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Testing libraries target Intel Bay Trail processors

Posted: 12 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Goepel electronic? Bay Trail? processor? Silvermont? debugging?

Goepel electronic GmbH has unleashed model libraries geared for testing and programming of Intel Bay Trail processors that belong to Intel's Atom family. The VarioTAP libraries claim to enable flexible execution of processor emulation tests using the native debug port and allows users to use the processor for hardware design validation of prototypes.

Intel Bay Trail is a series of multi-core SoC solutions based on the Silvermont architecture. Manufactured in a 22nm process, the chips offer optimised performance with low energy consumption. Main application fields of the Bay Trail processors are mobile applications such as tablets and notebooks, but also hybrid and embedded devices. There are various Intel Bay Trail series with up to four processor cores and clock speeds up to 2GHz.

Intel Bay Trail processor

The processors are integrated in micro flip chip ball grid array (uFCBGA) packages with several hundred pins that are mounted directly on the board, not allowing direct contact with external instruments. VarioTAP offers embedded instruments for test, hardware debugging, Flash programming and design validation even after mounting.

VarioTAP is a technology for processor emulation developed by Goepel electronic. Thereby, a processor is reconfigured to provide design-integrated test and programming instruments via the native debug port. A respective VarioTAP model, as part of an extensive IP library, contains all relevant access information for the respective target processor. On this basis users can select a processor corresponding to their design and be able to test and validate the connected hardware unit as well as program Flash memories.

- Christoph Hammerschmidt
??EE Times Europe

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