BSDL File Validation

Corelis offers services to validate the accuracy of Boundary-Scan Description Language (BSDL) files that characterize the boundary-scan functionality of semiconductor devices. These services include validation of a device’s BSDL file while the chip is still in development and BSDL file accuracy verification against actual silicon.

BSDL file quality is essential to improving the testability of printed circuit boards and systems for hardware manufacturers. When a BSDL file is inaccurate or the implementation of boundary-scan in a device is poorly executed, testing or programming the device will require additional time and effort to troubleshoot. Moreover, in the worst case, an inaccurate BSDL file will reduce boundary-scan test coverage in every product where the device is designed-in.

Corelis’ BSDL validation service provides syntactic and semantic checks on the file, confirming correct spelling, punctuation, instruction codes, register associations and register cells, as required by the 1149.1 standard. As part of the service, we also generate test patterns, creating a set of test vectors in a simple truth-table. These vectors can be used to simulate chip testing to verify that it meets many of the requirements of the IEEE 1149.1 boundary-scan standard.

After a BSDL file has been syntactically and semantically verified and first samples of the semiconductor device have been produced, the accuracy of the file can be validated against actual silicon with Corelis’ chip testing service. Corelis works jointly with customers to develop a silicon test fixture that provides proper power and ground, boundary-scan access to each I/O, access to TRST, TMS, TCK, TDI and TDO, and static control of compliance enable pins. A full test sequence is generated by Corelis for the validation of the BSDL file against the silicon.

BSDL Resources