Introduction of latest technology for automatic board testing, IEEE 1149.1
JTAG Boundary Scan reduces test and repair costs to less than 20%
Technologies used

    Boundary scan test, SMD

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    22 Printing & Publishing
    323 Television and radio receivers, sound or video recording, etc.
    334 Optical equipment
    30 Computers and other information processing equipment

DVS Digital Video Systems designs, manufactures and markets digital video interface and storage systems ranging from standard TV up to HDTV (high definition television). A new board is designed and developed which contains all modifications for JTAG boundary scan test. This test procedure is standardized by the IEEE by the Joint Test Access Group (JTAG) and is also named boundary scan test. The test procedure is implemented with a simple serial bus (JTAG bus) which is distributed between all JTAG testable components. The core logic for testing is realized internally in the chips and allows the access to all IO pins via dedicated shift registers. The board is part of the ProntoVideo digital video disk recorder developed and manufactured by DVS. The reason for JTAG test is that for complex and high density electronic boards an analysis of errors (soldering errors for example) by hand costs a lot of time and is very expensive. Testing the board via JTAG allows a quick location of errors and reduce the manufacturing time drastically.

The project had a duration of 12 months and cost 72 KECU. The payback period is about 2 years, the product lifetime is 4 years, the ROI is 300 %.

As target audience all companies are relevant which develop products in the areas ”electronic engineering”, ”multimedia systems” or ”audiovisual electronics”.


    DVS GmbH, Digital Video Systems
    Krepenstrasse 8
    D-30165 Hannover

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Boundary scan test, SMD technology provided DVS GmbH with the means of improving its products and enhancing its market position. You can also achieve significant benefits by acquiring the right microelectronics technology and utilising it in your product or manufacturing process. You can get help from FUSE to realise this.

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