SYSTEM CASCON sets new standards for interaction between Boundary Scan tools in Flying Probe Testers
Feb 11, 2008
GOEPEL electronic, an industry leading vendor of JTAG/Boundary Scan solutions compliant with IEEE Std. 1149.x, introduces a new generation of intelligent tools for the Boundary Scan software platform SYSTEM CASCON™, enhancing the integration with Flying Probe Testers.
The newly-developed tools enable an unrivalled level of interaction between Flying Probe access and Boundary Scan access for board level test applications, embracing all phases of IEEE1149.1 applications in a completely integrated environment, including the management of Boundary Scan and non-Boundary Scan components, Automatic Test Program Generation (ATPG) utilizing both Boundary Scan and Flying Probe access, automatic Pin Fault Diagnostic (PFD), graphical fault localization, and even debugging.
"Flying Probe as well as Boundary Scan are technologies applied to solve problems related to reduced test access, but only the interactive use of the probes as additional access points during Boundary Scan tests enables extended test coverage and reduced test time making it a simple decision for the user on the value added", says Thomas Wenzel, managing director of GOEPEL electronic's Boundary Scan division. "With our improved tools we not only set new standards for flexible use of flying probes; we also resolved difficulties in such interactive test applications caused by limited reliability of probe access, e.g. due to dirt particles, thereby essentially improving the test quality of the combined methods".
A crucial part of the solution is a completely new control algorithm for the interaction between probes and Boundary Scan, which has been implemented in all ATPG tools and Pin Fault Diagnostic (PFD) processors in SYSTEM CASCON. This new algorithm improves the efficiency and reliability of the interactive use of flying probe access for extended Boundary Scan applications, a technology introduced by GOEPEL electronic several years ago as Virtual ScanPIN™.
These enhanced tools for integration of Boundary Scan and Flying Probe tests are available with SYSTEM CASCON™ version 4.4.1 and can be activated via the software's license manager. This new software release is free of charge for all users with valid maintenance contract.