- XJTAG’s 3U PXI card will enable users of PXI chassis to integrate XJTAG’s powerful boundary scan system with their PXI test platform
- To support the PXI community, XJTAG has also enhanced its boundary scan software to improve integration with NI LabVIEW graphical programming environment
- XJTAG to demonstrate PXI module at National Electronics Week (Stand C61), London’s Earls Court, 17-19 June 2008
CAMBRIDGE, England, May 27, 2008 – XJTAG, a leading supplier of IEEE Std. 1149.x compliant boundary scan development tools, has introduced a 3U PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) XJTAG module, which provides a high speed interface to the boundary scan chain. It will be unveiled and demonstrated by XJTAG at National Electronics Week (Stand C61), which takes place at London’s Earls Court from 17-19 June 2008.
This new PXI card will enable users of PXI chassis to leverage XJTAG’s ability to debug, test and program complex ball grid array (BGA) populated printed circuit boards and systems from within their integrated PXI test platform. Those also running National Instruments’ LabVIEW software get the added advantage of a full set of virtual instruments (VIs) to interface to the XJTAG system.
Commenting on the introduction of the PXI XJTAG card, Simon Payne, CEO of XJTAG, said: “As part of our ‘XJTAG-Inside’ programme, we are keen to integrate XJTAG into different test platforms to provide further channels for end users to exploit our hugely popular and cost-effective boundary scan system. We have also worked hard to improve the integration between XJTAG and LabVIEW, to make it quick and easy to generate working code.”
PXI combines PCI electrical-bus features with the rugged, modular, Eurocard packaging of CompactPCI, and then adds specialised synchronisation buses and key software features. PXI is both a high-performance and a low-cost deployment platform for measurement and automation systems. PXI systems serve applications such as manufacturing test, military and aerospace, machine monitoring, automotive, and industrial test.
“The PXI market is growing very quickly and there were more than 13,000 systems deployed in 2006, according to a recent report from Frost and Sullivan,” added Simon Payne. “We believe there is increasing demand from PXI system users to have a boundary scan module, particularly as it’s becoming a prerequisite to have some way of accessing the high pin count FPGAs, which are commonplace on today’s complex printed circuit boards.”
The XJTAG development system is a cost-effective solution for debugging, testing and programming electronic printed circuits boards and systems throughout the product lifecycle. XJTAG enables engineers to test a high proportion of the circuit (both boundary scan and cluster devices) including BGA and chip scale packages, such as SDRAMs, Ethernet controllers, video interfaces, Flash memories, FPGAs and microprocessors.
XJTAG also enables In-System Programming of FPGAs, CPLDs and Flash memories, includes an ever growing library of device-centric test scripts, and provides support for Xilinx’s Virtex-5 FPGA System Monitor.
For more information please contact XJTAG, St John’s Innovation Centre, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DS, UK. Telephone +44 (0) 1223 223007, fax +44 (0) 1223 223009 or email email@example.com. Alternatively, visit www.xjtag.com. XJTAG has a global network of distributors servicing Europe, the Far East, North America, the Middle East and Australasia.
About XJTAG (www.xjtag.com)
XJTAG is a leading supplier of IEEE Std. 1149.x compliant boundary scan development tools. Its JTAG (Joint Test Action Group) development system offers a highly competitive solution for designers and developers of electronic printed circuit boards and systems. Utilising XJTAG allows the circuit development and manufacturing process to be shortened significantly by facilitating early test development, early design validation, fast development of functional tests and test re-use across circuits that use the same devices. XJTAG is based in Cambridge, UK, and is part of the Cambridge Technology Group (www.cambridgetechgroup.com).
About PXI (www.pxisa.org)
PXI (PCI eXtensions for Instrumentation) is a rugged PC-based platform for measurement and automation systems. PXI combines PCI electrical-bus features with the rugged, modular, Eurocard packaging of CompactPCI, and then adds specialised synchronisation buses and key software features. PXI is both a high-performance and low-cost deployment platform for measurement and automation systems. These systems serve applications such as manufacturing test, military and aerospace, machine monitoring, automotive, and industrial test. Developed in 1997 and launched in 1998, PXI was introduced as an open industry standard to meet the increasing demands of complex instrumentation systems. Today, PXI is governed by the PXI Systems Alliance (PXISA), a group of more than 65 companies chartered to promote the PXI standard, ensure interoperability, and maintain the PXI specification.
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