SOURCE: JTAG Technologies, Inc.

December 20, 2006 12:46 ET

SPEA and JTAG Technologies Combine to Provide Comprehensive Fixtureless Test Capability

New System Delivers the Benefits of In-Circuit and Boundary-Scan Testing

STEVENSVILLE, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 20, 2006 -- SPEA S.p.A., a global leader in design and manufacturing of Automatic Test Equipment for electronic devices, and JTAG Technologies, top provider of boundary-scan products worldwide, today announced the integration of their test methods within the SPEA 3030 in-circuit test system. As a result, electronics designers and manufacturers benefit from even greater testability and programmability of complex PCBs, all within a single process step.

SPEA's 3030 "polyfunctional" test system is already among the most versatile and advanced board testers on the market with comprehensive shorts/opens, analog, power-up, digital, "vectorless" and AOI testing options. Now, with the integration of JTAG Technologies boundary-scan capabilities, users can further enhance their high-precision digital testing capabilities. Test development and deployment times are minimized, test coverage is maximized and fixture complexity can be reduced due to test-point elimination, especially for complex digital PCBs where physical access to electrical nodes is limited.

Tests are prepared with JTAG Technologies development tools and compiled to run on the SPEA 3030 internal hardware, for the software-only integration. The solution is a true integration in which circuit nets can be stimulated and/or sensed via the boundary-scan chain and vice-versa by the pin electronics of the 3030. Test results are interpreted for analysis by JTAG Technologies' acclaimed diagnostic tools which present detailed information on fault causes, even in the event of multiple faults.

Andrea Ganio, Executive Director of SPEA, says, "Our customers have asked us to integrate boundary-scan into our products. In order to meet this request for high-performance digital testing, we are very pleased to collaborate with JTAG Technologies in offering an integrated solution. Customers will gain greater test coverage while maintaining a consistent user interface."

About JTAG Technologies

JTAG Technologies is a market leader and technology innovator of boundary-scan software and hardware products and services. The company was the first to bring to the market such important advances as automated test generation, automated flash and PLD programming via boundary-scan, and visualized boundary-scan analysis. Its customers include world leaders in electronics design and manufacturing such as Ericsson, Flextronics, Honeywell, Medtronic, Motorola, Nokia, Raytheon, Rockwell-Collins, Samsung, and Sony. Its innovative boundary-scan products provide test preparation, test execution, test result analysis and in-system programming applications. With an installed base of over 4,500 systems worldwide, JTAG Technologies serves the communications, medical electronics, avionics, defense, automotive, and consumer industries with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. JTAG Technologies headquarters are located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. For more information, visit:

About SPEA S.p.A.

Founded in 1976, SPEA is a worldwide leader in design, manufacturing and distribution of Automatic Test Equipment for testing semiconductors and electronic circuit boards. SPEA has the 30.7% of European testing market, and the 10.7% of worldwide market, and has established its position in the world with more than twenty affiliates, displaced in all areas of the world where electronic production is concentrated: Europe, United States, Far East. This distribution of facilities allows SPEA to have a direct cooperation with the electronic producers, from the Research and Development of products to production test by customers. SPEA's test systems (that include flying probe test systems, bed-of-nails test system and systems for the test and handling of semiconductors) are utilized in all advanced sectors of the industry including aerospace, aeronautical, medical, telecommunications, automotive and security.

JTAG Technologies is a registered trademark and JTAG ProVision is a trademark of JTAG Technologies, Inc. All other brand names or product names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Ray Dellecker
    JTAG Technologies, Inc.
    US Marketing
    Email Contact

    Andrea Ganio
    SPEA Automatic Test Equipment
    via Torino 16, 10088 Volpiano (TO), Italy
    + 39 011 98 25 400