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Standard Features:


Base
» BSDL Library
» Schematic Debug
» Visual Fault Analysis
» Timing Diagram
» TCL Scripting Language

Tests & Programming
» Scan Path Test
» Interconnect Pin Fault
» Memory Test
» FLASH Programming
» FPGA/CPLD ISP
» ScanWorks®


Analog Instrument
» VISA Instrument Control
» GPIB IEEE 488 Control


Options:
» 1149.1/1149.6 Interconnect
» Interconnect Diagnostics
» CircuitMerge
» Vector Translator
» C++ and Libraries
» LabView Interface
» Network Licensing

» WGL Vector Support
» VCS Sim Interface

Hardware Options:


» UltraTAP JTAG Controller
» PT100Pro Production Tester
» PT100 Multiport JTAG
» RCT Benchtop Tester
» 32 bit PCI Card Tester
» PC Printer Port
» Xilinx PCIII/PCIV
» Altera Byteblaster


» Eclipse Brochure

» Eclipse Family Overview
» Test Development
» Manufacturing Test
» Diagnostics and Repair


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Boundary-Scan 1149.1 Test

Design Debug

Eclipse provides design engineers with several utilities to debug their design and test programs. Designers can use Eclipse to single step through individual test patterns and have the choice of viewing the resultant data using a spreadsheet window or with the Eclipse Timing Diagram Analyzer. The Eclipse Timing Diagram Analyzer provides capabilities similar to that of a logic analyzer including sophisticated event triggering and real time waveform updates.

To make interactive debug even more productive the Eclipse Schematic Logic ProbeTM (SLP) can be used to interactively view and set logic values directly in the design with a single mouse click. SLP uses advance place and route algorithms to dynamically create specialized debug views of the design based on the designer's probe objectives. SLP removes the need to look at cumbersome paper schematics in order to debug a design.

'Netlist based constraints' are a must for interactive debug 

Test Engineers familiar with functional test or functional debug may not be aware of the full capabilities of IEEE 1149.1 and hence many key architectures of a robust boundary-scan based test and debug tool.  During 1149.1 based debug, ICs can be taken out of their functional state and controlled in ways that the PCB designer never envisioned.  'Constraint checking' is a term that is used that assures that an engineer will not inadvertently set conflicting states on bi-directional or tri-state structures during test development and design debug.  This prevents damage to expensive parts, especially configured/un-configured FPGAs. ASICs, CPUs or memory devices.  It also prevents unnecessary repairs or delays in prototype bring-up due to inadvertant 'bus contentions'.  Many low end boundary-scan tools have no constraint checking at all.  Other than Intellitech's Eclipse all other boundary-scan tools require manual entry of constraints or manual descriptions of PCB level conditions that need to be checked to avoid potentially damaging bus contentions.  With even a small PCB design, manual entry of constraints requires hundreds of entries and requires page by page schematic thoroughness.

Eclipse has constraint checking capabilities built-in that uses the netlist, net attributes and pin property information directly from the designer's schematic capture process.   We call this "Netlist based constraints".  At any time, Eclipse is aware of what logic values are being driven or received on any net, or driver/receiver pin. 

Device Configuration and FLASH Programming

Eclipse used in conjunction with the UltraTAPTM test controller enables rapid in-system configuration of all of CPLDs, and FPGAs, using the 1149.1 test infrastructure and industry standard bit files obtained from programmable logic vendors design tools. The bit files contain the required boundary-scan operations needed to configure a device along with the expected responses for each vector. Eclipse compiles the binary data and applies it through the UltraTAP intelligent test controller to configure the FPGA or CPLD on the board. The UltraTAP intelligent test controller has several unique hardware features that significantly reduce configuration times.

Eclipse and UltraTAP also enable efficient in-system FLASH programming. Eclipse unlike other FLASH programming solutions does not require the user to create memory models using C++. The Eclipse Test Development Environment has a standard memory model library as well as several built-in features that simplify the programming process including: Automatic reading/verifying for S-Record, Intel Hex and binary COFF files, the automated handling of program data in complex scan-chains.

Eclipse Test Generation

The Eclipse Virtual Interconnect Test (VIT) ATPG engine will automatically generate high-coverage, 100% pin-level fault coverage on boundary-scan nets, test patterns for IC-to-IC and IC-to Memory interconnect. The Eclipse VIT tests are generated using robust fault models and will detect and diagnose to the pin today's common types of manufacturing structual defects.  The VIT engine has three seperate models for opens, one for nets with two pins, one for nets with 3 or more pins and differential nets as found with SERDES, LVDS, PECL technologies.  VIT also models single-ended stuck-at and bridging faults, differential models for bridging and open on LVDS technogies. Complex boundary-scan interconnect with series and termination resistors are also modeled for robust diagnostics to the pin.   Included in the test generation process is the automated Shift Path Integrity Test (SPIT). SPIT automatically validates the entire 1149.1 infrastructure of the unit under test (UUT) permitting test engineers to concentrate on the more pressing issue of improving fault coverage.

In the event of a failing test pattern, a test engineer can employ the Eclipse BSID (Intelligent Diagnostic) engine to obtain pin and net-level diagnostics. Diagnostic information obtained from BSID is used in conjunction with the Virtual Fault AnalyzerTM (VFATM) to produce a visual map of fault locations on the unit under test.


     "We surveyed the three major players in the PC based 1149.1/JTAG test market and after an objective comparison of the tools, Intellitech's Eclipse Diagnostic System had the “ease-of-use” features we needed for prototype and production test. The Schematic Logic Probe and Visual Fault Analyzer provide a design and physical topography necessary for locating and debugging faults.”      
Alex Brook
Manager
New Products Technology
Teradyne
     teradyne genrad ICT

Eclipse Hardware Support

The Eclipse Test Development Environment can apply test patterns using several hardware options including: PC Parallel Port, the UltraTAP Test Controller, the PCI Card TesterTM, and the RCT IITM.

Eclipse Requirements

Eclipse software is available for Microsoft Windows 98, Windows Millennium, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Sun Solaris 8,9,10 (SunOS 5.8 or greater). Eclipse can be licensed as node locked or floating and uses industry standard FLEXlm software.

Eclipse can be used Throughout the Product Life Cycle

Design engineers can use the Eclipse debug features to interactively debug and bring up prototype designs in the lab. They can also experiment with new algorithms using Eclipse's high-speed FPGA and CPLD configuration capabilities. Test engineers can leverage Eclipse's pin and net diagnostic information to isolate failures, improve their test coverage and perform the final device configurations on the manufacturing floor. Field personnel can use Eclipse to gain access to internal product registers to pinpoint failures and perform CLPD, FPGA and FLASH updates.