GOEPEL Electronic Increases Engagement in Open Source Initiative goJTAG by New Demo Kit


Within the framework of the goJTAG initiative GOEPEL electronic has developed a new demonstration kit. In addition to the USB 2.0 controlled Boundary Scan controller PicoTAP(TM) and respective software, it contains a specific demo board for practical exercises.

The networking founded by various universities and the Company Testonica Lab pursues the goal to provide the industry JTAG/Boundary Scan tools and knowledge based on an independent and non-commercial platform, sustainably accelerating the wide adoption of standardized IEEE 1194.x test methods. The centre piece of GOEPEL electronic's engagement is the provision of free hardware and respective reference designs.

"The response to the goJTAG initiative so far has significantly exceeded our expectations", says Frank Amm, Third Party Relations Manager with GOEPEL electronic. "At the same time, the huge interest has emphasized the topic's importance to the industry as well as its significance for research and education. Developing the goJTAG demo kit has been meeting the great demand for supplementing the theoretical basics by practical exercises".

The open-source project goJTAG is the first platform providing IEEE 1149.1 training software that can be run in both simulation mode as well as online mode. The tool enables numerous graphical displays on various levels. In the online mode users are able to utilise the software for the new demo board for individual projects without restrictions. Additionally, the goJTAG software includes simulation components that fully reveal every single bit movement along the scan chains with a single TCK precision. Hence, users are able to step-wise control TAP states and observe system's reaction in a real time as an on-screen simulation. Such a detailed illustration of JTAG/Boundary Scan test principles has not been possible so far.

The source code written in JAVA(TM) is freely accessible and can be changed under the generally terms and conditions for open-source software. Furthermore, the reference designs for the specifically developed controller PicoTAP(TM) and the new demo board are available for non-commercial applications free-of-charge.

As part of the support GOEPEL electronic will soon provide a contingency of 20 goJTAG demo kits for free.

Additional information can be found at www.goJTAG.com.

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. $31 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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