Test & Measurement

Low cost Boundary Scan Controller for PCI Express

16th July 2010
ES Admin
GOEPEL electronic, world-class vendor of JTAG/Boundary Scan solutions compliant with IEEE Std. 1149.x, introduced the SCANBOOSTER/PCIe-DT, a new high-performance, and 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 Express 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.

“Combining the PCI Express bus bandwidth with SCANBOOSTER™ architecture’s flexibility allows us to provide high-performance solutions for cost-sensitive applications”, says Bettina Richter, GOEPEL electronic’s Corporate Marketing Manager. “At the same time, we take account of the tendency of increasing utilisation of PCI Express as part of the solution platform. The cross compatibility to the existing PCI solutions enables our customers a seamless migration. “

SCANBOOSTER/PCIe-DT consists of a PCIe plug-in card coupled with an external TAP transceiver unit, up to four meters apart. 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 SCANBOOSTER™ series or the innovative SCANFLEX® Boundary Scan platform.


SCANBOOSTER/PCIe-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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