XJTAG Appoints Distributor to ‘Accelerate’ Sales in Europe

CAMBRIDGE, England, January 28, 2004 – XJTAG Limited, a specialist design and test tool developer and part of the Cambridge Technology Group, has signed a distribution agreement with Development Tools Limited, a division of Accelerated Technology (UK) Limited, to extend sales of its highly acclaimed XJTAG Development System into continental Europe and beyond.

The powerful and easy-to-use XJTAG Development System, launched in 2003, is designed to cut the cost and shorten the development cycle of electronic products and provides a unique solution that can test JTAG as well as non-JTAG devices. XJTAG is priced extremely competitively to encourage multiple sales per company.

“Demand for the XJTAG system has been staggering but we need to make sure we expand our sales and support operation into continental Europe, and then later into the Americas and Asia,” said Simon Payne, CEO at XJTAG. “Development Tools has an excellent reputation in the embedded systems market and has links with major electronics OEMs and contract manufacturers across much of Europe.”

Development Tools Limited (DTL) has established a dedicated team to sell and support the XJTAG Development System into its extensive customer base, which includes many top 100 companies, such as Matsushita, Motorola, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony.

“XJTAG is a very powerful and highly competitive and intuitive system which we believe will be attractive to any company designing and building circuits, particularly those using BGAs and flip chips,” said Geoff Gibson, managing director of Development Tools Limited. “We have already had interest from a number of customers who were impressed by the System’s capabilities and its competitive price.”

XJTAG can test a high proportion of a circuit including BGA and chip scale devices, SDRAMs, Ethernet controllers, video interfaces, flash memories, FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays), microprocessors and many other devices. XJTAG also enables In-System Programming of FPGAs, CPLDs (Complex Programmable Logic Devices) and flash memories.

The XJTAG Development System provides a fully integrated environment, which can migrate seamlessly through the product life cycle from early design to field support and repair. XJTAG enables circuit designers to shorten the development cycle and prototyping process by facilitating early test development, early design validation of CAD netlists, fast generation of highly functional tests and test re-use across circuits that utilise the same devices. XJTAG test scripts are also re-usable and portable across different boards due to the novel device-centric approach that the designers have adopted.

For more information about the XJTAG Development System, please contact XJTAG Limited, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0DS, U.K. Telephone +44 (0) 1223 223007, fax +44 (0) 1223 223009 or contact us.

About Development Tools (www.developmenttools.co.uk)

Development Tools Limited (DTL), a division of Accelerated Technology (UK) Limited, provides electronics original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and contract manufacturers with a one stop shop design through to test and repair service. The company offers real-time emulation systems for leading 32-bit embedded processors (via Sophia Systems) and test tools for BGA components (via XJTAG). The company is based in the UK at Redditch, Worcestershire. For more information, telephone +44 (0) 1527 66632.

About XJTAG (www.xjtag.com)

XJTAG Limited is a specialist design and test tool developer. Its JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) development system offers a competitive solution for designers and developers of electronic circuits. Utilising XJTAG allows circuit development and prototyping process to be shortened significantly by facilitating early test development, early design validation, fast development of functional tests and test re-use across circuits that utilise the same devices. The company is based in the U.K. at St John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge.

About the Cambridge Technology Group (www.cambridgetechgroup.com)

Cambridge Technology Group is a holding company with three wholly owned subsidiaries – Adiabatic Logic Limited, Cambridge Technology Consultants Limited and XJTAG Limited. Adiabatic Logic (www.adiabaticlogic.com) was set up to exploit a portfolio of secured patents in the low power technology arena. Adiabatic Logic’s patented Intelligent Output Driver (IOD), launched in May 2003, delivers significant (up to 75%) power savings in chip I/O for portable devices such as laptop computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), MP3 players and smartphones.

Cambridge Technology Consultants (www.camtechconsultants.com) offers its clients – companies such as ARM, AT&T, BOC Edwards, Celoxica, Co-operative Group, Fujitsu, Marconi, Mitsubishi Electric and IPWireless – a broad range of services from high-end applications to innovative product development and technical consultancy skills. For ten years, its multi disciplinary team of hardware and software engineers have provided cost-effective solutions from concept through to pre-production.

What is JTAG?

Advances in silicon design, such as increasing device density and, more recently, ball grid array (BGA) and chip scale packaging, have reduced the efficacy of traditional electronic circuit testing methods. In order to overcome these problems and others; some of the world’s leading silicon manufacturers combined to form the Joint Test Action Group (JTAG). The findings of this group were used as the basis for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) standard 1149.1: Standard Test Access Port and Boundary Scan Architecture and subsequently the standard became known as JTAG.

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