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Corelis introduces High-End, Low-Cost JTAG Test Solution

24 November 2010 – Corelis, Inc. announced the launch of TestGenie, a new low-cost, low-risk boundary-scan test solution targeted specifically to companies with restricted resources, limited JTAG experience, fixed schedules, and tight test budgets. TestGenie is designed to satisfy a real need for boundary-scan testing, while at the same time reducing the inherent risks involved with boundary-scan employment.

This service-oriented product, based on Corelis’ ScanExpress software family, provides customers with a complete boundary-scan test procedure along with a production-ready execution station, all for one low price.

“With capital equipment budgets being harder to come by and fewer resources available for managers to assign, it is evident that the traditional model of owning boundary-scan tools outright and having a resident expert to develop test procedures is not practical for a large number of companies,” describes Ryan Jones, Senior Technical Marketing Engineer at Corelis. “But JTAG test requirements don’t go away just because of these barriers. Many companies are finding themselves sacrificing their schedules to get the test coverage they need or more frightfully sacrificing test coverage to stay on schedule. TestGenie is designed to provide these companies with an affordable boundary-scan solution without sacrificing schedule or test coverage.”

TestGenie is an ideal product for companies that:

  • Have a limited test budget
  • Are uncertain if the tool costs will ever be recovered
  • Do not have the resources to allocate to learn boundary-scan or write test procedures
  • Have a limited number of design projects utilizing boundary-scan devices
  • Have limited JTAG experience
  • Are not able to pursue boundary-scan due to tight product schedules
  • Are overwhelmed by the technical requirements for boundary-scan
  • Are unwilling to take the risk of failing with boundary-scan

Jones continues, “Low-cost boundary-scan tools are nothing new, but they require the user to do all the work. TestGenie completely removes that overhead. It relieves companies of the risk of test procedure development and allows them to assign a variable cost to a specific design project or contract.”

The TestGenie system includes:

  • Board Specific Perpetual Licenses for:
    - ScanExpress Runner
    - ScanExpress ADO
    - ScanExpress Viewer
  • USB JTAG controller
  • 12 month hardware and software support contract
  • Test procedure development for one Unit Under Test (UUT)

“Corelis is committed to product reliability and this singular characteristic is the cornerstone of our business model as well as that of our customers and the industry at large,” emphasizes George B. La Fever, CEO and President at Corelis. “Product reliability is achieved through testing to the maximum coverage levels practicable. TestGenie has been strategically designed to ease that practicability for those companies who have a very real JTAG testing requirement. Test procedure development is delivered on a guaranteed schedule, allowing customers to clearly scope and bound their testing challenges in terms of schedule, cost, and technical risk in a technology where quite often more is unknown than known.”

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