Corelis Debuts PCMCIA Boundary-Scan Test Controller Board

12/16/2003 - Corelis Inc., unveiled a new high performance Boundary-Scan Controller board for the industry standard PCMCIA 32-bit CardBus interface implemented with an advanced memory behind the pin architecture. Additional individually programmable parallel I/Os are provided to test or control non-boundary-scan areas of the unit under test. The PCMCIA-1149.1/E allows a lap-top computer to be used for boundary-scan testing in various phases of a product life cycle such as design, manufacturing, and field service.

The Corelis PCMCIA-1149.1/E is an intelligent Boundary-Scan controller that can be used in the testing of devices, boards, or systems, compliant with IEEE Std 1149.1. The controller offers excellent performance due to its large array of performance-enhancing innovations that increase test vector throughput. Boundary-Scan test vectors developed with Corelis' ScanPlusTPG Test Program Generator can be executed directly on the PCMCIA-1149.1/E. A software Scan Function Library (SFL) written in C is supplied with the tester card to allow the end user to create powerful custom test programs using high-level programming languages.

With the proliferation of the boundary-scan test standard in electronics manufacturing, users are expanding the use of the boundary-scan test logic beyond the scope of just interconnect testing. These new uses include JTAG emulation and source-level debugging of microprocessors, in-circuit programming of CPLDs, functional device testing of ASIC's using the INTEST and BIST scan capabilities, and functional testing of non-scannable cluster logic on the unit under test. These forms of scan based testing usually require large test vector sets and tend to increase test execution times. The new Corelis PCMCIA-1149.1/E controller is ideally suited for such applications due to its intelligent TAP controller, programmable interface-voltage capabilities, on-board memory, and high sustained TCK clock speed.

"With this new controller design, we are able to support unlimited scan chain lengths and TCK speeds of up to 40 MHz, thus greatly reducing test times" said Jim Rodgers, Technical Marketing Manager at Corelis Inc. "By having a common test platform for design, manufacturing, and field service, our customers will realize tremendous costs savings. This new controller is an important addition to our existing line of boundary-scan controllers as we can offer our customers a wide selection of tester platforms, speeds and prices".

The PCMCIA-1149.1/E boundary-scan controller requires a single CardBus Type II PC Card slot, and comes bundled with installation software that will automatically install and configure the card for use on any Windows based laptop or PC. The PCMCIA-1149.1/E also includes self-test diagnostics routines, Scan Function Library (SFL), and a user manual. US list price for single quantities is $2,950 and availability is from stock.

Boundary-Scan is an embedded IC technology for in-system programming and testing of digital circuit boards and components that have been standardized as IEEE Std 1149.1. Corelis’ ScanPlus Boundary-Scan tools include hardware and software products offering exceptional ease-of-use combined with advanced technical innovation.

Corelis Inc., offers a broad line of boundary-scan software and hardware products for interconnect testing, in-system programming of Flash memories, CPLDs, FPGAs, JTAG emulation and debugging. It includes a full range of IEEE Std 1149.1 boundary-scan testers for the ISA, PCI, PCMCIA, LAN, USB, cPCI/PXI and VXI busses. Corelis also provides various engineering services and is well known for its outstanding customer support.

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