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Embedded JTAG Solutions for the development of assembled printed circuit boards

The Embedded JTAG Solutions and JTAG/Boundary Scan are not only an effective test procedure for the production of printed circuit boards. It offers numerous advantages, especially in the development, which enable you as a developer of assembled circuit boards (PCBAs) new approaches to solutions and high quality.

This makes it possible to carry out a comprehensive test in series quality from the very first prototype. In-system programming and testing run via the same JTAG interface. And you don't even need a finished firmware. All you need in terms of hardware is a controller for access, e.g. SCANFLEX II CUBE.

Development or test area?

The use of Embedded JTAG Solutions based on IEEE 1149.1 has some advantages already in the development phase:

  1. Production faults are eliminated before completion of the firmware and before the entire system test
  2. Even the first prototype can be tested with the same tests as the series product
  3. Optimal interface for contract manufacturing

The Design for Testability (DFT) guide explains what you as a developer should look out for when using Embedded JTAG Solutions. 


Everything you need for test generation

First of all, you should know which components of which type are on the circuit board and how the individual pins of the components are connected to each other. The component types must then be assigned to corresponding models. For each Boundary Scan capable component there is a model which describes its Boundary Scan structure - the so-called BSDL (Boundary Scan Description Language) model. Depending on the provider, there are also different models to describe the non-boundary-scan capable devices, such as RAM devices or driver ICs.

The models are supplied by the test system, and the CAD data required is limited to a network and component list. These can be obtained from the schematic, which is usually available at a very early development stage of an assembly. The advantage is that you can easily resolve problems that may occur during test generation. You can also quickly and easily change a design that is unsuitable for test depth. But that's not all!

The generated tests are already usable for the first prototype. From now on, this prototype can be tested with exactly the same quality as the pilot series and ultimately the series product; same test depth, same pin-exact error statement. Since the test bus required for JTAG/Boundary Scan has already been designed to be adaptable on the DUT (e.g. via a connector), the FPGAs or CPLDs can also be loaded via this interface, or the bootloader can be stored in the program flash, thus completing programming. The resulting savings are obvious.

Embedded JTAG Solutions for your Development

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