New low cost Boundary Scan Controller for PCI Bus

4th March 2010
ES Admin
At the “Embedded World” in Nuremberg/Germany GOEPEL electronic, a world-class vendor of JTAG/Boundary Scan solutions compliant with IEEE Std. 1149.x introduces the SCANBOOSTER/PCI-DT, a new high-performance, low cost Boundary Scan controller, as an addition to the company’s SCANBOOSTER™ product line.
The new Boundary Scan controller is compliant with the PCI bus specification and supports JTAG/Boundary Scan tests, VarioTAP emulation tests, In-System Programming (ISP) for PLD and FPGA, as well as In-System Programming for Flash serial EEPROM devices of moderate size.

“SCANBOOSTER/PCI-DT was developed to open the PCI bus’ high performance for low cost Boundary Scan applications with signal critical distances”, says Bettina Richter, GOEPEL electronic’s Corporate Marketing Manager. “With this step, we not only extend our SCANBOOSTER™ product portfolio but address new utilisations in cost focussed areas.”

SCANBOOSTER/PCI-DT consists of a PCI plug-in card coupled with an external TAP transceiver unit, whereby distances can be up to four meters. It features two separate Test Access Ports (TAPs) and supports a programmable TCK frequency up to 16 MHz. Exchangeable TAP Interface Cards (TIC) make the controller flexible and future-proofed. Test bus parameters such as output and input voltage as well as output and input impedance can be programmed independently for both TAPs.

As additional resources, the controller provides 32 voltage-level-programmable, dynamic Parallel I/O, two ADC/DAC channels, external trigger signals, and three static I/O. Thus, it is ready to be deployed for extended test and PLD/Flash programming operations.

Programs developed for the controller are cross-compatible with any controller of the SCANBOOSTERr™ series or the innovative SCANFLEX® Boundary Scan platform.

SCANBOOSTER/PCI-DT is fully supported by the industry leading Boundary Scan software SYSTEM CASCON™. SYSTEM CASCON™ is the only completely integrated development environment with a powerful Mixed-Signal programming language (CASLAN) for IEEE Std.1149.x, featuring more than 40 tools for Automatic Test Program Generation (ATPG), pin-fault diagnostics, VarioTAP® emulation test, in-system programming (ISP), debugging, schematic and layout visualisation, and more.

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