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GOEPEL Electronic Accelerates Graphical Boundary Scan Project Development for Multi Board Designs

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GOEPEL Electronic Accelerates Graphical Boundary Scan Project Development for Multi Board Designs

Press release date: October 10, 2012

In cooperation with the company ASTER Technologies, GOEPEL electronic developed a new version of the ScanVision™ tool suite for Boundary Scan design visualization. The further development solves the problem of multi board design visualization at the layout and schematic level, enabling a significantly improved level of productivity in project development as well as fault analysis on the production stage.

“The increasing penetration of Boundary Scan technology into testing complete systems puts new demands on visualization tools, which we are able to meet with our enhanced ScanVision tools”, says Bettina Richter, GOEPEL electronic’s Marketing Manager. “In addition to continuing the long-term cooperation with our partner ASTER, we facilitate the hierarchical utilization of Boundary Scan throughout the entire product life cycle.” 

Christophe Lotz, President of ASTER Technologies says: “ASTER is proud to have strong relationships with our strategic partners and have the opportunity to work together in developing advanced technology to meet the ever increasing demands of the Boundary Scan market.”

About the new ScanVision tool suite:
Basically, ScanVision™ consists of the three elements Layout Visualizer, Schematic Visualizer and Virtual Schematic Visualizer. All components are integral parts of the Boundary Scan system software SYSTEM CASCON™, using a consistent project data base. This data base is generated by importing individual design data and interconnection referencing. For this purpose, appropriate tools are the CASCON Board Merger™ and CASCON Component Explorer™.

Using this information provides opportunities for interactive cross-probing between schematic and layout, selective labelling of pins, components and circuits, as well as tracking of signal paths via multiple boards with dynamic switching. That enables operations such as test coverage analysis, hardware debugging or graphical fault display far above the board boundaries up to system level.
The enhanced ScanVision tools are integrated as standard starting from SYSTEM CASCON™ version 4.6.1 and are activated by the licence manager like the system software. For customers with a valid maintenance contract the new features are free of charge. SYSTEM CASCON™ is a professional JTAG/Boundary Scan development environment, developed by GOEPEL electronic currently with 45 completely integrated ISP, test, and debug tools for the support of all Embedded System Access technologies.

About Boundary Scan:
Boundary Scan (IEEE Std. 1149.x) is a technology for embedded access of IC pins by way of integrated scan cells. They form a shift register controlled via the Test Access Port (TAP). The principle was developed as an alternative to In-Circuit Test (ICT) to avoid the utilization of nail probe contact.
Boundary Scan is part of the so called Embedded System Access (ESA) technologies, containing procedures such as Chip Embedded Instruments, Processor Emulation Test, In-System Programming or Core Assisted Programming. ESA technologies are currently the most modern strategies for validation, test and debug as well as programming of complex boards and systems. They can be applied throughout the entire product life cycle, enabling enhanced test coverage at reduced costs.

About GOEPEL electronic:
GOEPEL electronic is a worldwide leading vendor of innovative electronic and optical test and inspection systems, being the market leader for professional JTAG/Boundary Scan solutions for Embedded System Access (ESA). 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 7,500 system installations. Founded 1991 and headquartered in Jena, Germany, GOEPEL electronic employs currently about 200 employees and generated a revenue of 26 Million Euro in 2011 (ca. $35 Mio). GOEPEL electronic has continuously been ISO9001 certified since 1996 and has been honored 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

About ASTER Technologies:
ASTER is the leading supplier in Board-Level Testability analysis tools, capitalizing on proven expertise in board testability and strong customer relations. Founded in 1993, ASTER develops a wide range of products dealing with PCB Testability, Viewing and Quality Management. ASTER provides a complete suite of proven solutions, used by many PCB design and manufacturing companies worldwide that provides a unique approach to identify electrical testability requirements and compute theoretical test coverage early in the design chain. For more information about the company and its solutions, please visit or call ASTER on +33 299 83 01 01

Press Contact:
GOEPEL electronic GmbH  Tel: +49-3641-6896-739
Stefan Meissner    Fax: +49-3641-6896-944
Goeschwitzer Str. 58-60/66  Email:
D-07745 Jena    URL:

Sales Contact USA:
GOEPEL electronics LLC   Tel.: +1 512 782 2500
David Whetstone   Fax: +1 734 471 1444
9737 Great Hills Trail, Ste. 170  Email:
Austin, TX 78759   Web:


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