The pace of innovation, including breakthroughs in JTAG boundary scan (IEEE 1149.1) technology, has accelerated in recent years. (The IEEE 1149.1 standard for boundary scan test and programming operations is often referred to as JTAG for the Joint Test Action Group, the body that developed the first draft of the standard.)

Because of the fast pace of innovation, electronic engineers now design more functionality into less space. But smaller components and new methods for soldering components to circuit boards have decreased the physical access engineers once had to devices, boards and systems. With less physical access, certain types of tests and in-system or on-board programming became more difficult, costly and time-consuming.

ASSET's ScanWorks JTAG test (IEEE 1149.1) system helps solve these problems. Their people helped develop the IEEE 1149.1 boundary scan standard in 1985 and have played key roles in the subsequent evolution of the IEEE 1149.1 JTAG specification. As their business has grown, they have developed strong relationships with many highly satisfied customers.

ASSET is committed to helping design and test engineers improve the quality of their systems by solving limited access problems through the use of JTAG (IEEE 1149.1) technology.

The company began as a business unit of Texas Instruments, Inc., dedicated to the development of IEEE 1149.1 tools. In 1995, the team that had designed, developed and marketed the ASSET system for the previous six years founded ASSET InterTech, Inc., acquiring TI's ASSET product family of JTAG tools and its related business.

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