Product News: Software
Application Program Generator supports chip embedded instruments.
Press Release Summary:
October 8, 2012 - Available as option within SYSTEM CASCON™ JTAG/Boundary Scan software, Automatic Application Program Generator enables automatic generation of application scripts for chip embedded test and measurement instruments. It works on mission basis and connects specific instrument information, integrated in ChipVORX model, with system-internal database for structural and functional UUT description. Additionally, software can generate scripts for graphical control panels to support interactive debugging.
Original Press Release
GOEPEL Electronic Automates Utilization of Chip Embedded Instruments
Press release date: October 2, 2012
The new generator is another option within the integrated JTAG/Boundary Scan software platform SYSTEM CASCON™. It enables the automatic generation of complete application scripts for chip embedded test and measurement instruments, e.g. chip-dependent instrument selection, implementation (for FPGA), addressing, configuration and procedural control as well as qualification of the generated data. Additionally, the software is able to generate scripts for graphical control panels in order to support interactive debugging.
“We have recognized the potential of chip embedded instruments early on, but also analyzed the difficulty of their practical utilization within the framework of a universal JTAG/Boundary Scan platform. The new Application Program Generator allows us to provide a completely new level in process automation”, says Thomas Wenzel, Managing Director of GOEPEL electronics’ Boundary Scan Division. “In addition to an increase in project development efficiency, applications become safer and debugging more simple. At the same time, we contribute to intensifying the utilization of Chip embedded Instruments as part of our corporate philosophy of Embedded System Access.”
About the Automatic Application Program Generator (AAPG):
The AAPG is a versatile tool providing for the utilization of any chip embedded instrument. It works on a mission basis and connects the specific instrument information, integrated in a ChipVORX model, with the system-internal data base for structural and functional Unit Under Test (UUT) description. The result of fully automated script generation is based on GOEPEL electronic’s Boundary Scan standard language CASLAN (CAScon LANguage). It can be executed with each Run-Time station in the SYSTEM CASCON software without further options. Also, Gang applications are supported.
Because CASLAN is also the central control language for all additional operations such as Boundary Scan or Processor Emulation Test, interactive test procedures for even higher test coverage are easily possible.
The new AAPG is supported as standard starting from SYSTEM CASCON™ version 4.6.2 and is activated by the license manager like the system software. The new option is free-of-charge for customers with a valid maintenance contract. SYSTEM CASCON™ is a professional JTAG/Boundary Scan development environment, developed by GOEPEL electronic with currently 47 completely integrated ISP, test, and debug tools for the support of all Embedded System Access technologies.
About Chip embedded Instruments:
Chip embedded Instruments are permanently integrated or temporarily implemented test and measurement functions (TM) in an integrated circuit. Virtually, they are the counterpart to external TM instruments as they don’t require invasive contacting by means of probes or nails. Hence, the problem of signal distortion in high-speed designs by parasitic contacting effects is omitted. Chip embedded Instruments are part of the so called Embedded System Access (ESA) technologies, featuring methods such as Boundary Scan, Processor Emulation Test, in-system programming or Core assisted Programming. ESA technologies are currently the most modern strategy for validation, test and debug as well as programming of complex boards and systems. They can be utilized throughout the entire product life cycle, enabling improved test coverage at reduced costs.
ChipVORX is an IP-based technology for implementation, access and control of Chip embedded Instruments via IEEE Std. 1149.x/JTAG. It also supports FPGA embedded Instruments in the form of softcores. The ChipVORX library currently contains more than 300 different test and measurement instruments for all leading FPGA platforms. Some of these instruments are frequency meters, high-speed Flash programmer as well as IP for at-speed access test of dynamic RAM devices. The usage of ChipVORX requires neither expert background knowledge nor specific FPGA tools or continuous IP adjustments.
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 www.goepel.com.
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