Electronic Design

Software Promotes Easy-To-Use Boundary Scan

Bringing up a new board is always a challenge, especially with hard-to-probe surface-mount components. Macraigor's J-Scan boundary-scan software simplifies this job via its diagnostic tool. At $1895, it's significantly less expensive than more sophisticated boundary-scan solutions that typically address the problem from a system-test and quality-assurance view. J-Scan targets board developers who need to interactively work with the system to find shorts and faults. The drag-and-drop design interface makes quick work of system design. Developers can check and set any value in the scan change using the graphical display. The system can even program flash memory and FPGAs. Designers unfamiliar with boundary scan can get a quick start thanks to video and online tutorials.


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