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CAMBRIDGE, England, September 25, 2008 – XJTAG, a leading global supplier of IEEE Std. 1149.x boundary scan development systems, has scheduled a series of free ‘Introduction to boundary scan’ training workshops at its Cambridge headquarters.

The full-day sessions will run throughout the autumn and winter and are designed to provide design, development, test, and production engineers with a practical hands-on introduction to boundary scan. XJTAG’s trainers will explain how boundary scan can be used right across the product lifecycle to improve designs, reduce respins and enhance test coverage, fault diagnosis and production yields on complex BGA-populated circuits.

“We are delighted to offer engineers the opportunity to find out how XJTAG can be used to speed up the whole product development, from early in a design cycle, before any hardware has been produced, right through to manufacture,” says Simon Payne, XJTAG’s CEO.

The free workshops will give an overview of the IEEE 1149.x standard, demonstrate how to communicate with the JTAG chain and interact with JTAG devices, such as FPGAs. They will provide an introduction to board testing using the JTAG chain, explain how to describe a circuit to enable JTAG testing and how to run an infrastructure connection test. Finally, the trainers will outline how to test non-JTAG elements of a board design using boundary scan.

“Design, development and test engineers in many leading companies are utilising JTAG to see ever more deeply inside their systems without having to rely on expensive test fixtures,” added Stuart White, XJTAG’s workshop co-ordinator. “This is a great opportunity for engineers to see for themselves the speed, power and versatility of boundary scan. That’s why we are offering these education-based workshops which we plan to take on the road in 2009.”

The XJTAG development system is a cost-effective solution for debugging, testing and programming electronic printed circuit boards and systems throughout the product lifecycle. XJTAG reduces the time and cost of board development by allowing early development of reconfigurable test scripts that can be used from design validation through prototype debugging and on into manufacturing.

XJTAG is used across a variety of sectors by market-leading companies (designers, developers, OEMs and contract manufacturers) including, among others, Aeroflex, ARM, CRFS, Curtiss-Wright, DiagnoSYS, nCipher, Thales UK, TVonics and Westinghouse Rail Systems.

To book a place on the XJTAG autumn workshops (one person per company only), register at

For more information about the workshops, please contact XJTAG, The Irwin Centre, Scotland Road, Dry Drayton, Cambridge CB23 8AR, UK. Telephone +44 (0) 1954 213888, fax +44 (0) 1954 211565 or email Alternatively, visit

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XJTAG is a leading global supplier of IEEE Std. 1149.x compliant boundary scan development systems. XJTAG offers a highly competitive solution for designers and developers of electronic printed circuit boards and systems. Utilising XJTAG allows the circuit development and manufacturing process to be shortened significantly by facilitating early development of reconfigurable and re-useable test scripts that can be used from design validation through prototype debugging and on into manufacturing.

The XJTAG development system enables engineers to test a high proportion of the circuit (both JTAG and non-JTAG/cluster devices) including BGA and chip scale packages, such as SDRAMs, Ethernet controllers, video interfaces, Flash memories, FPGAs and microprocessors. XJTAG also enables In-System Programming of FPGAs, CPLDs and Flash memories, and XJTAG clients have access to a library of device-centric test scripts.

XJTAG is based in Cambridge, UK, and is part of the Cambridge Technology Group. XJTAG has a global network of distributors servicing Europe, the Far East, North and South America, the Middle East and Australasia.

Media contact (for XJTAG):

Martin Brooke
Martin Brooke Associates
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 244500

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