Corelis Supports AMD Alchemy Solutions with New JTAG Emulator

3/17/2003 - Corelis Inc., a world leader in the field of JTAG emulation and boundary-scan testing, introduced a powerful new emulator for the high-performance, low-power AMD AlchemyTM Solutions Au1000TM processor. The new ScanICE-1000 emulator utilizes the IEEE-STD-1149.1 standard (JTAG) port on the Au1000, Au1100TM and Au1500TM processor cores to provide access to the CPU’s on-chip debug facilities. The emulator includes a powerful Windows® 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP based source-level debugger and uses a PCI based controller for high-speed emulation access.

Unlike conventional real-time emulators that rely on bulky and expensive external hardware pods, the Corelis emulator uses the IEEE-STD-1149.1 (JTAG) standard test access port to access the internal debug resources available on the Au1000, Au1100 and Au1500 processors. This eliminates the need for external pods, thus reducing the cost and electrical loading of the target system. Since the debug resources used by the emulator are integrated into the target processor, the emulator automatically supports any clock speed at which the target system runs.

Programs and data can be downloaded to any part of the system RAM through the JTAG port without the need for a resident loader program or a ROM emulator. The four-wire JTAG interface allows it to be connected to the Au1000, Au1100 or Au1500 processor, with support for other AMD Alchemy Solutions processors planned for the future. Thus, switching processors from one design to the next does not obsolete a user’s investment in their emulator hardware.

Derek Phillips, Manager of Application Engineering for AMD's Personal Connectivity Solutions Group, said, “Corelis brings a wealth of emulator engineering and marketing experience to the AMD Alchemy Solutions family of high-performance, low-power, high-integration processors. The Corelis line of high-performance, low-cost development tools will help AMD support Au1000, Au1100 and Au1500 processor customers that prefer working in a PC-based development environment.”

“The introduction of the ScanICE-1000 emulator will enable the AMD Alchemy Au1000, Au1100 and Au1500 processors to be more easily integrated into embedded designs and will result in products being brought to the market much faster.” Said Steve Hartman, Product Marketing Manager for Corelis. “Having a full-featured low-cost PC-based development tool for the Au1000, Au1100 and Au1500 processors will make it more affordable to a broader range of hardware and software developers.”

As an additional benefit, the Corelis boundary-scan (JTAG) controller included with the emulators can be used to provide boundary-scan interconnect testing and in-system programming of Flash and CPLDs. Corelis also has a full suite of boundary-scan test and programming software available that can be used for interconnect and functional testing and device programming.

The ScanICE-1000 emulator is available now.

Corelis Inc., offers a broad line of boundary-scan software and hardware products for interconnect testing, in-system programming of Flash memories & CPLDs, JTAG emulation and debugging. It includes full range of IEEE Std 1149.1 boundary-scan testers for the ISA, PCI, PCMCIA, LAN, USB, cPCI/PXI and VXI busses. Corelis also provides various engineering services and is well known for its outstanding customer support. Additional information about the company can be found at

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