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                                                                                                                       Andy Evans, senior product engineer at ARM
ARM selects XJTAG for RealView development tools debug and test
“ ARM, the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property (IP) supplier, has reduced the time and cost of
developing its range of RealView development tools by using the XJTAG boundary scan development system to
improve and speed up the process of debugging and testing its high density, multi-layer development boards.
ARM®   technology lies at the heart of advanced digital products               cluster (non-JTAG) devices including                                                 great deal of time, as it automatically
from mobile, home and enterprise solutions to embedded and                     BGA and chip scale packages,”                                                        handles any netlist changes by
emerging applications. ARM’s comprehensive product offering                    said Andy Evans, senior product                                                      adapting to the new circuit
includes 16/32-bit RISC microprocessors, data engines, graphics                engineer, platforms, Development                                                     connections, thereby avoiding the
processors, digital libraries, embedded memories, peripherals,                 Systems, ARM.                                                                        time-consuming process of
software and development tools, as well as analogue functions                     “XJTAG is easy to use, the test                                                   manually picking through the netlist
and high-speed connectivity products.                                          scripts for non-JTAG devices follow                                                  for errors,” said Spencer Saunders.
                                                                               the familiar top down design flow,                                                      “In addition, XJTAG’s powerful
   To support the company’s SoC IP,        After evaluating the different      and these test scripts are device-                                                   circuit visualization tool provides us
ARM has developed a strong base         competitive options, the engineering   centric, making them re-usable from                                                  with a simple graphical view of the
of development tools, software and      team at ARM’s development facility     project to project, which saves ARM                                                  state of all JTAG pins across the
hardware products. For example, its     in Cambridge, UK, selected the         an awful lot of time.”                                                               multiple BGA devices and enables
range of RealView® development          XJTAG boundary scan development           ARM is currently using XJTAG on                                                   us to quickly pinpoint specific faults
solutions are ideal systems for         system. The XJTAG system has           its latest generation of RealView                                                    on our boards and speed up the
customers prototyping ARM               enabled ARM to speed up the            platform baseboards, and, because                                                    whole debug process.”
processor-based products and are        process of debug and test, get         of its built-in design-for-test (DFT)
                                                                                                                                                                    ARM and RealView are registered trademarks of ARM
suitable for architecture and CPU       test coverage up to around the 90      functionality, it has been used right                                                Limited. All other brands or product names are the
                                                                                                                                                                    property of their respective holders. “ARM” is used to
evaluation, hardware and software       percent mark and to significantly      from the very beginning of the                                                       represent ARM Holdings plc; its operating company
design, and ASIC emulation.             improve production yields.             design process to help improve the                                                   ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.;
                                                                                                                                                                    ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France
These development platforms                “XJTAG offers incredible power,     design and reduce respins.                                                           SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; ARM
are typically highly complex, high      performance and versatility and can       “XJTAG’s DFT capability is                                                        Belgium N.V.; AXYS Design Automation Inc.; AXYS
                                                                                                                                                                    GmbH; ARM Embedded Solutions Pvt. Ltd.; and ARM
density, twelve-to-sixteen layer        test both boundary scan (JTAG) and     extremely powerful and saves us a                                                    Physical IP, Inc.; and ARM Norway AS.
board designs, containing multiple
high pin-count ball grid array (BGA)                                           Spencer Saunders                                                                      Data
devices including processors,           opinion                                engineering manager
                                                                               platform, Development Systems
ASICs, FPGAs and CPLDs.                                                        ARM
   “Our development platforms
are used extensively across the                                                                                                                                      Company            ARM Holdings

business and are designed to deliver         The XJTAG boundary scan system is an extremely powerful,                                                                Nature of          World’s leading semiconductor
significant risk reduction and faster                                                                                                                                business           IP supplier
                                         versatile and cost effective product which has enabled ARM to                                                               Main product       16/32 bit RISC microprocessors,
time-to-market benefits to our
Partners,” said Spencer Saunders,        improve and speed up the process of debugging and testing its                                                                                  data engines, graphics processors,
                                                                                                                                                                                        digital libraries, embedded memories,
engineering manager, platforms,          RealView development tools. With XJTAG, we are now close to                                                                                    software and development tools,
Development Systems, ARM.                meeting our target for 90 percent test coverage and ten-minutes-                                                                               peripherals, analogue functions and
                                                                                                                                                                                        high speed connectivity products
   “With tens of thousands of pins       per-board production test, but we also have a boundary scan                                                                 Locations          ARM has facilities/offices in
on each board, we recognized that        system that allows tests to be recorded, refined and repeatedly                                                                                North America, Europe,
it would not be possible to validate                                                                                                                                                    the Middle East, Far East and India
                                         re-used throughout the development cycle both by our                                                                        Employees          Approx. 1659
these circuits in a commercially
realistic timescale without the use
of a boundary scan test system.”
                                         engineering team and our contract manufacturing partners.
                                                                                                            ”                                                        Revenues
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                                                                                                                                                                                        £263.3 million (2006)


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