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ASSET InterTech acquires software debug specialist Arium

11 Jul 2013

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ASSET InterTech recently acquired Arium, a provider of software debug tools for systems based on Intel and ARM processors. Arium's debug tools will be integrated into ASSET's ScanWorks platform for debug, validation and test.

"By combining the expertise of our two organisations we are going to be able to help engineers solve a broader spectrum of problems with the kinds of non-intrusive methodologies that are best suited to today's technology; methodologies that work from the inside out, not from the outside in," said Glenn Woppman, CEO of ASSET InterTech.

Arium's software debug and trace capabilities complement the ScanWorks platform's ability to access, manage and control test and measurement instruments embedded in chips. The expanding number of processing cores as well as the integration of more and more resources into system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices is causing explosive growth in the volume of software that is required to interface hardware with operating system software and applications.

The company's hardware-assisted debug tools give developers the ability to troubleshoot code quickly while the company's trace tools help designers rapidly analyse the software transactions and interactions among cores, threads and code modules. Arium's advanced debug and trace capabilities complement ScanWorks HSIO, a toolset that lets designers debug and validate the chip-to-chip buses on circuit boards. By combining these various debug, trace and validation capabilities, designers will be able to bring up a prototype design faster so it can be moved into volume manufacturing sooner.

"We are very excited about joining forces with ASSET because we're convinced that embedded instrumentation is the technology of the future and it is well on its way to becoming a necessity for designers," said Larry Traylor, president of Arium. "Our tools have been deployed in design for the last 35 years and much has changed during this time. High-speed buses above 5 gigabits per second are now the norm while SoC architectures and new chip packaging technologies make it practically impossible to see what's going on in systems. The time has come to bring together our strengths in software debug and trace with the excellent hardware validation and test tools in ScanWorks," added Traylor.

The full terms and conditions of the acquisition agreement between ASSET and Arium were not disclosed. ASSET acquired all of the assets of Arium and all Arium employees accepted positions at ASSET. Arium's user base will continue to be served by Arium service and support staff.

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