Corelis Supports Intrinsity Microprocessors with Three JTAG Emulators

4/28/2003 - Corelis Inc., a world leader in the field of JTAG emulation and boundary-scan testing, introduced three powerful new emulators for the high performance IntrinsityTM FastMATHTM and FastMIPSTM microprocessors. Intrinsity's high-performance, 2-GHz FastMATH and FastMIPS integrated microprocessors, designed utilizing Intrinsity’s patented Fast14TM Technology, deliver unsurpassed programmable performance on real-time, adaptive signal processing applications. The new emulators utilize the IEEE-STD-1149.1 standard (JTAG) port on the FastMATH and FastMIPS microprocessors to provide access to the CPU’s on-chip debug facilities.

The emulators include a powerful Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP-based source-level debugger. The ScanICE uses a PCI bus controller that is installed in a PC, the ScanICE/PIO uses a high-performance “intelligent” parallel port controller, and the NetICE uses a LAN-based (Ethernet) controller for JTAG emulation access.

The Corelis emulators use the IEEE-STD-1149.1 (JTAG) standard test access port to access the internal debug resources available on the Intrinsity FastMATH and FastMIPS microprocessors. 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. In addition to these benefits, the use of the JTAG interface also ensures that processor access is maintained, even when the processor hangs or runs out of control due to user’s application software bug.

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 microprocessor, with support for other Intrinsity microprocessors planned for the future. Thus, switching processors from one design to the next does not obsolete a user’s investment in their emulator hardware.

Tom Spohrer, Director of Product Marketing for Intrinsity, said “Corelis brings a wealth of emulator engineering and marketing experience to the Intrinsity product line. The Corelis line of high-performance, low-cost development tools will help Intrinsity support FastMATH and FastMIPS customers that prefer working in a PC-based development environment.”

“The introduction of these emulators will enable the Intrinsity FastMATH and FastMIPS microprocessors 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 Intrinsity FastMATH and FastMIPS microprocessors will make them more affordable to more 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-Morpheus ($6,950), ScanICE-Morpheus/PIO ($5,650) and the NetICE-Morpheus ($6,950) are available now.

Intrinsity, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company enabling the creation of more powerful real-time and intelligent embedded systems. Founded in May 1997 with headquarters in Austin, Texas, and offices in Boston, England, and Japan, Intrinsity has introduced 2-GHz processors that provide embedded markets with the programmable performance needed to replace difficult-to-program hardware with flexible software. For more information about the company, visit

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 a 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

Intrinsity, Fast14, and FastMATH are trademarks/registered trademarks of Intrinsity, Inc. in the United States and/or

other countries. MIPS-based and FastMIPS are trademarks of MIPS Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

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