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Question asked by VRFuser on Feb 29, 2004
Kirk,

The tool was already in use at the location.  The designers liked the tool
since they could pull strings directly from their CAD system (I was told).
When I arrived, the Manufacturing TEs were having some troubles and they
were using the tool from its own GUI.

I'm neither for, nor against, the tool. What I needed to do was port the
tests into Manufacturing, so I debugged the software DLLs directly from VEE.
The software was fine.  There was an issue of how memory was restored.
Don't remember wither I let Windows, VEE or the DLL restore.  At any rate,
it was a simple setting within the (.h)

And yes, I had a time getting the tool to do what I wanted, think I spent
about 3 days until I found out what was keeping the DLLs from running.  But
once fixed, they ran beautifully.  The way I found the error was I traced
down the error message from VEE.

Yes, ASSET is a bit pricey, and the other issues should be fixed by now.  I
know they know that they should use MS Class structure properly to create
the Objects as used within ActiveX so that help and examples will be readily
available.

It's a jungle out there in MS OBJECT land, I think the days of standalone
programs are behind us.

Rufus

-----Original Message-----
From: kirk_reed@agilent.com [mailto:kirk_reed@agilent.com]
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 8:34 AM
To: VRF
Subject: [vrf] RE: JTAG and VEE

Rufus,

Interesting you seem to be successful with Asset. 

My support tech from Jtag used Asset for years (before even working for
Jtag), and had many struggles.  They switched to Jtag Technologies and were
able to start producing better results soon after.  This was about three
years, so hopefully they have better software now.

If you want to program all the cycles yourself, the 3705 (parallel
controller) is about $950 and comes with the dlls to interface with it.(not
something I wanted to do)

Kirk Reed


-----Original Message-----
From: Rufus Warren [mailto:rwarren@amti.net]
Sent: Monday, March 01, 2004 8:13 AM
To: PDL-LISTS,VRF (A-Lists,unix1)
Cc: PDL-LISTS,VRF (A-Lists,unix1)
Subject: [vrf] RE: JTAG and VEE

Hello Greg,

I am not familiar with the article.  A point of interest is my experience
with a JTAG tool from ASSET, http://www.asset-intertech.com/. built a vee test system that was to do a functional test upon optical
control communications boards.  I felt the functional test was only a "warm
fuzzy".  So I implemented a boundary scan test for connectivity using the
above tool.

I did not actually create the scan strings, this was expected from the
Design Engineers.  One of the problems I encountered was using the above
tool within VEE.  The code at that time, around 2001, did not have an
ActiveX set of objects but instead used a set of DLLs.  Not a real biggy,
just kind of archaic for new software.

When I made calls to the software, the DLLs seemed to get lost.  Since I was
in a hurry, I could see the error with the include files(.h).  So I modified
them and got the system to work.  Later the company, (really enthusiastic),
offered updated software.

So all this to say, try ASSET.  They should be familiar with VEE calls.


Rufus

-----Original Message-----
From: Gregg C Levine [mailto:hansolofalcon@worldnet.att.net]
Sent: Saturday, February 28, 2004 7:27 PM
To: VRF
Subject: [vrf] JTAG and VEE

Hello from Gregg C Levine
Is anyone using VEE to communicate with hardware that has a JTAG port?
There's an article in an old copy of a VXI Bus magazine, the title of the
magazine, for those of you, like myself who have it, is, "VXIJournal", and
it dates from Spring 1994. The author wrote about using a Tektronix built
card for the VXI bus to test his circuit, and described the software,
involved, using then available compilers. The author at the time was a
member of the company. Regarding the card he used, since I don't have access
to a VXI frame, I decided against contacting Tektronix.

For my work, I am again looking at the JTAG concepts, and my problems happen
to be that I've got the hardware here, including controllers that TI built
to manage the JTAG concepts, and some options from two other companies. But
not the software, which is why I thought of VEE.
And that describes my problem, and my questions.

For the trivia buffs behind VEE, there's an article which includes a review
of the then new HP-VEE, it looks to be one of the version 3 releases. 
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