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In-System Emulation technology VarioTAP® expands to support Xilinx® FPGA

04-07-2010 10:01 AM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: GOEPEL electronics Ltd.

Jena; Las Vegas NV – At the 2010 IPC APEX Expo, GOEPEL electronic announces the development of model libraries for Xilinx® FPGAs with integrated PowerPC® cores for support of GOEPEL electronic’s innovative emulation technology VarioTAP®.
VarioTAP® model libraries are structured modular with IP (Intellectual Property) functions and enable a complete fusion of Boundary Scan test and JTAG Emulation. In addition to interlaced Bus Emulation Tests (BET) and System Emulation Tests (SET) for enhanced JTAG/Boundary Scan functionality, VarioTAP® also supports the in-system programming (ISP) of external Flash devices.

“We see the trend of increasing use of FPGA based system-on-chip designs with embedded processors, high-complexity functions, and high-speed peripherals continue in the future. With VarioTAP we open up totally new opportunities for board level test and in-system programming for users of Xilinx devices with integrated PowerPC Cores”, Bettina Richter, Corporate Marketing Manager at GÖPEL electronic, is glad to announce. “These new VarioTAP models allow our customers to first program the FPGA and then to combine structural Boundary Scan tests, dynamic emulation tests, mixed-signal tests, and Flash in-system programming in one platform. This concept not only improves the JTAG/Boundary Scan fault coverage considerably, but also enables significant cost reductions in production test.”

The two new VarioTAP® IP Models, supporting the PowerPC405 Core integrated in Virtex-II Pro and Virtex-4 FPGA, and the PowerPC440 processors in Virtex-5 FXT FPGAs, were developed in close cooperation with the company iSYSTEM, who joined the GOEPEL partner program GATE™ about a year ago. Control over the cores can be gained through a separate JTAG debug interface or through the native JTAG TAP of the Xilinx FPGA, enabling processor controlled Flash programming as well as a wide variety of emulation test functions.
The adaptive streaming of TAP signal pattern creates the opportunity to execute emulation tests and Boundary Scan tests in parallel or interactively within one test program, without a limit of the number of supported TAPs. Utilising the hardware platform SCANFLEX®, for example, up to eight TAP can be controlled independently and simultaneously with other I/O resources. Scripts for Flash programming are generated automatically. In addition to the execution of customer specific program code, IP functions for bus emulation and system emulation tests enable functional tests of On-Chip interfaces and externally connected periphery without the need for prior firmware download.

In order to use VarioTAP®, the user does not need any specific background knowledge, additional development tools, or processor specific Pods, simplifying the handling and ensuring ease of use.
Through OEM cooperation with all leading vendors of In-Circuit-Testers (ICT), Manufacturing Defect Analyzers (MDA), Flying Probe Testers (FPT), and Functional Testers (FCT), these new capabilities are available immediately for production tests with such test equipment.

The new VarioTAP® IP Models are supported by the Boundary Scan software SYSTEM CASCON™ Version 4.5.3, in combination with Boundary Scan controllers of the SCANBOOSTER® series and the SCANFLEX® hardware platform. The models are enabled by the software’s license manager just like any of its other features. SYSTEM CASCON™ is a professional JTAG/Boundary Scan development environment, developed by GOEPEL electronic, featuring currently more than 40 fully integrated ISP, test, and debug tools.

GOEPEL electronic is a worldwide leading vendor of advanced JTAG/Boundary Scan solutions and a technology innovator of IP based instrumentation. With more than 100 product launches the company grew into the biggest innovator in the market within the last five years. A network of branch offices, distributors and service partners ensures the global availability of products and services and provides support for the more than 7,000 system installations. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Jena, Germany, GOEPEL electronic currently employs about 160 employees and generated revenue of 17.9 Million Euro in 2009. GOEPEL electronic has continuously been ISO 9001 certified since 1996 and has been honoured with TOP-JOB and TOP-100 awards for being one of the best medium-sized companies in Germany. GOEPEL electronic’s products won several awards in recent years and are used by the leading companies in telecommunication, automotive, space and avionics, industrial controls, medical technology, and other industries. Further information about the company and its products can be found on the internet at www.goepel.com.

GOEPEL electronics Ltd.
Unit 1A
The Old Granary
Westwick, Cambridge
CB24 3AR/UK

Phone +44-1223-858298
Fax +44-1223-257800
www.goepel.co.uk

Stefan Meissner
press@goepel.com

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