Electronic Design

Boundary-Scan Debug/Programming Tool Gains Speed

J-SCAN Version 2.1, the newest release of its high-speed, low-cost boundary-scan debug and programming tool, allows circuit designers to facilitate early test development, thereby shortening the development cycle and prototyping process. J-SCAN Version 2.1 communicates to the target with a USB 2.0- and USB 1.1-compatible interface that runs in high-speed or full-speed mode. This gives a performance increase of more than 10X compared to the previous version of J-SCAN. Additionally, J-SCAN 2.1 has full support for serial peripheral interface (SPI) flash programming, supporting those systems using field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and other embedded devices.

J-SCAN provides significant advantages compared to logic analyzers and oscilloscope probes, permitting designers to observe the behavior of the pins under a ball grid array (BGA) device in real time on their PCs. The J-SCAN debug and programming tool also allows designers to manually place the pins to any logic state with a simple point-and-click of the mouse. Engineers can observe logic state transitions and instruction addresses sent and received across individual pins, providing an unprecedented level of visibility in debugging SOCs, integrated components and new board designs.


J-SCAN is available for order now. The kit includes the J-SCAN debug and programming software, USB 2.0 interface cable, demo board, power supply, and Getting Started tutorial manual.


The J-Scan kit cost $1895.


Visit www.JSCAN.com.

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