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Corelis introduces High-Performance I2C Bus Analyzer, Exerciser, Debugger, Tester and Programmer

Corelis’ CAS-1000-I2C™ High-Performance I2C Bus Analyzer, Exerciser, Debugger, Tester, and Programmer with JTAG controller supports I2C data rates up to 5 Mbits/sec.

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Cerritos, CA, December 27, 2005 — Corelis Inc., introduced today a High-Performance I2C Bus Analyzer, Exerciser, Debugger, Tester and Programmer targeted at laboratory, development, production/manufacturing and field environments.  The CAS-1000-I2C™ is an advanced instrument used in the monitoring and testing of devices and systems incorporating one or more I2C buses. The CAS-1000-I2C can be used to monitor in real-time and log I2C bus traffic, generate traffic to exercise the bus and communicate to its components, program in-system EEPROMs, validate bus specification compliance, confirm protocol of bus traffic, and emulate I2C compatible devices that are not yet physically connected to the bus.  The CAS-1000-I2C also includes a JTAG controller that, when used with Corelis optional ScanExpress software, can perform boundary-scan interconnect testing and in-system programming of flash memories and CPLDs.

Because of its rich feature set, reliability, portability and ease-of use, the CAS-1000-I2C can be used in a wide variety of applications, such as product development, troubleshooting, validation, system integration, production, and field testing.  32-bit Windows® 2000/XP host software included with the CAS-1000-I2C provides highly user-friendly GUI control/visibility of the CAS-1000-I2C, including set-up, options, traffic visibility screens, and test actions.  For integrating the CAS-1000-I2C into a new or existing test environment, the API included with the CAS-1000-I2C can be used to operate the CAS-1000-I2C from third party software applications such as National Instruments’ LabWindows/CVI and LabView software.

“The I2C bus was initially developed by Philips for basic communication between devices. It has since evolved, increasing in performance and finding many new applications including data transfer and system-level command-and-control.” said Steve Hartman, product marketing manager of Corelis Inc. “Consequently, it is important to have reliable tools that can support not only the current testing and simulation requirements but also future requirements.”

The CAS-1000-I2C supports Standard, Fast and High-Speed mode I2C bus data rates up to 5 Mbits/sec and uses a high-speed USB 2.0 interface for easy connection to a PC.  The host PC supplies operating power to the unit and the hot-plug feature of the USB standard is fully supported.  You simply plug the CAS-1000-I2C into a PC USB 2.0 socket and it will be automatically detected, configured, and ready for use.

For those applications that require in-system programming of serial EEPROMs, the CAS-1000-I2C provides easy-to-use high-speed in-system programming of I2C compatible serial EEPROMs.  Users can program the devices in-system and at maximum programming speed – typically in several seconds (depending on the memory size).  The CAS-1000-I2C supports most common I2C EEPROM devices, including those from Atmel, Microchip, Xicor and other device manufacturers. Additional devices and manufacturers support is being added by Corelis on a regular basis.

The CAS-1000-I2C also fully supports the System Management Bus (SMBus).  The SMBus was defined by Intel® Corporation and is based on the principles of operation of the I2C bus, providing a control bus for system and power management related tasks.  It is commonly used in personal computers and servers for low-speed system management communications.

The CAS-1000-I2C is available in 2 different models (/A and /E) with a list price starting at $3,950.

Corelis Inc., offers a broad line of test, development and analysis products that combine exceptional ease-of-use with advanced technical innovation. Corelis also provides custom test engineering services and is well known for its outstanding customer support.

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