ASSET InterTech and Arium Join Forces to Increase Visibility into Complex System Development

  ASSET InterTech and Arium Join Forces to Increase Visibility into Complex
  System Development

 Arium’s Intel and ARM hardware-assisted debug tools will be integrated into
          ASSET’s ScanWorks platform for debug, validation and test

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RICHARDSON, Texas -- July 9, 2013

ASSET® InterTech (, the leading supplier of tools for
embedded instrumentation, today acquired Arium (, an Irvine,
Calif., provider of software debug tools for systems based on Intel® and ARM®
processors. Arium’s debug tools will be integrated into ASSET’s ScanWorks®
platform for debug, validation and test, making it the most powerful and
comprehensive non-intrusive toolset for chip and circuit board designers,
manufacturing test engineers and troubleshooting support personnel.

“Arium has a long history – 35 years in fact – of developing innovative
JTAG-based debug and trace tools for that layer of software between the
operating system and the underlying hardware,” said Glenn Woppman, president
and CEO of ASSET InterTech. “Of course, faster software debug on prototypes of
circuit board designs is crucial for moving designs into manufacturing sooner
and accelerating new product introductions, but there is more to this beyond
the tools themselves. By combining the expertise of our two organizations we
are going to be able to help engineers solve a broader spectrum of problems
with the kinds of non-intrusive methodologies that are best suited to today’s
technology; methodologies that work from the inside out, not from the outside

Arium’s software debug and trace capabilities complement the ScanWorks
platform’s ability to access, manage and control test and measurement
instruments embedded in chips. The expanding number of processing cores as
well as the integration of more and more resources into system-on-a-chip (SoC)
devices is causing explosive growth in the volume of software that is required
to interface hardware with operating system software and applications. Arium’s
hardware-assisted debug tools give developers the ability to troubleshoot code
quickly while the company’s trace tools help designers rapidly analyze the
software transactions and interactions among cores, threads and code modules.
Arium’s advanced debug and trace capabilities complement ScanWorks HSIO, a
toolset that lets designers debug and validate the chip-to-chip buses on
circuit boards. By combining these various debug, trace and validation
capabilities, designers will be able to bring up a prototype design faster so
it can be moved into volume manufacturing sooner.

“We are very excited about joining forces with ASSET because we’re convinced
that embedded instrumentation is the technology of the future and it is well
on its way to becoming a necessity for designers,” said Larry Traylor,
president of Arium. “Our tools have been deployed in design for the last 35
years and much has changed during this time. High-speed buses above 5 gigabits
per second are now the norm while SoC architectures and new chip packaging
technologies make it practically impossible to see what’s going on in systems.
The time has come to bring together our strengths in software debug and trace
with the excellent hardware validation and test tools in ScanWorks. Our users
tell us that the software present today is expanding exponentially. That’s
where our tools play a huge role. But users also say that visibility into the
interaction of hardware and software is sorely missing and this is slowing
down new product development. Separately, our tools play distinct roles
addressing these issues, but together they provide a level of visibility not
found anywhere else. Together, ASSET and Arium will be able to shorten
development cycles so our users can begin generating revenue sooner.”

"Intel has a long history of collaboration with both Arium and ASSET InterTech
in enabling and validation work with our customers to bring the latest
innovative Intel-based systems to market," said Hussein Mecklai, vice
president, Intel Architecture Group, general manager, Intel Platform
Validation Engineering. "We look forward to continued work with the combined
expertise of the two companies."

The full terms and conditions of the acquisition agreement between ASSET and
Arium were not disclosed. ASSET acquired all of the assets of Arium and all
Arium employees accepted positions at ASSET. Arium’s user base will continue
to be served by Arium service and support staff.

About ASSET InterTech

ASSET InterTech is a leading supplier to the electronics industry of tools
based on embedded instrumentation. Its ScanWorks platform overcomes the
limitations of external test and measurement equipment by applying
instrumentation embedded in semiconductors to perform chip and circuit board
debug, design validation, manufacturing test and field support. ASSET’s recent
acquisition of Arium, Inc., adds a powerful suite of software debug and trace
tools to the ScanWorks platform. ASSET InterTech is located at 2201 North
Central Expressway, Suite 105, Richardson, TX 75080.

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About Arium

Arium, a privately held company headquartered in Tustin, CA, is a supplier of
hardware and software development tools for Intel® Atom™, Intel® Pentium®,
Intel® Celeron®, Intel® Core™, and Intel® Xeon® Processor Families, among
others. Arium also provides ARM developers with feature-rich, advanced
development tools. Arium tools are used worldwide to debug software in
embedded Linux applications, BIOS, device drivers and OS kernels.

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