XJTAG Introduces 3U PXI Boundary Scan Module

XJTAG, a leading supplier of IEEE Std. 1149.x compliant boundary scan development tools, has introduced a 3U PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) XJTAG module, which provides a high speed interface to the boundary scan chain. This new PXI card will enable users of PXI chassis to leverage XJTAG’s ability to debug, test and program complex ball grid array (BGA) populated printed circuit boards and systems from within their integrated PXI test platform. Those also running National Instruments’ LabVIEW software get the added advantage of a full set of virtual instruments (VIs) to interface to the XJTAG system.

Commenting on the introduction of the PXI XJTAG card, Simon Payne, CEO of XJTAG, said: “As part of our ‘XJTAG-Inside’ programme, we are keen to integrate XJTAG into different test platforms to provide further channels for end users to exploit our hugely popular and cost-effective boundary scan system. We have also worked hard to improve the integration between XJTAG and LabVIEW, to make it quick and easy to generate working code.”

PXI combines PCI electrical-bus features with the rugged, modular, Eurocard packaging of CompactPCI, and then adds specialised synchronisation buses and key software features. PXI is both a high-performance and a low-cost deployment platform for measurement and automation systems. PXI systems serve applications such as manufacturing test, military and aerospace, machine monitoring, automotive, and industrial test.

“The PXI market is growing very quickly and there were more than 13,000 systems deployed in 2006, according to a recent report from Frost and Sullivan,” added Simon Payne. “We believe there is increasing demand from PXI system users to have a boundary scan module, particularly as it’s becoming a prerequisite to have some way of accessing the high pin count FPGAs, which are commonplace on today’s complex printed circuit boards.”

The XJTAG development system is a cost-effective solution for debugging, testing and programming electronic printed circuits boards and systems throughout the product lifecycle. 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, includes an ever growing library of device-centric test scripts, and provides support for Xilinx’s Virtex-5 FPGA System Monitor.

For more information please contact XJTAG, The Irwin Centre, Scotland Road, Dry Drayton, Cambridge CB23 8AR, UK. Telephone +44 (0) 1954 213888, fax +44 (0) 1954 211565 or email enquiries@xjtag.com.

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