GOEPEL Software Targets ESA

March 12, 2012. Version 4.6 of GOEPEL electronic's SYSTEM CASCON boundary-scan software platform holistically supports all Embedded System Access (ESA) technologies. The formal announcement of version 4.6 follows on the heels of GOEPEL's introduction last week of ESA Coach, an ESA technologies evaluation and training kit that shipped with a demo version of SYSTEM CASCON version 4.6.

The new release fundamentally extends the software platform’s focus towards the overall paradigm change to non-intrusive test and programming procedures, GOEPEL reports. SYSTEM CASCON 4.6 is complemented by a series of basically new system tools and features that support in particular holistic development, validation, and execution of ESA projects.

SYSTEM CASCON V 4.6 exploits the integrated features for adaptive access management, process automation, and graphical project development for all relevant ESA technologies. In addition to IEEE 1149.x, particular targets are processor emulation test (PET), FPGA assisted test (FAT), core assisted programming (CAP), FPGA assisted programming (FAP), and chip-embedded instrumentation. Utilizing a special dynamic data management capability enables a fusion between the single technologies during the operation—additional interactive operations are possible. For example, specific guarding conditions can be created on the unit under test (UUT) per boundary scan. This is the precondition to a targeted application of chip embedded instruments controlled by ChipVORX. The solution’s necessary openness is achieved by an independent model library for component description, processor IP, and FPGA IP. It consistently follows the principle of software reconfigurable instrumentation up to hardware level.

“What started with boundary scan 20 years ago, today presents as a team of more than a dozen complementary technologies for Embedded System Access. With our enhanced software platform we are the first vendor being able to unite the entire potential of these innovative test and programming strategies into a completely integrated and organically grown environment,” says Thomas Wenzel, managing director of GOEPEL electronic’s JTAG/Boundary Scan Division. “In contrast to other vendors, we put particular emphasis to extraordinary integration and interaction opportunities to the classic intrusive methodologies such as in-circuit-test or flying prober, providing our customers an additional value in test quality by combination solutions. This philosophy gives us a top position in regards to the on-going paradigm change.”

SYSTEM CASCON is a professional JTAG/boundary scan development environment developed by GOEPEL electronic with currently 47 completely integrated ISP, test, and debug tools for design validation, production test, and field service. Regarding the hardware, SYSTEM CASCON is supported by several controllers, such as PicoTAP, elements of the SCANBOOSTER family, and the SCANFLEX hardware platform. SYSTEM CASCON 4.6 is free for customers with valid maintenance contracts.

GOEPEL electronic, www.goepel.com.

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