Intellitech Announces Next Generation SystemBIST IC for Flexible FPGA Configuration Combined with Embedded PCB Self-Test

AUSTIN, Texas—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Nov. 9, 2005— Intellitech Corporation,, the technology leader in scan-based configuration, debug and test solutions today announced immediate availability of the next generation SystemBIST IC for FPGA configuration and embedded PCB self-test. SystemBIST provides the function of loading designs into RAM based FPGAs at power-up, it replaces the need for using serial configuration PROMs or developing software for CPU based FPGA configuration. SystemBIST provides major capabilities not found in any of the other configuration methods, that is the ability to re-program non-volatile CPLDs in-system, decision making on what FPGA bitstreams to load, and embedded PCB Self-Test using JTAG/1149.1 manufacturing test patterns embedded into the PCB. Customers realize engineering and capital equipment cost savings with PCB self-test since the tests are immediately available at PCB power-up. It doesn't require training or external equipment which might not be immediately available to execute the manufacturing tests.

New capabilities introduced with this generation are "failsafe" FPGA configuration - automatic handling of potential FPGA programming problems when updating FPGAs in-the-field, better FPGA data compression - reducing bitstream and test vector storage requirements by 50-60% compared to compression in the prior version, built-in version control for managing FPGA/CPLD updating of systems in the field. The technology is now available in a RoHS compliant (lead-free) 144 ball BGA with a package size of 13mmx13mm - a reduction of 60% of the PCB area needed by the prior SystemBIST product. SystemBIST is part of Intellitech's popular TEST-IP family of components used for designing and building built-in self-test and 1149.1/JTAG scan chain infrastructure at the PCB and System level. Intellitech's TEST-IP components lower the overall cost of building a self-testable reconfigurable electronic system.

"Low total system cost with high quality is still the holy grail of the electronics industry," said CJ Clark, Intellitech CEO. "Our solutions continue to gain market share as they provide the most cost effective method to design, manufacture and support a FPGA based electronic product from cradle to grave. We've been working with an early adopter, a well known company in the medical products field with this next generation SystemBIST since the beginning of the year. Having success during prototyping, they are going into production this month with several of their PCBs having SystemBIST designed in. While we think of SystemBIST as performing configuration for a large number of FPGAs, this customer found it cost effective on PCBs with just a single FPGA. At a later date we will report on this success story," Clark added. Customer reference statements can be found on Intellitech's web-site

SystemBIST is available in a RoHS 144 ball BGA package. Pricing is $15 in quantities of 10K.

About Intellitech

Intellitech's TEST-IP(TM) family provides patented infrastructure IP that enables customers to lower the cost of designing, debugging, producing and maintaining electronic systems. Intellitech's proprietary solutions enable customers to build self-testable and in-the-field re-configurable products with the least amount of engineering resources and at the lowest cost. Intellitech lowers production costs by embedding test or enabling concurrent test of electronic assemblies during production test and burn-in. The unified test and configuration approach enables customers to lower manufacturing test costs, provide field adaptable products and retard product obsolescence with field upgrade-able logic.

The TEST-IP Intellectual Property is coupled with the Eclipse Scan-Based Diagnostic and Test tools to provide a powerful combination software-hardware tools for flexible FPGA configuration, automatic test pattern generation, debug, and validation prior to embedding the test and configuration data into the customer's product or delivering to the PT100 parallel production tester.

Intellitech Corp. is focused on providing a complete customer solution early during the design phase that ensures success. The engineering and support team is dedicated only to providing a comprehensive low cost configuration and test strategy for the entire product. Over the years, the company has been successful in being the first-to-market and driving major technology changes in IEEE 1149.1 based configuration, debug and test. Intellitech's PT100 Parallel Tester received the prestigious Test and Measurement World Editor's Best-in-Test 2004 award.

Intellitech's customer base ranges from companies providing the latest networking products to ATE companies providing cutting edge semiconductor testers, from semiconductor manufacturers to space related companies providing satellites to large computer companies delivering multi-processor systems. The company's broad product selection, strong support team, and compelling value proposition have resulted in solid profitability and a strong balance sheet.

Intellitech is a registered trademark of Intellitech Corporation. SystemBIST, Concurrent JTAG, CJTAG, TEST-IP and "The Infrastructure IP company" are trademarks of Intellitech Corporation.. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

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