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ProVision Designer Station offers complete JTAG development package

Wed, 10/13/2010 - 9:36am
JTAG Technologies announced a new economically-priced software and hardware system for board-level and system designers looking to benefit from a boundary-scan test and programming strategy.

Boundary-scan, or JTAG, testing has remained a powerful tool for identifying assembly faults such as open- and short-circuits, missing components and damaged devices since its introduction (as IEEE Std 1149.1) in 1990. However, while boundary-scan tools have been in use for almost 20 years, the relatively high cost of professional systems has meant that they largely remain in the domain of test and production engineers - until now.

JTAG Technologies’ ProVision Designer Station offers a low entry price yet retains key features such as automatic test program generation (ATPG) for interconnections and in-system programming (ISP) for devices.

ProVision Designer Station is ideal for the preparation of all boundary-scan test routines that might be used in the design environment and beyond. The tool incorporates a highly automated test program generator for interconnects that takes advantage of a library of thousands of non-boundary-scan (cluster) device models to create a “safe to execute”, high-quality core test.

Rapid generation and execution of this so-called Interconnect Test using the handy JT 3705/USB controller, that is included with the system, allows the user to gain quickly confidence that the core boundary-scan to boundary-scan pin connections of a design are defect-free.

ProVision Designer Station also includes a unique scripting library known as JFT (JTAG Functional Test) that harnesses the power of the open-source Python™ language to add sophisticated test options for logic clusters and for the programming of memory devices. Furthermore, additional interactive tools, such as ActiveTest, enable rapid generation of simple cluster tests and checks that might require only a small number of test patterns.

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