April 6, 2009

Escape Communications Selects onTAP as Embedded JTAG Test Solution

Flynn Systems Corporation

Flynn Systems provides the best JTAG boundary scan test software with their onTAP series 4000 with ProScan


Ryan Flynn
Flynn Systems Corp.
74 Northeastern Blvd, STE 16A
Nashua, NH 03062
onTAP Series 4000: Escape Communications Embedded JTAG Test and Programming Solution
NASHUA, NH April 3, 2009 – Flynn Systems Corp is proud to announce that Escape Communications, of Torrance, California, (www.escapecom.com), a trusted provider of point-to-point microwave radio indoor units (IDUs) for commercial telecommunications OEMs and custom advanced signal processing designs for major space and defense contractors, has selected onTAP as their embedded JTAG Test solution for their newest product.
Escape sought to improve their physical user interface for testing, especially during the manufacturing process.  Having already developed a test executive with an intuitive GUI, Escape needed to eliminate proprietary third party test fixtures, some of which were outdated and unreliable, and integrate reliable, easy to use, and cost-effective test capabilities into their new Automated Test Board (ATB) design.
In previous projects, Escape had recognized the high value of comprehensive IEEE 1149.1 tests and had successfully used onTAP software for boundary scan test applications.  The major test and development challenges for their current ATB project were limited physical access to the board and limited boundary scan access.  “Some devices were not able to interface via boundary scan,” said Ted Pascaru, Director of Operations for Escape Communications, “and other devices required proprietary test and programming methods…We needed a solution that would make it easier for us, our customers, and manufacturers to access the board and conduct the necessary tests.”
From a single test port, a design, test, or manufacturing test engineer can simply plug the board into an onTAP-enabled PC or laptop, and run a complete suite of pre-developed onTAP boundary scan tests.  onTAP’s automated test generation delivers the highest possible fault coverage with a graphical debugging environment that provides pin-level diagnostic messages and detailed test reports. Pascaru is pleased with the outcome of the seamless integration of onTAP with Escape’s Automated Test Board.  “Now we have created a way to easily access the board and perform all the necessary functions for the different devices on the board. Flynn was easy to work with and open to the idea of embedding a solution,” Pascaru noted.The comprehensive test results provided by onTAP enable users to identify and repair faults on boards under test more quickly and easily than ever before.
Hank Flynn, CEO of Flynn Systems says, “Escape Communications are valued long-time customers, and have always been a pleasure to work with. We are excited to see Escape Communications display such enthusiasm and confidence in our boundary scan tools and tests that they would embed them into their new product. We look forward to continuing to work with and support Escape with new tools as we move forward.”
About Escape Communications:
Founded in 1998, Escape Communications provides indoor units (IDUs), high-speed modem modules, and Satcom terminals to commercial telecommunications equipment OEMs and major space and defense contractors.  Escape has developed an extensive portfolio of communications, signal processing, mixed-signal and embedded processor IP that enables them to offer standard product solutions and custom turnkey design services that are both cost-effective and schedule-efficient.  More details can be found at www.escapecom.com.
About Flynn Systems:
Flynn Systems has provided test, debug, and programming solutions for the boundary scan test standard (JTAG IEEE 1149.1) for over ten years. Their onTAP software package is designed for complete, automated boundary scan testing for devices of all levels of complexity on printed circuit boards (PCB) and non-boundary scan devices interacting with the scan enabled devices. onTAP’s functionality also includes the capability to program FLASH enabled devices using only the onTAP USB Test and Programming Cable. Flynn Systems Corp. provides high level test suites and the highest fault coverage available with a powerful ATG engine: all backed by fast, responsive technical support.  Its satisfied customers include Escape Communications, Intel, Qualcom, Benchmark Electronics, Cadence Design, Stanford Linear Accelerator, Teradyne, Checkpoint Systems, Ulticom, and University of Arizona. Flynn Systems’ onTAP provides boundary scan services for university research, avionics, defense systems, consumer goods, and medical electronics. It is based in New Hampshire with distributors and partners in Europe.
Those interested are invited to download a free 30 day evaluation software package with full technical support available at www.flynn.com.

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