XJTAG Appoints New Field Application Engineer

7/25/2005 - XJTAG Limited (www.xjtag.com), a supplier of boundary scan development and test solutions, has bolstered its technical team with the appointment of Karl Miles to the position of field application engineer. Karl will provide technical support to XJTAGs growing customer base in the UK and will also spearhead business development for the Cambridge-based company.

Karl joins XJTAG from BAE Systems where he was a lead hardware engineer working on the qualification and production phases of Eurofighter. Prior to joining BAE Systems in 2002, Karl spent five years with Nortel Networks as a senior digital hardware engineer. Karl has a 1st Class B.Eng (Honours) degree from Salford University.

We needed someone with strong technical skills to support our rapidly growing customer sites across the UK and Karl has all the attributes we were looking for, said Simon Payne, XJTAGs chief executive officer. He is a highly qualified hardware engineer that has experience of circuit design, debug and testing boards with JTAG devices such as FPGAs (Field Programmable Gate Arrays). He is also highly ambitious and resourceful which is exactly the kind of person we look for at XJTAG.

The XJTAG Development System was launched to meet the growing market need for cost-effective tools which could test smaller more tightly packed circuit boards increasingly populated by Ball Grid Arrays (BGAs) and chip scale devices. The powerful and easy-to-use system is designed to cut the cost and shorten the development cycle of electronic products. By using the JTAG chain and writing and then reusing test scripts, printed circuits can be tested and debugged in hours/days as opposed to weeks with other competitive systems.

XJTAG can test a high proportion of a circuit including JTAG and non-JTAG devices such as SDRAMs, Ethernet controllers, video interfaces, flash memories, FPGAs, 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 can migrate seamlessly through the product life cycle from early design to field support and repair.

The XJTAG system is used by board developers and manufacturers within market leading companies such as ARM, Barric, Benchmark Electronics, Cambridge Broadband, Celoxica, DiagnoSYS, Hansatech, IPWireless, nCipher, Prism Electronics, Thales and TTPCom.

For more information about the XJTAG Development System, please contact XJTAG Limited, The Irwin Centre, Scotland Road, Dry Drayton, Cambridge CB3 8AR, UK. Telephone +44 (0) 1954 213888, facsimile +44 (0) 1954 211565 or email info@xjtag.com. Alternatively visit www.xjtag.com.

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 the 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 UK at The Irwin Centre, Dry Drayton, Cambridge. XJTAG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cambridge Technology Group (www.cambridgetechgroup.com).

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 worlds 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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