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GOEPEL electronic automates Utilisation of Chip Embedded Instruments

19 September 2012 - GOEPEL electronic announces the development of an Automatic Application Program Generator (AAPG) for the utilisation of Chip embedded Instruments based on the ChipVORX technology.  The new generator is another option within the integrated JTAG/Boundary Scan software platform SYSTEM CASCON. The AAPG is a versatile tool providing for the utilisation of any chip embedded instrument.

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 analysed 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 utilisation of Chip embedded Instruments as part of our corporate philosophy of Embedded System Access.”  

The AAPG is a versatile tool providing for the utilisation 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 (T&M) in an integrated circuit. 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. 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 utilised throughout the entire product life cycle, enabling improved test coverage at reduced costs.

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