The recently launched sixth generation Intel Core processors codenamed Skylake are now also supported with special model libraries for testing and validation. The libraries, called VarioTAP models, allow flexible execution of processor emulation tests using the processor’s native debug interface.
Thereby the CPUs can be used as embedded test tools for design validation of prototypes and production test applications.The processors with the Skylake microarchitecture were introduced in August 2015 as a successor to the Broadwell architecture. Like its predecessors, they are manufactured in a 14 nm process, thus offering higher CPU and GPU performance with reduced energy requirements. The development and verification of the VarioTAP models was realized in cooperation with the company Congatec, using the fanless, sealed COM Express Module TC170.
The BGA socket and the new LGA 1151 socket of the Skylake processors typically do not allow direct contact with external instruments. VarioTAP offers embedded instruments for test, hardware debug and design validation even after mounting. Users in the field of OEM, EDM and EMS can now refer to new tools to accelerate prototyping, shorten time frames for New Product Introduction (NPI), and ensure the quality of production test with reduced access.
In the context of new product development, GOEPEL electronic has joined the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance as General Member. Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance is a global ecosystem of 200+ member companies that provide the performance, connectivity, manageability, and security developers need to create smart, connected systems. Close collaboration with Intel enables Alliance members to innovate with the latest technologies, helping developers deliver first-in-market solutions.