Alliance Support Partners (ASP) Launches ISP Program-Development Service for Board-Test Users

Concord, CA. February 14, 2007. Alliance Support Partners (ASP) now offers cost-effective ISP program-development services to OEMs, CMs, and other third-party service providers who need to program ISP devices on in-circuit or functional testers.

ASP provides several levels of services to users of board-test equipment, ranging from integration of an existing device algorithm with an ICT or functional test program to development of a new device algorithm. Turnkey service can include optional off-shore manufacturing support. The ISP program-development services are available to users of most PC-based test systems and programming stations, including industry-leading test platforms from Agilent, CheckSum, GenRad, Teradyne, and others.

Generally, the best opportunity for on-board programming is during the board-test stage, using the test system as the programming station, said Harold Ng, Business Development Manager, ASP. However, creating and implementing programming algorithms can be challenging for many manufacturers. ASP is the ideal partner for outsourcing ISP program development because we have a unique combination of engineering expertise, proven hands-on experience, and a comprehensive library of device algorithms.

The ASP device algorithm library covers all of the most common Serial Flash/EEPROM devices such as those from Microchip, Atmel, and STMicro. The ASP device library also includes algorithms for complex microprocessors containing on-board Flash/EEPROM, including the TMS470, MPC5XX, and HC9S12.

ASP’s extensive library supports popular programming interfaces such as Nexus, JTAG, BDM, PIC, DPI, I2C, Microwire, SPI, RS232, and others. ASP is experienced at providing solutions to difficult configurations such as programming external Flash via an on-board microprocessor.

ASP was established in March 2004 by former managers of Teradyne’s board-test business. For more information, contact ASP at: 5036 Commercial Circle, Unit C, Concord, CA 94520-8571, 925.363.5382,,

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