At the 2013 International Test Conference, GOEPEL electronic, world-class Boundary Scan vendor and iSYSTEM, innovative tool provider for embedded software design announce the market introduction of another new development within the framework of a long-term strategic cooperation for Embedded System Access (ESA) technologies.
The innovation named iTIC seamlessly integrates a complete on-chip debugger in the form of a TAP Interface Card (TIC) into the ESA hardware platform SCANFLEX® for the first time. On this basis, it brings together technologies for non-intrusive software and hardware validation and test with unprecedented compatibility.
The iTIC, controlled via the TAP Interface Cards’ internal standard interface, supports all procedures for software debugging as well as any technologies for Embedded System Access, such as Boundary Scan, Processor Emulation Test, FPGA Assisted Test and in-system programming of Flash and PLD.
“The new iTIC is a highly important milestone for the holistic implementation of our Embedded System Access philosophy. The successful cooperation with our long-term, partner iSYSTEM enables us to support a considerably higher number of microprocessors and, furthermore, exploit synergies between different applications to an even greater degree”, says Thomas Wenzel, Managing Director of GOEPEL electronic’s JTAG/Boundary Scan Division. “The opportunity to execute all procedures on one platform brings users added efficiency in design validation and flexibility in test throughout the entire product life cycle.”
“In recent years, we systematically extended our tools‘ connectivity for embedded software development and test and associated partnerships with vendors of complementary products to create significant added values in operational efficiency and performance for our customers“, explains Erol Simsek, CEO with iSYSTEM AG. “Based on the intensive cooperation with GOEPEL electronic as market leader for Embedded System Access technologies, we will continue this course, and, additionally, extend our activities as OEM vendor.”
About the iTIC module:
The iTIC is already the seventh member in the TAP Interface Card (TIC) family, controlled via a differential interface. That means, all existing installations can be simply upgraded.
The differential coupling enables trouble-free data transfer up to 80 MHz over distances of up to four meters. There will be no performance loss because runtime delays of cables and units under test (UUT) can be individually compensated per TAP by means of the ADYCS™ technology. As a result, the iTIC can be integrated into application critical environments such as In-Circuit test fixtures.
Designed as an active test head, the iTIC supports a multitude of different operations and process architectures. These include standards such as IEEE1149.1, IEEE1149.6, IEEE1149.7, IEEE1532 and IEEE-ISTO 5001, and numerous non-JTAG interfaces like BDM (Background Debug Mode), SBW (Spy-Bi-Wire), SWD (Serial Wire Debug) and many more. The target interface can be completely galvanically isolated via relays.
The iTIC is supported in the leading JTAG/Boundary Scan software SYSTEM CASCON™ and automatically detected by the AutoDetect feature. Through OEM cooperation with all leading vendors of In-Circuit testers (ICT), Manufacturing Defect Analysers (MDA), Flying Probers (FPT) and Functional Test systems (FCT), the new solution is available immediately for production test applications.
About Embedded System Access (ESA):
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 Instruments, Processor Emulation Test, In-system Programming or Core Assisted Programming. ESA technologies are currently the most modern 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, enabling increased test coverage at reduced costs.
About GOEPEL electronic:
GOEPEL electronic is a worldwide leading vendor of innovative electronic and optical test and inspection systems, being the market leader for professional JTAG/Boundary Scan solutions for Embedded System Access (ESA). A network of branch offices, distributors and service partners ensures the global availability of the products as well as the support of the more than 8,000 system installations. Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Jena/Germany, GOEPEL electronic employs currently more than 200 employees and generated a revenue of 27 Million Euro in 2012 (ca. $36 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.
iSYSTEM is a privately held company headquartered in Germany, close to Munich. Since its foundation in 1986, iSYSTEM is an independent manufacturer and provider of embedded software debugging and test tools. Beside standard products iSYSTEM offers development and production services for custom designs, projects and OEM products.
iSYSTEM’s Blue Box Technology stands for fast and easy microcontroller access via any kind of microcontroller debug interface. No matter whether one is developing, debugging or testing embedded software on a real target system. iSYSTEM’s open and integrated Debug and Test Software enables engineers to drive a Blue Box and the corresponding development.
iSYSTEM tools mainly do support safety and security application development. Thus, control software development in markets such as Automotive/Transportation, Railway, Avionics, and Medical where customers require high sophisticated functionality, test automation support, services and certification. Markets like Industrial, Telecom, and Consumer do benefit from this software configurable tool portfolio by adopting it easily to their actual needs.
iSYSTEM specializes in embedded development and test tools, provides debugger and analyzer solutions for more than 50 CPU architectures and their derivatives (3000+ microcontrollers). The Windows and/or Eclipse based development environment is easy to learn and use. The flexible integration and application of iSYSTEM solutions within the entire development process is enabled by open and public interfaces (APIs).
iSYSTEM maintains long standing and close relationships with all major semiconductor, operating system and compiler companies worldwide. This guarantees quick tool availability and the highest level of integration.
iSYSTEM is a ISO9001:2008 certified company.