GOEPEL Opens System Cascon for Third-Party Tools

May 3, 2013. In cooperation with selected partners within its GATE Alliance Program, GOEPEL electronic has developed an Inter Process Link (IPL) for its System Cascon JTAG/boundary-scan software platform.

The solution enables external tools to directly access the system internal project database, additionally supporting interactive operations to handle data and control commands. As a result, special software tools such as analyzers, visualizers, and generators can be coupled to and controlled by System Cascon for targeted extension of the platform’s performance.

“In particular the increasing chip embedded instruments utilization offers a variety of new test and measurement applications. Within this context, the seamless coupling with complementary third-party software tools is a critical element for practical usage, which we specially addressed with the newly developed interface,” says Stefan Meissner, GOEPEL’s spokesman. “Furthermore, we extend the scalability, flexibility, and openness of System Cascon as leading platform for the holistic implementation of Embedded System Access strategies.”

About the Inter Process Link

The newly developed IPL is a bidirectional integration interface that enables external software tools to have nearly unlimited dynamic access to the internal data base of System Cascon, including project data, object states, and system information. At the same time, interactive control mechanisms are implemented, enabling a seamless connection to and utilization of respective third-party software. The solution’s universality allows for interaction with numerous complementary software tools, ranging from special data processors or process visualizers to complete pattern generators or signal analyzers.

Embedded System Access

ESA technologies enable the electrical access to embedded systems without utilizing mechanical nails or probe contacts (non-invasive methods). They apply design-integrated test and debug interfaces such as JTAG. In addition to boundary scan, ESA technologies include procedures like chip embedded instrumentation, processor emulation test, in-system programming, or core assisted programming. ESA technologies embrace strategies for validation, test, and debug as well as programming complex chips, boards, and complete units. They can be utilized throughout the entire product life cycle and enable for increased test coverage at reduced costs.

The new Inter Process Link will be supported in System Cascon starting from version 4.6.2, and will be activated per license manager within the context of a respective software tool’s release.


See related article “Board test, inspection, and programming get boost.”


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