The popular JTAG/boundary-scan test and programming interface was first introduced in
the early 90s when the vast majority of parts were programmed ‘off board’ using either simple
bench programmers or more highly automated production programmers. At this time device
programming as a service was also a booming market in its own right.

With the advent of JTAG-programmable devices, focus switched to ‘In-System’, aka ‘In-Circuit’
or ‘On-board’, programming of devices (ISP). ISP offers several advantages in terms of the
reduced handling of parts (leading to less likely mechanical or static damage), easier field
updates, and more flexible production processes (specific code can be provided at assembly
time leading to a lower inventory of pre-programmed parts).

With ISP established as standard working practice, JTAG/boundary-scan test companies such
as JTAG Technologies set-out to supply a wide range of programming solutions to complement
their testing products in manufacturing and streamline the board production process.

– fast and convenient
– program flash & µprocessors
– configure PLDs & FPGAs

JTAG/Boundary-Scan Technology for PCB Testing and In-System Configuration is an essential
technique widely used in the production of electronic assemblies in the 21st century.
This guide details the benefits of in-system (device) programming via JTAG/boundary-scan and
investigates also how it operates within various device types such as microprocessors & DPSs,
programmable logic devices and also flash memories.

Happy to serve you!

We have been able to solve thousands of board test problems by actively engaging with our customers. Once you become a JTAG Technologies customer you are an integral part of our business with free access to our world-wide support network.