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June 21, 2010

GOEPEL electronic Unveils New CION Boundary Scan Test Fixture

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

GOEPEL electronic, a provider of JTAG/boundary scan solutions compliant with IEEE1149.x, announced the launch of a new interface test fixture, CION Fixture, which is a hardware module that comes with current Advanced Mezzanin Card 'AMC' slot in which card is inserted and connected to Test Access Port 'TAP' at the same time.
For those unaware, the Configurable I/O Network 'CION' is a universal parallel I/O ASIC with special JTAG/Boundary Scan test features. It can be used to improve on-board testability or to create external test adapters. It features 32 I/O signals and is divided into 4 independent 8 bit ports. This IEEE (News - Alert) standard 1149.1 compliant ASIC feature high output level current efficiency, hotswap support, and is designed for test of non-scanable nets and clusters, edge connectors, backplanes, cables, ICs and multi-chip-modules.
Based on CION Fixture family, GOEPEL's new offering is compatible with the standard of Advanced Mezzanin Card 'AMC' for Advanced Telecommunication Computing Architecture 'ATCA' systems. It features integrated IEEE 1149.1 and IEEE1149.6 test channels enabling structural test of all speed and low speed signal pins.
'The AMC Mezzanin architecture allows highly modular ATC system solutions with standard interfaces for high speed signals like PCI (News - Alert) Express or Gigabit LAN, which we are now able to test structurally with our new CION fixture already in the prototype stage,' said Karl Miles, U.K. sales manager of GOEPEL electronics Ltd. in UK. 'Using our new fixture, the testing gets more effective, and potential faults can be analyzed faster and more precise, which saves money in the end.'
The new CION Fixture /AMC supports compact, mid-size, and full-size modules with AMC B+ interface. It is also compatible with the PICMG (News - Alert) AMC.0 R2.0 standard.
According to GOEPEL, the signal pins of the new CION Fixture /AMC have been tested via a dot1/dot6 interconnection test using a CION module /FXT114S which is inserted into the fixture. For this, the AMC board must be equipped with corresponding IEEE1149.x test structures. In this connection, the scan path architecture can be configured flexibly.
In addition, the new hardware module is completely supported by all Boundary Scan controllers of the ScanBooster and SCANFLEX family as well as by the Boundary Scan software platform SYSTEM CASCON.
The SYSTEM CASCON is an integrative Boundary Scan development environment that comes with over 40 completely integrated tools.
As the CION Fixture/AMC is supported by SYSTEM CASCON, the user can not only integrate the CION Fixture/AMC easily in a test project but can also generate the necessary test vectors automatically, debug interactively if necessary, and visualize the faults graphically in the layout on the pin and the net level.

In the recent news, Agilent (News - Alert) Technologies Inc. and GOEPEL electronic GmbH together announced the release of the UCM3070 Boundary Scan plug-in module for the N1807A-001 Agilent Utility Card, an option for the Agilent Medalist i3070 Series 5 in-circuit tester (ICT).

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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