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

μMaster support for Atom joins ASSET’s ScanWorks support for Intel's IBIST embedded instrumentation technology for design validation, test and debug.

RICHARDSON, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--ASSET InterTech’s μMaster 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.

“μMaster is capable of true CPU emulation, which means it takes control of the CPU and 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. μMaster lets them get started right away.”

μMaster and ASSET’s ScanWorks platform, which includes boundary scan JTAG capabilities, can help manufacturers identify faults early in the design cycle, improving prototype yields and accelerating time-to-market. And manufacturers can apply 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, µMaster 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. ASSET InterTech is located outside of Dallas, TX, at 2201 North Central Expressway, Suite 105, Richardson, TX 75080. Call 888-694-6250, fax to 972-437-2826, e-mail at ai-info@asset-intertech.com or visit www.asset-intertech.com.