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IP Model Library fosters integration of Xilinx Kintex7 FPGAs.
Press Release Summary:
November 6, 2013 - Promoting ChipVORX® technology utilization, IP model library for Xilinx® Kintex7 FPGA family enables fully automatic usage of native design-integrated FPGA for execution of various at-speed test and programming tasks utilizing JTAG interface and special softcores. Without detailed FPGA knowledge, users can test DDR(x) memories, measure cycle frequencies, verify high-speed I/O by BERTs and eye diagram visualization, as well as program Flash memories at high speed.
Original Press Release
GOEPEL Electronic Extends ChipVORX® Technology to Xilinx® Kintex7 FPGA Series
Press release date: October 29, 2013
The libraries described as ChipVORX® models enable the fully automatic usage of a native design-integrated FPGA for execution of various at-speed test and programming tasks utilizing the JTAG interface and special softcores. Without detailed FPGA knowledge, users are now able to test DDR(x) memories, measure cycle frequencies, verify high-speed I/O (HSIO) by Bit Error Rate Tests (BERT) and eye diagram visualization, and program Flash memories at high-speed. Because the method does not require any nail contacting and supports dynamic tests, it addresses basic problems in testing complex electronic units with extremely reduced physical access caused by BGA components, Gbit signals and high density interconnection structures.
“The demand for highly automated FPGA assisted test and programming solutions increases continuously. Our new ChipVORX models for the Xilinx Kintex7 family are designed to unlock this potential for another market-leading FPGA series”, says Bettina Richter, Marketing Manager with GOEPEL electronic. “At the same time, we systematically extend our product range of Embedded System Access strategies for Xilinx FPGA. That means, users may resort to the same tools for implementing their test and programming strategies also when applying different FPGA families.”
About the Kintex7 FPGA family:
The Kintex7 Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices are manufactured in a 28 nm process, providing an optimised combination of price, performance and power consumption. Characteristics such as 32 high-speed GTX transceivers for up to 12.5 GB/s, 500 signal I/O, 34 MB Block RAM, 480,000 logic cells, 1,920 DSP slices, 8 PCI Express channels and analogue Mixed-Signal support make the Kintex7 FPGA highly suitable for development of new product generations in the areas of wireless communication, consumer, embedded systems or broadcast. The FPGA are integrated in Flip-Chip packages with up to 1,156 connections, 1.0 mm grid, not allowing direct contacting with external instruments. ChipVORX has been developed to provide effective tools with minimal access requirements for test, hardware debugging, Flash programming and design validation after chip mounting.
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 500 different test and measurement instruments for all leading FPGA platforms. The usage of ChipVORX® requires neither expert background knowledge nor specific FPGA tools or continuous IP adjustments.
About FPGA Embedded Instruments:
FPGA Embedded Instruments are permanently integrated or temporarily implemented test and measurement functions (T&M) in an FPGA. Virtually, they are the counterpart to external T&M 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. FPGA embedded Instruments are part of the so called Embedded System Access (ESA) technologies that are currently the most modern strategy for validation, test and debug as well as programming of complex boards and systems. They can be utilised throughout the entire product life cycle, enabling improved test coverage at reduced costs.
About the development, funding and availability:
The ChipVORX model development and their integration into respective system software is the result of a strategic cooperation between GOEPEL electronic and Testonica Lab. The ChipVORX® IP models for BERT will be supported in SYSTEM CASCON™ starting from version 4.6.3, and are activated per license manager just like the system software. SYSTEM CASCON™ is GOEPEL electronic’s professional JTAG/Boundary Scan development environment with currently more than 45 fully integrated ISP, test and debug tools. In terms of hardware, ChipVORX is completely supported in the platform SCANFLEX®.
The project upon which this publication is based was funded by the Federal Minister of Education and Research within the frame of the Eurostars funding programme (E! 5568 COMBOARD).
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 8,000 system installations. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Jena/Germany, GOEPEL electronic employs currently more than 200 employees and generated a revenue of 27 Million Euro in 2012 (ca. $36 Mio). 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.
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