Master support for Atom joins ASSET's ScanWorks� support for Intel�s Richardson, TX (April 1, 2008) ASSET InterTech's �Master is the first CPU emulation test and diagnostic system to support Intel's new Atom processor. ASSET (www.asset-intertech.com) provides boundary-scan (JTAG/IEEE 1149.1) systems for test, in-system programming (ISP) and design-for-test (DFT), as well as for advanced embedded instrumentation in design validation, test and debug applications.

Atom, which previously had several Intel codenames including Silverthorne and others, is a new low-power processor architecture that is targeting portable battery-operated applications such as mobile Internet devices (MID), low-cost laptop PCs and others.

�Master is capable of true CPU emulation, which means it takes control of the CPU and then asserts structural and functional test and diagnostic routines through the processor to other devices and to other nodes on the circuit board, said Alan Sguigna, ASSET�s vice president of sales and marketing. Because Atom is a new micro-architecture which Intel will carry forward into multiple chips and chipsets for years to come, many manufacturers are eager to begin developing their test and diagnostic strategies for Atom-based systems. �Master lets them get started right away.

�Master and ASSET�s ScanWorks platform, which includes boundary scan (IEEE 1149.1 JTAG) capabilities, can help manufacturers identify faults early in the design cycle, improving prototype yields and accelerating time-to-market. And manufacturers can apply both CPU emulation functional tests and diagnostics, as well as extensive structural testing and diagnostics to production boards, substantially reducing manufacturing costs and improving quality.

In addition to Atom, �Master supports many other Intel processors, including Centrino, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, and the entire Xeon family. Non-Intel processors supported include chips from AMD, Freescale, IBM, Marvell�s XScale, TI�s OMAP, ARM and others.

About ASSET InterTech

ASSET InterTech, Inc. develops, markets, sells, and supports electronic test systems and services which utilize the embedded capabilities of the boundary-scan standard (JTAG or IEEE 1149.1) or a CPU�s debug port. In addition to quickly and easily testing semiconductors, circuit boards and entire systems, ASSET�s ScanWorks system can access embedded instrumentation, such as Intel�s Interconnect Built in Self Test (IBIST) technology, to control advanced high-speed design validation routines like signal integrity analysis, bit error ratio testing (BERT), pattern generation testing and others. �Master provides functional test and hardware diagnostic capabilities based on CPU

emulation.

ASSET InterTech is located outside of Dallas, TX, at 2201 North Central Expressway, Suite 105, Richardson, TX 75080. For product information, call toll free 888-694-6250, send faxes to 972-437-2826, direct e-mail to ai-info@asset-intertech.com or visit the company�s Web site at http://www.asset-intertech.com.

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