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1149.1-2013 JTAG/IJTAG Overview

The new 1149.1-2013 standard includes new BSDL support for what the standard calls "Clause 9" design specific test data registers. Some engineers call these UDRs, or User Test Data Registers. Internal TDR registers, Internal JTAG, has always been part of the standard however BSDL did not provide a method to describe these registers until now. The new langauge syntax in 1149.1-2013 BSDL, includes extensions that support internal scan register field definitions and mnemonics (easy to remember words associated with values in the register). This data is compiled into a database where a GUI or scripting langauge can access the on-chip internal registers. NEBULA comes with ready support for these important features.

attribute REGISTER_FIELDS of Example : entity is

"init_data ( "&

"((504 DOWNTO 500) IS Clock[5] IWRITE: Clockset(F100Mhz) ),"&

"((302 DOWNTO 300) IS Protocol[3] IWRITE: Protocol (off) ), "&

"((101 DOWNTO 100) IS Voltage[2] ), "&

"(( 19 DOWNTO 0) IS Reserved [20])"&

")" &

“intscan ( "&

"((163 DOWNTO 100) IS Address[64] ), "&

“((227 DOWNTO 164) IS Data[64] ), "&

“((228) IS WE[1] ),

"& );”

IEEE 1149.1-2013 Register Fields Attribute

A new language for accessing the on-chip registers called PDL, Procedure Definition Language enables IP providers and IP integrators to create non-device specific scripts for reading and writing to the registers. Future IEEE P1687 also uses the PDL langauge but prefers to describe registers and scan-chains through a new format called ICL - Instrument Connectivity Language. ICL is closer to verilog in its complexity but gives P1687 a few more features for supporting legacy devices with unplanned DFT architectures. As ICL becomes more solidified and customer need arises, this will be added to NEBULA. For the time being the momentum is from customers is behind 1149.1-2013.

These capabilities, now standardized, were first introduced in 1997 by Intellitech and became the basis for Intellitech's NEBULA Silicon Debugger (NEBULA Silicon Debugger) and other products. TCL or Tool Command language is an open source language see Intellitech pioneered using TCL with extensions for JTAG commands and named registers and mnemonics for in-situ on-chip access. In the 1990s, board test engineers selected visual basic and proprietary ICT langauges for JTAG, however TCL/TK is used throughout the EDA industry for script development and automation. Hence we have always seen it as a natural fit to access of on-chip IP or "Instruments". NEBULA fully supports PDL, TCL and TK.

The PDL and TCL language with extensions enables scripts to be written that enable write and reads to internal JTAG Test Data Registers and on-chip DFx structures via the JTAG TAP. The major advantage of the approach is that the scripts are re-targetable - there is no scan-chain bit and shift information present like WGL or STIL ATE vector languages. Unlike using Verilog for test benches, PDL/TCL give the ability to validate JTAG/iJTAG based IP in simulation then take the same PDL or TCL and execute against a real device.

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NEBULA GUI created from 1149.1-2013 BSDL

iProc myprocedure {

# PDL/TCL script
iScope U1
iWrite LBIST RUN # bit-position independent register
iRunLoop 300000
iRead LBISTSTATUS PASS # check that LBIST passed
# set differential Swing to 400mv
iWrite SWING S400MV
iWrite PROTOCOL1 SRIO # set protocol to SRIO
# execute CAM BIST

PDL/TCL script to operate on registers.
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