Curtiss-Wright Debugs, Tests with XJTAG Boundary Scan Development System

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing, a leading designer and manufacturer of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems and board level products, has selected the XJTAG boundary scan development system to improve the process of debugging and testing its range of radar, video and graphics products.

The XJTAG system has been utilised by engineers at Curtiss-Wright’s video and graphics group in Letchworth, UK, to debug and test its latest range of highly complex printed circuit boards which feature an increasing number of ball grid array (BGA) devices, including high performance field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

Alan McCormick, managing director, Curtiss-Wright’s video and graphics group, said: “We selected the XJTAG system due to its price, the speed and accuracy of fault diagnosis, and because the re-usable device-centric test scripts can be ported from project to project and migrate through design, prototyping to production and beyond.

“Using XJTAG, we can very quickly debug and test both the boundary scan and cluster devices on our boards many of which are inaccessible to traditional test methods such as flying probes, logic analysers, oscilloscopes and X-ray systems.”

Curtiss-Wright’s video and graphics group designs rugged and benign solutions for customers across the defence, aerospace, commercial and industrial marketplaces. Its expertise encompasses radar pre-processing, scan conversion, tracking and display integrated with TV video, infra-red and sonar, as well as compression, decompression and distribution of radar and TV video across wide and local area networks.

Simon Payne, CEO, XJTAG, said: “We are delighted that Curtiss-Wright, a renowned name in the aerospace and defence market, has selected the XJTAG system to validate its latest range of PCBs, which will form part of larger solutions and be used throughout the world in vehicle, airborne and shipborne command and control consoles, vessel tracking, air traffic control and air defence systems.”

The XJTAG development system is a cost-effective solution for debugging, testing and programming electronic printed circuits boards and systems throughout the product lifecycle. The XJTAG system reduces the time and cost of board development and prototyping by allowing early test development, early design validation of CAD netlists, fast generation of highly functional tests and test re-use across circuits using the same devices.

XJTAG enables engineers to test a high proportion of the circuit (both boundary scan and cluster devices) including BGA and chip scale packages, such as SDRAMs, Ethernet controllers, video interfaces, Flash memories, FPGAs and microprocessors. XJTAG also enables In-System Programming of FPGAs, CPLDs and Flash memories. For more information about the XJTAG System, please telephone +44 (0) 1954 213888, fax +44 (0) 1954 211565 or email