Chip embedded instruments extended to the Altera ArriaV FPGA Series

September 04, 2012 // By Julien Happich
Goepel electronic has released its first ChipVORX model libraries for the new generation of Arria V GX FPGA devices from Altera supporting embedded test and embedded programming.

ChipVORX provides users the opportunity to implement a so called Embedded System Access (ESA), completely omitting nail or probe contacting. In this case, per JTAG control the Altera FPGA are used as natural, design-integrated test centers, helping to increase test quality and to reduce effort.

The ChipVORX models are intellectual properties for the implementation and control of chip embedded instruments. They enable a multitude of FPGA assisted test and programming functions, among others access test of time-critical DDR-SDRAM, programming of parallel NOR and NAND-Flash, frequency measurement as well as high-speed programming of serial Boot Flash.

Within the ChipVORX framework, instruments are temporarily loaded, configured and finally controlled as soft macros via the standard IEEE 1149.1 TAP into the FPGA. The entire work flow is fully automatic and synthesis-free. For all test, measurement and programming procedures there are automatic generators that also analyze the UUT's functional structure and establish an interconnection from instrument to signal pin (IP to pin). Furthermore, the opportunity of interactive graphical control panels facilitates debugging.

Using ChipVORX requires neither expert background knowledge nor specific FPGA tools or continuous IP adjustments. The execution of ChipVORX based routines is possible on each run-time station without further options.

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