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GOEPEL electronic enlists chip-embedded instrumentation for high-speed RAM Access Test

09-21-2011 09:30 AM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: GOEPEL electronics Ltd.

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At International Test Conference (ITC) 2011, in Anaheim, CA, GÖPEL electronic announces the development of a series of special ChipVORX® model libraries for FPGA assisted test (FAT) of RAM devices.
Structured as modular, intelligent IP and developed in close cooperation with the company Testonica within the framework of the GATE alliance program, these new ChipVORX models enable high-speed access tests for any kind of Random Access Memory (RAM) devices with full automation of the test development workflow. Users can utilize this new method to close significant holes in fault coverage affecting the test of modern electronics.

„In particular for the access test of the latest generation of DDR-SDRAM devices, traditional Boundary Scan practice is often problematic due to the stringent timing requirements of such memory devices. The new ChipVORX solution utilising FPGA embedded instruments provides a well-suited supplement,” notes Thomas Wenzel, Director of GOEPEL electronic’s JTAG/Boundary Scan Division. „Thanks to an exclusive cooperation with our partner Testonica we were able to completely integrate the new methodology into the automated workflow of our JTAG/Boundary Scan software platform SYSTEM CASCON, offering our customers another mature test strategy to work with”.

Artur Jutman, director of Testonica Lab adds: „We see ChipVORX as a whole new test platform that is tightly integrated with traditional Boundary Scan, opening up a new horizon for testability improvements. The enormous flexibility provided by FPGAs enables a range of test solutions that are limited only by the imagination. The new RAM Access Test IP is another milestone on the path towards an advanced JTAG-controlled embedded instrumentation platform.”

Due to the complete system integration of ChipVORX® IP, the recognition of structural connections between the RAM targets and the FPGA as well as the test program generation (ATPG) and − in the case of detected defects − the pin-level diagnostics are fully automated. The test itself is based on access through a standard IEEE 1149.1 TAP (Test Access Port) and can be executed on any SYSTEM CASCON™ run-time station without additional options, with full support of Gang applications.
Since ChipVORX® IP is target independent, the types of supported RAM devices are not limited. In addition to any kind of static RAM, modern DDR-SDRAM devices are supported. Since the same system libraries are utilised as with normal Boundary-s®can based memory access tests, users can create new RAM models at any time, too.

Currently, ChipVORX® models for RAM Access Test are available for all Altera and Xilinx FPGA families, with others in development. The use of ChipVORX® IP does not require any background knowledge nor any special FPGA tools or recurring IP modifications. Through OEM cooperations with all leading vendors of In-Circuit Testers (ICT), Manufacturing Defect Analysers (MDA), Flying Probe Testers (FPT) and Functional Testers (FCT), this new ChipVORX® based test solution is also available for manufacturing test systems integrating GOEPEL electronic’s Boundary Scan tools.

The new ChipVORX® IP models will be supported starting with SYSTEM CASCON™ version 4.6 and will be enabled through the software’s license manager just like other SYSTEM CASCON™ tools. GOEPEL electronic’s professional JTAG/Boundary Scan development environment SYSTEM CASCON™ currently includes 45 completely integrated tools for in-system programming (ISP), test, debugging, and design validation. In terms of hardware, ChipVORX is supported by all SCANBOOSTER® controllers as well as the platform SCANFLEX®.

About GOEPEL electronic:
GOEPEL electronic is a worldwide leading vendor of professional electronic and optical test and inspection systems. Founded 1991 and headquartered in Jena, Germany, GOEPEL electronic employs currently about 180 employees and generated a revenue of more than 22 Million Euro in 2010 (ca. $31 Mio). GOEPEL electronic has continuously been ISO9001 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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