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Publication Date: 03/1/2009
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Boundary-Scan Tools from JTAG
Software upgrade: ProVision.
Stevensville, MD — JTAG Technologies has released the latest round of development and hardware debug tools — JTAG ProVision and Visualizer. ProVision combines advanced automation with the level of control and precision that engineers demand when creating test programs and in-system programming (ISP) routines for PLDs and flash memories. JTAG Visualizer on the other hand allows users to view JTAG-oriented files (such as fault reports) superimposed onto the schematic or layout of the PC board under test, and hence provides an invaluable aid to diagnosing manufacturing process faults.

New features include ActiveTest, an interactive cluster test generator; buffer and multiplexer support in memory testing, making this boundary-scan application even more useful and comprehensive; password control for the integrated sequencing capability of ProVision, so now users with different credential levels can use the built-in application execution features; the ProVision model library has been expanded and now contains models for more than 4,650 non-boundary-scan device families, covering more than 28,500 different devices; flip and rotate views in JTAG Visualizer, allowing the user to "see" the board in different orientations, flipping it over to see the bottom side or rotating it for clarity; Worldview, a JTAG Visualizer window that shows the layout or schematic at a small scale. Zooming in on the drawing indicates which part of the board or schematic is being displayed in the "normal" view. It is also possible to drag the Worldview window to view other portions of the board or schematic.

According to the company, enhancements to ProVision and Visualizer represent considerable added value for the user — once again lowering the usage threshold for boundary-scan. The majority of the new features are at the direct request of the customers and have been incorporated quickly, reflecting the company's commitment to deliver software enhancements that improve engineering and manufacturing productivity.

As with previous releases, JTAG ProVision remains fully compatible with the prior "Classic" development tools as well as with all of the company's JTAG Technologies production systems. The latest release is available free of charge to customers with valid maintenance contracts.

Contact: JTAG Technologies, 1006 Butterworth Ct., Stevensville, MD 21666 877-367-5824 fax: 410-604-2108 E-mail: Web:

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