GOEPEL Electronic Accelerates Processor Emulation Tests on Real-Time Level
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GOEPEL electronics LLC
9737 Great Hills Trail, Ste. 170
Austin, TX, 78759
Press release date: November 15, 2011
Jena, Munich - at productronica GOEPEL electronic introduces a new option for Processor Emulation Test (PET) within the frame of the VarioTAP® technology. Because of the direct processor execution the new development enables an accelerated emulation test program implementation up to real-time if necessary. That means a significant increase in dynamic fault coverage in hardware debugging and in production test. Additionally, users may apply new opportunities for implementing time-critical procedures.
"Our straight strategy of combining structural Boundary Scan and functional processor emulation test on a single platform has been welcomed by many customers. The newly available real-time level even improves this synergy significantly", says Thomas Wenzel, Managing Director of GOEPEL electronic's Boundary Scan Division. "Once again we set new performance standards in this area, offering users even more opportunities to implement innovative test strategies for their complex high-speed designs."
Utilizing VarioTAP® means the conversion of the integrated processor to a native design embedded test and programming controller. In addition to Boundary Scan (IEEE Std. 1149.x),the strategy named Processor Emulation Test (PET) is the most modern method in the area of embedded test access technologies at the moment, enabling the functional at-speed test of all peripheral micro controller interfaces, such as RAM, I/O, bus interfaces etc.
Test programs based on the Meta Language FMC (Functional Micro Code) are essential elements. FMC is portable, enabling a processor independent, algorithmic generation of bus vectors. The new option allows the code's real-time execution directly in the target processor, which significantly increases the processing speed compared to conventional methods.
The use of VarioTAP® does not require expert background knowledge, additional development tools or processor-specific pods, which makes the implementation easy and uncomplicated.
To date, more than 500 different processors from Altera, ARM, Atmel, Infineon, Freescale, Intel, NXP, Renesas, Samsung, ST Micro, Texas Instruments, Xilinx and many more are currently supported.
The new VarioTAP features are supported as standard starting from SYSTEM CASCON(TM) version 4.6, and are activated by the licence manager in the system software. Shipping will start in late November 2011, being complementarily available for users with valid maintenance contract. SYSTEM CASCON(TM) is a professional JTAG/Boundary Scan development environment, developed by GOEPEL electronic with currently 45 completely integrated in-system programming (ISP), test, design validation and debug tools.
About GOEPEL electronic:
GOEPEL electronic is a worldwide leading vendor of professional JTAG/Boundary Scan solutions and technology innovator of IP based instrumentation. With more than 100 product launches the company became the biggest innovator in the market within the last five years. A network of branch offices, distributors and service partners ensures the global availability of the products as well as the support of the more than 7,000 system installations. Founded 1991 and headquartered in Jena, Germany, GOEPEL electronic employs currently about 180 employees and generated a revenue of more than 22 Million Euro in 2010 (ca. $31Mio). GOEPEL electronic has continuously been ISO9001 certified since 1996 and has been honoured with TOP-JOB and TOP-100 awards for being one of the best medium-sized companies in Germany. GOEPEL electronic's products won several awards in recent years and are used by the leading companies in telecommunication, automotive, space and avionics, industrial controls, medical technology, and other industries. Further information about the company and its products can be found on the internet at www.goepel.com.