GOEPEL electronic has extended the availability of its ChipVORX bit-error-rate-test (BERT) model libraries by adding embedded-test and embedded-programming support for Altera Arria V Series SoC FPGAs.
ChipVORX is a technology for universal control of chip-embedded instruments via JTAG port.
The special ChipVORX models are modular IP that contain all relevant access information for the target FPGA and are part of a comprehensive IP library. The user can select the target FPGA and then enable the desired test or programming function during project development. Fast flash programming, RAM access tests, and universal clock frequency measurement as well as bit error rate tests can be performed without special FPGA knowledge. By design, with integrated test electronics no needles or probes are necessary for contacting the UUT. Application settings for the FPGA images (including the connection between IP and pin) are performed automatically and without FPGA synthesis. Parameters for functions like BERT and frequency measurement are interactively set via control panels and become operative immediately.
The ChipVORX library currently contains more than 300 different test and measurement instruments for leading FPGA platforms. Some of these instruments are frequency meters and high-speed flash programmers, and the library includes IP for at-speed access test of dynamic RAM devices. The use of ChipVORX requires neither expert background knowledge by the user nor special FPGA tools or continuous IP adaptations.