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Corelis Introduces the First PCI Express Boundary-Scan (JTAG) Controller Card

New PCI Express JTAG controller provides boundary-scan testing, in-system programming and JTAG emulation for development, production, and field service at sustained test clock frequencies up to 80 MHz.

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Cerritos, CA, July 17, 2006 – Corelis Inc., a leading supplier of high-performance boundary-scan and emulation tools, announced today the availability of a new PCI Express based boundary-scan test and in-circuit programming controller card. The PCIe-1149.1 offers board testing and in-system programming of CPLDs, FPGAs, and Flash memories approaching their full theoretical programming speed. With its ability to deliver test vectors at a sustained test clock (TCK) frequency of 80 MHz, while simultaneously verifying results in hardware at each individual TAP, the PCIe-1149.1 is being offered as the premier solution for users whose applications demand the highest possible performance and scan vector throughput.

The Corelis PCIe-1149.1 is an intelligent boundary-scan controller that can be used in the testing of devices, boards, or systems, compliant with IEEE Std 1149.1. The controller offers excellent performance due to its large array of performance-enhancing innovations that increase test vector throughput. This product was designed to meet the needs of engineers in the lab or production environment who require faster and more efficient testing, programming and debugging of multiple UUTs (Units Under Test) or of a single UUT with multiple scan chains. The PCIe-1149.1 plugs into the PCI Express slot in the computer and interfaces with the host computer via the PCI Express bus. The host software then provides direct access to hardware for boundary-scan testing in various phases of a product life cycle such as design, manufacturing, and field service. Boundary-scan test vectors developed with the Corelis ScanExpress TPG Test Program Generator can be executed directly on the PCIe-1149.1.

In addition to the boundary-scan test features, the PCIe-1149.1 also includes direct I2C and serial peripheral interface (SPI) based device programming capabilities. The SPI and I2C interfaces are independent of the JTAG test interface, meaning the same boundary-scan controller tests the board and performs direct programming of serial EEPROM and flash memories, without operators having to remove the JTAG connector or switch to a dedicated SPI or I2C programmer.  The PCIe-1149.1 also features automatic signal delay compensation for long cable runs to the UUT; the ability to test the UUT for shorts between power and ground nets and the availability of eight analog channels for measuring target supply voltages or other signals up to +/- 50VDC.

“As the next generation of personal computers arrives, PCI Express is rapidly replacing PCI as the new standard backplane due to its higher bandwidth, scalability and reduced pin-count. With this new controller design, we continue to provide our customers with the best technology available and ensure the compatibility of our hardware with the latest computer architecture” said Karla May, Boundary-Scan Product Marketing Manager at Corelis. “The TCK clock rate up to 80MHz and direct SPI and I2C programming features of the PCIe-1149.1 greatly reduce board debugging, test and programming times. By having a common test platform for both design and manufacturing, our customers will realize higher productivity and tremendous costs savings. This new controller is an important addition to our existing line of boundary-scan controllers as we can offer our customers optimal solutions, even under the most demanding applications”.

The PCIe-1149.1 controller ships with the ScanTAP-4 remote access pod, TAP cables, built-in self‑test software, and Plug and Play Windows 2000/XP device drivers. The PCIe-1149.1 controller is available from stock.

Corelis offers a broad line of test, programming, development and bus analysis products that combine exceptional ease-of-use with advanced technical innovation. Corelis also provides custom engineering services and is well known for its outstanding customer support.

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