Microwave Journal

Aeroflex 5800 Series ATE System Now Features Fully-integrated JTAG/Boundary Scan

January 17, 2011

Aeroflex is now offering its 5800 Series multi-configuration, multi-function Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) system with integrated JTAG/boundary scan capabilities. The 5800 Series will feature as an option, the PXI-based SCANFLEX® platform from GOEPEL electronic, a leading vendor of JTAG/boundary scan solutions.

The addition of boundary scan offers 5800 Series users the advantage of structural device, board and system-level test access throughout the whole product life cycle without the need for invasive bed-of-nail access. Combining the SCANFLEX hardware with the 5800s suite of digital cards provides further test coverage for a fully integrated solution. In addition to the improved test coverage, the benefits of boundary scan include reduced test cost and time-to-market. Boundary scan is commonly used for applications involving extended test and verification, or programming concurrent programmable logic devices or high-speed flash.

“We are very pleased to be integrating the SCANFLEX interface hardware into our 5800 Series,” said Simon Dawe, ATE product manager, Aeroflex. “The addition of GOEPEL’s efficient, high-speed architecture gives our 5800 Series customers access to professional, integrated boundary scan capabilities, providing them with even greater flexibility and ease of use than ever before.”

“Our SCANFLEX hardware is by far the most innovative system architecture available on the market,” said Richard Ainley, Sales Specialist for GOEPEL electronics Ltd. in the U.K. “SCANFLEX is the only JTAG/boundary scan hardware platform that fully implements the philosophy of extended JTAG/boundary scan in a modular, open and scalable environment. SCANFLEX is a perfect fit for Aeroflex’s 5800 Series in mid-range and high-end performance applications.”

The integrated GOEPEL hardware consists of a controller, a TAP (Test Access Port) Transceiver, TAP Interface Card (TIC) and distributed I/O modules. The SCANFLEX hardware will offer extended fault coverage for the 5800 Series by utilizing digital and analog I/O modules, and the 5800 Series’ digital suite of cards. The controller’s architecture supports data rates of up to 80 MHz on up to eight independent TAPs.

About the Aeroflex 5800 Series

The 5800 Series is an easy-to-use digital ATE system that integrates seamlessly with an analog suite to provide mixed signal testing as well as pure digital functional test. The system is based on a digital test controller board and up to 18 digital testpoint boards, giving a maximum digital functional testpoint count of 1152 un-multiplexed I/O channels.

With its flexible, scalable and modular test environment, the 5800 Series features an open hardware and software architecture and reconfigurable pin-face styles, allowing users to perform digital system testing, low-cost analog in-circuit testing with a maximum of 3,456 test points, high integrity functional testing and systems test–all within a single test environment. This saves floor space, reduces board-handling damage and lowers the cost of test.

The system’s digital test controller board features a 10MHz test step rate, trigger generation and response, four pattern generators and 5nS edge placement. The digital testpoint card provides 64 channels, configurable drive and monitor levels and 1,152 digital test channels.

Three different body styles make up the 5800 Series–floor standing (5850), benchtop (5820) and rack-mount (5830). Each body style has a common core of 21-slot rack, power and utility cards.

Pricing and availability

The boundary scan option is currently available for order on the 5800 Series. A starting configuration for the 5800 digital test controller is priced at approximately U.S. $4,800 and the SCANFLEX boundary scan option will start at approximately U.S. $2,700. For details on the 5800’s price and availability, contact your Aeroflex sales representative at (800) 853-2352 or info-test@aeroflex.com

About GOEPEL electronic

GOEPEL electronic, founded in 1991 and headquartered in Jena, Germany, is a worldwide leading vendor of innovative JTAG / Boundary Scan / IEEE 1149.x solutions, offering mature software tools in an integrated development environment, high-performance Boundary Scan controllers and accessories, as well as comprehensive product support and value added services. The company of 130 employees generated a revenue of more than €16 million in 2006, maintaining support and sales offices in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. An extended distribution and service network of more than 300 specialists ensures excellent local and on-site customer support for more than 5,000 worldwide system installations. GOEPEL electronic has continuously been ISO9001 certified since 1996 and has been honored with TOP-JOB and TOP-100 awards for being one of the best medium-sized companies in Germany. GOEPEL electronic’s products won several awards in recent years and are used by the leading companies in telecommunication, automotive, space and avionics, industrial controls, medical technology, and other industries. Further information about the awarding winning Company can be found on the Internet at www.goepel.com.