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New non-invasive I/O design validation tools for Intel Atom designs

17 Aug 2012

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The ScanWorks platform for embedded instruments from ASSET InterTech is the first design validation tool for Intel Atom designs that does not rely on placing a physical probe on a bus to monitor its signal integrity.

It enables designers of micro server circuit boards based on the Intel Atom processor to non-intrusively validate the signal integrity on high-speed input/output (HSIO) and memory buses.

Over the last eight years, Intel and ASSET have collaborated on validation and test tools which deliver extensive visibility of the signal integrity on high-speed buses in order to overcome the shortcomings of legacy intrusive probe-based test equipment such as oscilloscopes and logic analyzers.

Because buses with speeds in excess of 5Gbit/s become super-sensitive to capacitive coupling effects, the signaling on these buses is distorted when a physical probe is placed on them. To counteract this, Intel developed and is implementing an instrumentation technology embedded in its advanced chips.

ASSET's ScanWorks HSIO for Intel Architecture is the first non-intrusive software-based toolkit to take advantage of Intel's embedded instrumentation technology.

The ScanWorks HSIO validation tools now supports all of Intel's processor platforms, including Intel Core processors for desktop, mobile and ultrathin laptops, Intel Xeon processors for servers, embedded and communications, and storage systems, and now Atom processors for micro servers, system-on-a-chip (SoC) and other types of systems. ASSET is a key third party vendor (TPV) to Intel.

ScanWorks' High-Speed I/O (HSIO) for Intel Architecture is based on Intel Atom is available now. Pricing for a one-year subscription is $10,000.

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