Austin, Texas and Jena, GermanyIf you implement IEEE-1149.x JTAG/boundary-scan testability into your designs, you'll be interested in this synthesized-instrument announcement from vendor GoPEL electronic GmbH. Its SFX-6216 I/O module with VarioCore technology is the next member of the company's existing SCANFLEX boundary-scan hardware platform.
The SFX-6216 is a 16-channel voltage measurement module with application-specific in-system re-configurable add-on resources. It can take bipolar voltage measurements on up to 16 different points in conjunction with JTAG/boundary-scan operations.
Free To Combine
The SFX-6216 can also be freely combined with all SCANFLEX TAP (test access port) transceivers, and all SCANFLEX controllers based on PCI, PXI, PXI Express, USB, FireWire, or LAN.
That's significant, as changing fault phenomena in complex high-speed designs can negatively impact the efficiency of static structural tests. This demands new approaches on the part of your test equipment. With VarioCore, you get dynamic structural tests based on synthetic test instrumentation using modules such as the SFX-6216.
Standard features, such as programmable range selection, external triggering, and VarioCore, ensure universal use. For example, the SFX-6216 can test a DC-to-DC converter, or a digital-to-analog converter, or perhaps a digital potentiometer.
The ability to re-configure the module's resources also supports the implementation of complex dynamic sample and storage functions, and these can run autonomously. This open scalability of the module's performance enables fault coverage improvements for boundary-scan test systems.
The SFX-6216 is supported by GoPEL's SYSTEM CASCON boundary-scan software suite, starting with v4.3. Module programming and test program handling of analog/digital data is provided with CASCON CASLAN commands.
CASLAN is a boundary-scan programming language with several hundred commands. It supports IEEE-Std.1149.1, IEEE-Std.1149.4, IEEE-Std.1149.6, IEEE-Std.1532, and JESD71, as well as mixed-signal operations.
By simultaneously using multiple SFX-6216 modules, the channel number in your system can be expanded as needed. The modules are automatically identified by a software AutoDetect feature.
SYSTEM CASCON also manages the handling of diverse VarioCore module configurations. You control which configuration is used and when it's activated for a specific application.
For additional information contact Stefan Meissner at GoPEL electronic GmbH, Gschwitzer Str. 58/60, 07745 Jena, Germany. Phone: 49-3641-6896-39. Fax: 49-3641-6896-44. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Or, contact Gopel electronics LLC, 9600 Great Hills Trail, Suite 150 W., Austin, Texas 78759. Phone: 512-502-3010. Fax: 512-502-3076. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
GoPEL electronic LLC, 512-502-3010, www.goepel.com