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Multi-function JTAG Board Tester fits into ECT (Xcerra) Fixtures

Sep 01, 2016

JTAG Technologies is pleased to announce a new co-operation with Everett Charles Technologies (ECT) a world-wide leading name in PCB test fixtures and interface components. JTAG and ECT have just completed a successful integration of their JT 5705/FXT multi-function JTAG tester into the small linear series of cassette-based re-configurable fixtures.

The JT 5705/FXT is a compact (yet complete) single-board test system that supports analog measurement and stimulus, frequency measurements, digital I/O, boundary-scan testing (via two TAPs) and also in-system device programming – the latest JTAG software also includes multiple controller support that allows the linking of multiple units to create a homogeneous system of increased channel counts. Within the fixture The JT 5705/FXT cards mount on purpose built carriers featuring the ATE industry standard 208-pin ‘Pylon’ connectors.

Many new electronic designs feature some devices such as programmable logic and micro-controllers/SOCs that feature JTAG, however due to mixed signal nature of most of these designs it is useful to have mix of test signals to provide analog stimuli and measurement, digital I/O channels and so on. The JT 5705/FXT provides just these features.

Dave Burrows European Manager at ECT comments – ‘we were delighted to work with such a renowned technology leader on this recent project. The uptake of JTAG/Boundary-scan is increasing with our customers and we see this approach to ATE building as a ideal fit in many low-medium cost projects.’

Reconfigurable

In the ECT small linear series access to the Unit Under Test (UUT) is provided through spring probes/nails that are part of a ‘swappable’ interface module often referred to as a cassette. The cassette links the resources within the fixture-tester (power, tester signals, auxiliary instruments etc) to the UUT. By swapping cassettes different board types can be tested on the same base hardware - providing a cost effective solution especially for high-mix low series volume organisations. What’s more customisation of the tester’s FPGA kernel allows users to develop their own digital I/O options such as CAN bus, counter/timer or high-speed memory access. IP from sharing sites such as Open Cores can be implemented in the FPGA fabric and accessed via JTAG Technologies’ own CoreCommander FPGA translator module.

Background

As the boundary-scan market expands beyond the traditional high-density digital targets, so the test equipment must evolve to match. As well as supporting two JTAG (IEEE 1149.x) compatible TAPs with programmable thresholds the JT 5705 unit has extensive I/O capability (64 channels) 8 of which can be defined as analog with a measure and stimulus range of ±16V or 0-32V. Multiple JT 5705s can be ‘linked and sync’ed’ to provide higher TAP and IO channel counts.

Peter van den Eijnden, MD of JTAG Technologies comments ‘Industrial controls/automation and automotive electronics are just two examples where we expect to see a high demand for this type of product. A great many ECUs require an analog/sensor stimulus which registers back to a microprocessor where the values can be checked using boundary-scan or JTAG emulative test methods - as supported by JTAG Technologies CoreCommander tools.’


JTAG Technologies is a market leader and technology innovator of boundary-scan software and hardware products and services. The company was the first to bring to the market such important advances as automated test generation, automated fault coverage analysis, automated flash and PLD programming via boundary-scan, and visualized boundary-scan analysis. Its customers include world leaders in electronics design and manufacturing such as Ericsson, Flextronics, Honeywell,

Medtronic, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Raytheon, Rockwell-Collins, Samsung, and Sony. Its innovative boundary-scan products provide test preparation, test execution, test result analysis and in-system programming applications. With an installed base of over 8500 systems worldwide, JTAG Technologies serves the communications, medical electronics, avionics, defence, automotive, and consumer industries with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. JTAG Technologies headquarters are located Eindhoven, the Netherlands.www.jtag.com

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