Successful testing and ISP of your design depends on a fully functional boundary-scan chain. Maximum test coverage is achieved by testing all JTAG devices simultaneously. Multiple scan-chains are acceptable but should be merged externally; in some cases this is the preferred method:.
Resistors can be designed into the scan chain as a way to selectively bypass devices in the scan chain for debugging. Not all devices fully comply to the IEEE When analyzing or troubleshooting devices, consider the following cases and guidelines.
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Search for:. Free Education and Training. May 23, by. Alternatively combine multiple chains with a fixture or cable. Lower reliability and susceptible to noise. Some devices support emulation only or ISP only and cannot be utilized for interconnect tests. Check datasheets, device errata and BSDL files. Group components with similar voltage levels and utilize a multi-JTAG TAP controller for programmable voltage interfacing or add level shifting components to the design.
Treat TCK as a critical high speed clock signal during layout. Dedicate a schematic page for a block diagram of the JTAG scan-chain. Additional guidelines include: A solid ground is very important; every other pin on Corelis TAPs is ground on cable providing noise immunity.
Group components by voltage. Group components by maximum device speed. Use jumpers or additional logic to isolate devices for debugging. Jumper example to isolate a single device. Logic example to isolate a single device. Request Technical Support. Complete the form below to request technical support. Select a product CPXI Please describe your reason for contacting us in detail.
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No obligation to purchase. This site tracks visits anonymously using cookies.As low-power, handheld devices become more prevalent, printed circuit boards with a mixture of 5-V, 3. The designer must determine both the operating voltage of the JTAG chain and the order to place devices that operate at different voltages. This article, which compares several methods for designing a multi-voltage JTAG chain, provides some tips and techniques for making a robust, error-free design.
The daisy chain can be designed to allow one or more devices in the chain to be bypassed for debugging purposes by providing jumpers that can be installed or removed depending on the desired target devices. The number of devices that can be daisy chained is theoretically unlimited, but timing problems and intermittent crashes frequently occur in chains having more than about eight devices, especially at higher clock rates.
To meet JTAG timing requirements, buffers should be placed on TCK and TMS to maintain signal integrity when more than about four devices are in the chain, and each buffer should drive no more than four devices. The driver should be high speed low propagation delaywith enough strength to drive four or more devices. Connecting all of the devices in a single chain may not be the best solution, so the designer should consider partitioning the chains in order to meet the requirements of proprietary debugging tools.
Level translators may be needed to accommodate multiple voltage levels, and signal integrity must be maintained. Design and test complexity are significantly increased, and IEEE Two methods for implementing multi-voltage JTAG chains are presented here.
No voltage translators VT are needed in this case. It is sometimes better to put all JTAG devices in a single chain. This approach is recommended when there are not enough devices in each voltage family to make a separate JTAG chain.
Architecting a Multi-Voltage JTAG Chain
The following requirements must be met to successfully interface two devices with different voltages in a JTAG chain:. VOH min minimum high output voltage of the driver must be greater than VIHmin minimum input high voltage of the receiver.
VOL max maximum output low voltage of the driver must be less than VILmax maximum input low voltage of the receiver.
Table 1 shows the common minimum and maximum voltages for different voltage standards. Place the highest voltage devices at the beginning of the chain, the next highest voltage next, and so on down to the lowest voltage devices being last. Placing the highest voltage to lowest voltage JTAG signals in order allows correct interpretation of a logic high on the TDO output of one device by the input of the next device.
Verify that each device is able to tolerate the maximum voltage from the proceeding device. For example if the first device is a 3. Verify that TDO coming from the lowest voltage device can be interpreted correctly by the emulator. In the example, make sure that the VOH min of the 1. If not, a high-speed voltage translator should be used to translate TDO to the correct voltage for the emulator. The VT should not register clock the signal, as this will delay the signals for one clock, causing the JTAG chain to fail.
The ADG bidirectional logic level translator from Analog Devices contains four bidirectional channels that can be used in multi-voltage digital system applications. Figure 2 shows devices with 3. When a lower voltage device cannot tolerate the high voltage of the preceding device, a high-speed voltage translator should be used on all JTAG signals. The emulator should be used as the input to all voltage translators except for TDO.
In Figure 4, the 2. If a drop of about 0. DEC Hossain Hajimowlana. V IL min. V CCO While originally developed to address the needs of testing printed circuit board assembly PCBA interconnects, JTAG test methods can be used to address many needs beyond simple structural test. This overview will briefly examine popular types of JTAG tests and applications. Figure 1. Sample of faults detected through JTAG test. Test program generators accept computer aided design CAD data as input in the form of a netlist, bill of materials, schematic, and layout information.
The test program generator TPG uses the information provided in these files, along with guidance from the test developer, to automatically create test patterns for fault detection and isolation using JTAG-testable nets on the PCB.
Full-featured test program generation software will generally also include the capability to automatically generate tests for non-scannable components including logic clusters and memories that are connected to boundary-scan devices.
A sample of faults that can be detected with automatically generated tests is shown in Figure 1. Test program executives are used to run the tests created by the test program generation software. The test executive interfaces with the JTAG hardware to execute test patterns on a unit under test UUTthen compares the results with expected values and attempts to diagnose any failures.
Modern test executives include advanced features such as flow control, support for third party test types, and often include an application programming interface API for integration with additional test systems or development of simplified operator interfaces.
The continuous drive toward higher density interconnects and finer pitch ball-grid-array BGA components has fueled the need for test strategies that minimize the number of test points required. Today, JTAG provides the access mechanism for a variety of different system operations.
Just some of the benefits provided by JTAG are:. Reuse through the product life cycle. The simple access mechanism provided by the JTAG TAP can be used at all stages of the product lifecycle—from benchtop prototype debugging to high volume manufacturing and even in the field.
Test point reduction. Independent observation and control. Boundary-scan tests operate independently of the system logic, meaning they can be used to diagnose systems that may not operate functionally.
JTAG has seen continuous development and new applications are frequently being discovered. Additional standards have been developed to address AC-coupled testing, reduced pin counts, and control of test instruments embedded within ICs. JTAG testing usually begins by checking the underlying infrastructure to ensure that all devices are connected and test capabilities are operational.
Test patterns are used to exercise the instruction register and boundary-scan register for comparison against expected lengths and values. If present, device ID codes can also be read and compared against expected values to ensure that the correct component has been placed. After verifying that the scan chain is working properly, test patterns can be used to verify interconnectivity between system components. Nets that involve three or more boundary-scan pins represent a special case, called a bus wire, where additional patterns can be used to isolate faults to a specific pin, as shown in Figure 2.
During a buswire test, boundary-scan driver pins are tested one at a time to ensure that all possible opens are tested. Figure 2. A buswire test can be used to diagnose open faults at the pin level.
Additionally, tests for AC-coupled signals can be integrated with interconnect and buswire tests in systems with IEEE Special tests can also be used to check pull-up and pull-down resistors, ensuring that resistors are present in the assembled system in addition to testing the nets for open and short faults.
To accomplish this, resistors are tested by first driving the signal to a state opposite the pulled value. The net is then tri-stated, allowing the resistor to pull the signal back to the original state.
Finally, the signal is sampled and the value is compared to the expected pulled value. Not only can interconnections between boundary-scan components and simple transparent components be tested, but additional non-boundary-scan components can be controlled and tested for functionality and continuity using connected boundary-scan components. Simple test patterns may be used to test logic devices such as decoders or multiplexers, while sophisticated scripts may be used control and test complex devices for basic or advanced functionality, including analog-to-digital converters, UARTs, and Ethernet PHYs.
A common application of a cluster tests uses the storage capability of RAM devices to verify interconnects between a boundary-scan device and a connected memory.JTAG is an established technology and industry standard with a potential that is only now becoming fully realised. Modern packaging technologies such as BGA and Chip Scale Packaging limit and in some cases eliminate physical access to pins.
JTAG overcomes this problem, by placing cells between the external connections and the internal logic of the device, see Figure 1. With the cells configured as a shift register, JTAG can be used set and retrieve the values of pins and the nets connected to them without direct physical access.
In a JTAG chain the data output from the first device becomes the data input to the second device; the control and clock signals are common to all devices in the chain. Figure 2 provides a representation of a simple JTAG chain containing three devices.
A BGA package, such as that shown in Figure 3, differs from earlier package technologies in that all of its external connections are made through balls of solder between the bottom face of the device and the circuit board rather than through pins protruding from the side of the device.
Because the connections between the device and the circuit board are inaccessible both physically and for visual inspection, the only alternative to JTAG for monitoring manufacturing integrity is X-ray inspection. This costly and time-consuming process requires that each board be X-rayed and the images inspected to check each solder ball has been correctly placed, makes contact with the board, but has not spread to cause short circuits.
X-Ray provides useful information, but still relies on visual inspection, manual or automated, so cannot be fully relied on to locate all errors. Against this background JTAG Boundary Scan is more than a useful alternative to bed-of-nails testing; it is a significant money saving tool that can eliminate the need for costly and possibly inconclusive X-ray technology.
JTAG testing can be quite basic or very advanced. The most basic form of testing is chain integrity testing, i. Devices that do not contain ID codes will always return a single bit with a value of 0; so that the JTAG chain can be tested for the correct sequence of devices with, and without ID codes.
The connection or interconnect test checks the connections around JTAG enabled components in a circuit. These connections, known as nets, can have faults in four categories; short circuit, open circuit, stuck-at, and pull-resistor faults. Examples of these faults are shown in Figure 4.
A JTAG connection test can only fully check for faults on nets between JTAG-compliant devices, where signals can be set at source and read at the destination to check for open circuit faults. Nets with just one JTAG enabled connection can still be tested for short circuit faults. Professional boundary scan tools are able to automate the generation of very comprehensive test patterns to implement connection testing, often with minimal manual intervention.
A connection test is an invaluable tool in the process of manufacturing validation. Each circuit that is produced can be checked for production faults caused by manufacturing errors such as solder shorting connectors on a device.
Where BGA devices are involved, and there is little opportunity to visually inspect, or physically probe the connections, the value of a JTAG connection test is clear. Non-JTAG-compliant sections of a circuit can also be tested. This form of testing can be applied either to a single non-JTAG device or to any cluster of non-JTAG devices in the circuit which can be viewed as a functional unit.
One important example of this method is memory testing. A sequence of JTAG test signals is created to manipulate the control signals and address and data busses of a memory device so as to write information into memory; a second sequence of test signals is created to read this information back.
Other devices, such as flash memories, can be programmed indirectly through their connection to devices in the JTAG chain. There is also the advantage of being able to easily update the memory image held on the device.
JTAG can be a valuable tool throughout the lifecycle of a circuit. JTAG can help designers, production test engineers and field test engineers. Effectiveness depends on the coverage that a suite of JTAG tests is able to achieve.
The potential is partly inherent in the circuit but can be maximised by the care taken by the designer in designing for test. Introduction JTAG is an established technology and industry standard with a potential that is only now becoming fully realised.
Figure 3 — BGA device. Figure 4 — Connection Test Example.I am running Xilinx Warning: Could not find specific board information Initializing Scan Chain Default information loaded. Initialization Complete. It then says "No Devices identified". Please help. Turns out this is a problem due to the FMC break out board being connected. Would anyone like to explain to me why this is? After looking at this a little bit closer, I think I understand what is going on here.
I do not have an FMC-XM to try this on here, but it seems like you should be able to put a jumper across pins 6 and 7 on J5 and restore a signal path to the Carrier board to complete the JTAG chain. If it does solve the problem, could you please let us know? Thanks so much for explaining that and taking the time to look into it. Yes, the jumped does work. I think this will be useful for everyone using the FMC board with the Zedboard.
Please help me out. I checked connections on board and everything seems fine. What can I do? I also measures resistance between FMC and Zedboard grounds, it was less then 1 ohm. I also measured Voltages and it seems fine. What else can I check? Thank you. Looking forward for your response. Skip to main content.
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Programmable Devices. View This Post. October 17, at AM. Though it is having direct programming capability through the Usb cable. I like to test the Programming through the Jtag J4. NowIf I open the Programming tool and press the Autodetect Tab then the following message is being popped up. Cann't scan Jtag chain. Always worth checking the basics first. Are you sure the Board is powered correctly? Are you sure the USB blaster is connected to the board correctly? I checked the power supple as well as the connectivity.