Embedded test and validation support for 4th generation Intel Core processors

August 01, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Goepel electronic has announced the support for the 4th generation Intel Core processors (“Haswell”) within the framework of the System Cascon platform for validation and test of complex processor boards.

System Cascon is an integrated software development environment with a comprehensive tool suite, uniform GUI, and graphical project development for the synchronised utilisation of all ESA technologies, enabling test, programming, and debug operations without nail or probe access (noninvasive). In addition to JTAG/Boundary Scan/ IEEE 1149.x, key elements of the ESA philosophy are, in particular, Processor Emulation Test, Chip Embedded Instrumentation, Core Assisted Programming, and FPGA Assisted Test.

Support of the new Intel processors is based on the recently introduced Intel Silicon View Technology (Intel SVT). Intel SVT is a proprietary method, comprising features integrated into Intel processors and chipsets, enabling platform debugging, electrical validation and production test. Complex 4th generation Intel Core processor-based designs with reduced physical access and high-speed signals can now be tested structurally and functionally with high-quality diagnostics. By means of processor-specific VarioTAP models, these capabilities can be seamlessly incorporated into System Cascon.

“For more than a decade our system solutions have enabled the utilisation of Boundary Scan/IEEE 1149.x features of Intel processors for the test of complex boards. Supporting the 4th generation Intel Core processors based on the Intel Silicon View Technology is the next logical step in the exploitation of additional validation and test opportunities with our Embedded System Access philosophy”, explains Heiko Ehrenberg, Technology Officer for Embedded System Access Technologies and Managing Director at Goepel electronics in the US. “For designs applying the 4th generation Intel Core processors, our OEM, ODM and EMS customers can now refer to new System Cascon tools to accelerate prototyping, shorten time frames for new product introduction, and ensure the quality of production test with reduced access. As quite a number of these users are also members of the Intel Intelligent System Alliance, this platform enables us to specifically address the needs of, and cooperate with, system developers, system manufacturers, and system integrators.”

Goepel electronic has joined the Intel Intelligent Systems Alliance as General Member. Intel Intelligent Systems