SOURCE: JTAG Technologies, Inc.

June 17, 2008 06:00 ET

JTAG Technologies Breaks the Barrier Between Functional Testing and Boundary-Scan

New RMI Ideal for Instrumentation Racks and Desktop Use

STEVENSVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - JTAG Technologies, a leading provider of IEEE Std. 1149.x-based solutions for testing and in-system programming of PCBs, has tackled the barrier between structural and functional testing. With the announcement of the newest member of the high-performance DataBlaster line of boundary-scan controllers, it becomes a simple matter for electronics manufacturers to combine boundary-scan performance and test coverage with functional validation.

The new JT 37x7 / RMI (rack-mounted instrument) is conveniently packaged in a standard 19-inch by 1U form factor for compatibility with virtually any rack-mounted functional test system. The RMI supports all boundary-scan test applications including IEEE 1149.6 advanced digital network testing as well as in-system programming (ISP) of flash memories and programmable logic devices. With its four fully compliant boundary-scan test access ports (TAPs), the RMI delivers excellent signal integrity at the target. In addition, the RMI provides 256 programmable I/Os to further enhance test coverage.

TAPs and I/Os are available on the front panel of the unit, and the TAPs can be combined for test purposes or ganged for high-throughput testing and ISP. The TAPs can also be extended via flat cables from the front panel to satisfy special fixturing requirements. I/O channels are individually programmable as input, output, bi-directional or tri-state, and voltage thresholds can be programmed to 1.5, 1.8, 2.5, or 3.3V for use with modern low-voltage logic families. To reduce scan chain length and improve test efficiency, any number of 16-channel groups can be bypassed.

The RMI is powered from the host computer and interfaces to the computer via three standard formats, USB 2.0, Ethernet 10/100 and IEEE 1394 Firewire, giving it nearly universal applicability and ease-of-use. Test clock frequency is programmable up to 40 MHz allowing very rapid application execution, especially important for flash programming, while TAP voltages can be set for a wide range of input and output characteristics.

Ray Dellecker, marketing manager for JTAG Technologies, comments, "We wanted to be able to give our users a convenient way to combine their boundary-scan operations with functional testing. The RMI meets the need perfectly -- it's platform-neutral, equally at home in PXI-, VXI- or PCI-based test environments. And, because the RMI is completely self-contained with no auxiliary units, it is easily moved between test stations. Furthermore, in addition to rack-mounted test setups, the RMI is ideal for benchtop applications."

The new controller is fully compatible with all JTAG Technologies' development tools such as JTAG ProVisionTM and JTAG Visualizer. In combination with functional testing, the RMI works seamlessly with the industry's most popular architectures including National Instruments LabVIEW, LabWindows and TestStand as well as custom C/C++ and Visual Basic test systems. Pricing for the JT 37x7/RMI begins at $6,500; the product is available for immediate shipment.

About JTAG Technologies

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 flash and PLD programming via boundary-scan, and visualized boundary-scan analysis. Its customers include world leaders in electronics design and manufacturing such as Alcatel-Lucent, 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 5,000 systems worldwide, JTAG Technologies serves the communications, medical electronics, avionics, defense, automotive, and consumer industries with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. JTAG Technologies headquarters are located in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

JTAG Technologies is a registered trademark and JTAG TapCommunicator is a trademark of JTAG Technologies, Inc. All other brand names or product names mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Ray Dellecker
    US Marketing Manager
    JTAG Technologies, Inc.
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