San Jose--July 27, 1998--Altera Corp. (San Jose)announced the availability of the new SVF2JAM utility for the Jamprogramming and test language, which allows users to convert existing SVFfiles to Jam files. PLD vendors such as Atmel Corp., Lattice SemiconductorCorp., Philips Semiconductor, Vantis Corp., and Xilinx, Inc. support the SVFfile format, which allows them to support the Jam language as well. Designers can thus pick-and-choose any PLD that offers JTAG-basedin-system programmability (ISP) and SVF file support.
The Jam programming and test language is a vendor- andplatform-independent interpreted language for programming devices via theIEEE standard 1149.1 TAP controller, commonly known as JTAG. It allows the specification of both the programming data and theprogramming algorithm in a single file. Once created, a Jam file containsall the information required to program a specific design into a targeteddevice.
There are two software components in the Jam programming solution: the JamComposer and the Jam Player. The Jam Composer writes the Jam file requiredto program a specific design into a specific device. The Jam Playerinterprets the Jam file and programs the target device. Those elementscreate a universal language and toolset that addresses all PLDs and allprogramming methodologies.
The SVF2JAM utility can be downloaded for free at www.jamisp.com.
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