Board merger accelerates boundary scan project development

March 26, 2012 // By Julien Happich
Goepel electronic has unveiled a newly developed board merger that solves the problem of defining multi board applications fast and modularly, to be used within the frame of the Boundary Scan software platform System Cascon.

The tool supports a completely project-oriented definition of the multi board target architecture, subsequently enabling the automatic generation of a consistent project database while maintaining original signal designations and board characteristics. The new features are highly important for complex projects based on integrated system backplanes or for motherboards with multi slot interface. The new board merger also enables the flexible reconfiguration of existent projects without regeneration and loss of the original signal designations, claims the tool vendor. The board merger handles each single board as an individual object with bequeathing properties. Connections between single objects are initiated by respective referencings maintaining the original net designation. I/O modules can be inscribed into the principle as so called adapters.

If modules of the same type are used, the whole process is handled through simple duplicating. After referencing all boards, the data basis is generated in a single step. Configuration changes, such as non-mounted boards or missing I/O modules, can easily be hidden making a regeneration unnecessary. Thus, the solution is highly flexible and transparent for users. In the subsequent project processing, the entire original data basis is directly available for all other tools such as debugger, visualizer and test coverage analysers. The new Board Merger is integrated as standard in the System Cascon development package from version V4.6 onwards.

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