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Why categorise resistors, inductors, links and fuses?

Recently one of our newer customers started on their first solo board setup. They had previously seen XJTAG demonstrated and had also had their initial board setup done by an XJTAG engineer. When they came to setting a board up for themselves they tried to follow the path that the XJTAG engineer had talked them through – […]

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Better suggestions for power and ground net categorisation

We’ve made some improvements to the Power/Ground nets screen to make it easier to identify power and ground nets. We recommend that the first thing you do after adding your board is to classify the power and ground nets on the boards. This will improve our ability to correctly suggest categorisations for your devices, in particular telling the difference between pull resistors and series resistors. […]

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Categorising Transistors in XJDeveloper

Transistors are one of the things we get asked about quite a bit: “How should I categorise the transistors in my project?” […]

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Introducing Dynamic Chains

‘Dynamic Chains’ is a term we’ve coined to describe a test system that has the ability to drive more that 1 JTAG chain configuration. This may be possible if it has multiple chains driven by different TMS or TCK pins, or a single chain that has multiple JTAG device variations (for example using a Scan Bridge). Before v3.3, XJTAG projects could only represent a single static JTAG chain. With our new functionality, multiple JTAG chain variations can be defined, set up and run within a single XJTAG project in a single test run. […]

Wiring a bed of nails test jig for JTAG

When using JTAG with a Device Under Test (DUT) connected to a bed-of-nails test fixture, often little attention is paid to the way the JTAG signals are wired. This article (published in SMT magazine last year) gives a helpful explanation of why it is important to get this right, and gives tips for best practice.

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Using XJTAG without netlists

XJTAG is a great system for board designers and manufacturers, but people looking to repair boards often do not have  netlists for those boards – something that until now has been essential to start an XJDeveloper project. […]

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Automatic suggestion of JTAG chains

To help get your tests up and running more quickly and easily, version 2.7 of XJDeveloper has a new feature which can make suggestions for the JTAG chains in your project. […]

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