Product News: Software

Model Libraries enable in-system emulation test.

Press Release Summary:

Nov 15, 2012 - Available for AUDO TC17xx microcontrollers from Infineon, VarioTAP® model libraries enable flexible execution of processor emulation tests utilizing native debug interface. Hardware verification and test, as well as Flash memory programming are possible without specific firmware. Processor Emulation Test enables functional at-speed test of all peripheral interfaces. Structured modularly as intelligent IP, processor-specific VarioTAP models enable fusion of Boundary Scan test and JTAG emulation.

Goepel Electronics, Ltd - Austin, TX

Original Press Release

GOEPEL Electronic Introduces In-System Emulation Test for Infineon TriCore Architecture

Press release date: Oct 30, 2012

GOEPEL electronic announces the availability of special model libraries for the AUDO micro controller series TC17xx from Infineon to support the innovative emulation technology VarioTAP®. The libraries, described as VarioTAP® models, enable the flexible execution of processor emulation tests utilizing the native debug interface. On this basis, hardware verification and test, as well as Flash memory programming are possible without specific firmware. 

“Our developments in emulation test are currently focused in particular on automotive applications. Supporting the Infineon TriCore architecture means covering another market-leading processor family”, says Bettina Richter, Marketing Manager with GOEPEL electronic. “At the same, we systematically extend the product portfolio of Embedded System Access strategies for Infineon processors. Hence, users can continuously take advantage in utilizing the same tools to implement their test and programming strategies also when applying different target processor series.”

About the AUDO processor family: 
The AUDO (AUtomotive unifieD processOr) TC17xx micro controller series is based on the TriCore™ architecture, an especially high-performance RISC/DSP/MCU processor core. The wide and scalable product range provides a multitude of options for memory capacities, peripheral interfaces, frequencies and temperature ranges, ideally fitting for automotive applications in the areas of powertrain, body and safety. The micro controllers are integrated in a BGA housing (Ball Grid Array), preventing direct contact with external instruments. The goal of VarioTAP is to provide appropriate tools for test, hardware debug, Flash programming as well as design validation after chip mounting with minimal access issues.

About VarioTAP and the new models:
VarioTAP® enables the reconfiguration of the integrated processor into a native design embedded test and programming controller via the JTAG Debug port. In addition to Boundary Scan (IEEE 1149.x), this test approach, commonly known as Processor Emulation Test (PET) is currently the most modern method in the area of Embedded System Access (ESA) technologies. It enables the functional at-speed test of all peripheral interfaces. The execution of customer-specific software IP is also easily possible. The processor-specific VarioTAP models are structured modularly as intelligent IP, enabling a complete fusion of Boundary Scan test and JTAG emulation. 

The use of VarioTAP® does not require expert background knowledge, additional development tools, processor-specific pods, or any firmware, which makes the handling easy and uncomplicated.

The new VarioTAP IP models are supported in the development and execution software CASCON GALAXY® starting from version 4.6.1, and are activated by the licence manager in the system software. CASCON GALAXY® is a professional JTAG/Boundary Scan development environment, developed by GOEPEL electronic currently with 45 completely integrated ISP, test, and debug tools.

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. $33 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

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