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Board Bring-up Solution to validate, test and debug Intel Haswell Designs

30 April 2012 – Using the ScanWorks platform of ASSET Intertech design engineers can for the first time structurally verify, functionally test, analyze performance margins and debug boards based on the Intel microarchitecture codenamed Haswell within one unified software environment. This accelerates the new product introduction cycle by providing a single user interface for correlating the root causes fo design issues.

The Intel microarchitecture codenamed Haswell and its accompanying chipsets have been developed to fulfill the Ultrabook" vision of ultra thin, light and responsive laptops and other products.

"Board bring-up is a process whereby prototype circuit boards are iteratively tested, validated and debugged in preparation for volume manufacturing," said Tim Caffee, ASSET's vice president of board validation. "These iterative prototype spins can take months or in some cases years. Because it integrates a suite of software-based tools in one environment, the ScanWorks platform's board bring-up solution can reduce the number of spins of a design and shorten each board spin cycle, greatly accelerating a product's time-to-money. No other tool provides designers such real-time insight into system failures due to hardware, firmware and software interactions."

Comprised of boundary-scan, high-speed I/O and processor-controlled debug and test technologies, the ScanWorks board bring-up solution provides a seamless framework for tracing the root cause of prototype defects.

"With the increasing complexity of new designs, design cycles can get longer and longer unless design engineers have better tools," said Caffee. "It is critically important to get boards to volume manufacturing production as quickly as possible. When the board design and introduction cycle lengthens, products can miss the market window or be rendered obsolete by newer, more powerful chips."

The new ScanWorks tools provide a software-based, cost-effective platform for board troubleshooting at all stages of prototype bring-up. ScanWorks boundary-scan test verifies the structural integrity of the circuit board assembly. ScanWorks processor-controlled debug and test reads all registers, memory and I/O of the platform for hardware, firmware and software troubleshooting. And ScanWorks HSIO validates the signal integrity on the high-speed memory and I/O buses on the design.

ScanWorks board bring-up will be available in the second quarter of 2012 from ASSET InterTech and its distributors.

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