M-Systems, Corelis Partner for JTAG In-Circuit Programming Tools for DiskOnChip

2/24/2003 - Corelis, a leader in boundary-scan testing and in-system programming, announced a partnership with M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH), a leader in flash-based data storage products. Under the terms of this Agreement, M-Systems will collaborate with Corelis to provide their customers with JTAG (IEEE standard 1149.1 port) in-system programming tools that will be used through the complete product life cycle.

Boundary-Scan (JTAG) is an embedded IC technology for in-system programming and testing of digital circuit boards and components that have been standardized as IEEE Std 1149.1.

Many designs today are using M-Systems’ DiskOnChip as a full boot solution, eliminating the need for any other non-volatile device on the motherboard. In these applications, the CPU fetches and executes the boot code directly from the DiskOnChip instead of an external bootROM. Using M-Systems’ True Flash File System (TrueFFS®) technology with the Corelis-enabled option and Corelis’ ScanPlus FlashTM programming tools, users can program the DiskOnChip family of products without writing any code and without involving the CPU. As an added benefit, the ScanPlus Flash tool can also test the interconnects between the CPU and the DiskOnChip I/Os.

Programming in-system is advantageous in both development and production environments. Engineers can quickly and easily change code stored in the DiskOnChip memory devices during the development process. In production, in-circuit programming allows devices to remain on the shelf in an unprogrammed or blank state. These blank devices can then be installed at assembly and programmed in-circuit, thus reducing programming, handling, and tracking costs.

“We've been using Corelis’ ScanPlus Flash for some time and we were impressed with how quickly and easily we could deploy this technology to our customers,” said Raz Dan, vice president of customer support for M-Systems. “Our customers are using our TrueFFS technology in combination with Corelis’ ScanPlus FlashTM programming tools at the early stage of product development to program the boot section of the DiskOnChip. We are working with Corelis to extend this technology to contract manufacturers, of which, many are already using Corelis’ ScanPlus boundary-scan and in-circuit programming tools.”

“We are very excited to partner with M-Systems and to provide their customers with high-performance and affordable in-circuit programming solutions,” said Menachem Blasberg, president and CEO of Corelis. “Adding in-circuit programming enables DiskOnChip devices to be even more easily integrated into embedded designs and results in products being brought to market much faster. Having a fully featured, low-cost, PC-based in-circuit programming tool with expandability for other M-Systems products planned in the future will make it a very cost effective solution for hardware and software developers.”

As an additional benefit, each of the JTAG controllers used for programming, can be used to provide boundary-scan interconnect testing and In-Circuit Configuration (ICP) of CPLDs using Corelis’ ScanPlus optional boundary-scan test and programming software.

About M-Systems M-Systems (Nasdaq: FLSH) is a leader and innovator of flash-based data storage products known as flash disks. M-Systems' flash disks provide the functionality of a mechanical hard drive in a silicon chip. M-Systems' products are based on its patented TrueFFS® technology and target applications in a vast array of markets, including connected devices, mobile, and telecom. M-Systems' products include the DiskOnChip®, DiskOnKey® and Fast Flash Disk (FFDTM) product families. For more information, please contact M-Systems at www.m-sys.com.

About Corelis Inc.
Corelis, incorporated in 1991, is a world leader in the field of IEEE-1149.1 boundary-scan testing, JTAG In-System-Programming of Flash memories & CPLDs, JTAG emulation and debugging, microprocessor development tools, and VXIbus test instruments. Corelis is also a leading system integrator and developer of custom test solutions. Corelis has successfully integrated and developed systems for customers throughout the world. In addition to its USA representatives, Corelis has overseas sales and support engineers in countries such as Japan, Canada, Sweden, France, Israel, Germany, Korea, Ireland, Singapore, China, Taiwan, UK, Holland, Belgium, Australia, India, and more. For more information, please contact Corelis at www.corelis.com.

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