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Semiconductor test equipment supplier Verigy, an Advantest Group company (TSE: 6857) (NYSE: ATE), today announced that ISE Labs has installed V93000 Smart Scale™ and Pin Scale Generation testers with Pin Scale digital channel cards at its testing and packaging facilities in Fremont, California, and Austin, Texas, extending the test-development services partnership between the two companies.
As the latest step in a long-standing strategic alliance, ISE Labs' Austin facility will begin using Verigy's Pin Scale technology to develop advanced test methodologies for the latest generation of low-power ARM-based server processors with high-speed DDR3 memories, PCI Express interfaces and consumer ICs such as smart media system-on-chip (SOC) devices for next-generation media gateways and set-top boxes. To meet these objectives, ISE Labs has installed in Austin a V93000 Pin Scale Generation system with an L-Class test head, delivering more than 900 pins, based on Verigy's Pin Scale 400 and Pin Scale 800 cards.
In addition, ISE Labs' Fremont facility -- Silicon Valley's largest semiconductor testing laboratory -- has installed two V93000 Smart Scale Generation testers with Pin Scale 1600 cards for use in production-volume testing of customers' ICs. One of these systems has a C-Class test head with over 1,000 pins using Pin Scale 1600 and Pin Scale 9G cards and the other unit is equipped with Verigy's smallest A-Class test head, populated with 512 pins, and a MB-AV8 PLUS analog card. The systems also are upgradeable to provide increased pin counts or to add new measurement resources such as Verigy's Port Scale RF solution. These installations mark the first application of the company's Smart Scale technology by a test-services provider in Silicon Valley.
"We have enjoyed a long-term partnership with Verigy and we're very pleased to begin implementing their proven Pin Scale technology at our Austin technology center," said Rabbi-ul Islam, vice president of engineering and test services at ISE Labs.
"It's exciting to have our next-generation Smart Scale systems used by ISE Labs in both technology development and their commercial testing services," said Sanjeev Mohan, vice president of North America sales and support at Verigy, an Advantest Group Company. "The V93000's flexible per-pin architecture enables it to achieve industry-leading performance in all types of testing applications."
Verigy's scalable Smart Scale Generation of test systems and pin cards performs the most cost-efficient testing of advanced semiconductor designs, including 3D device architectures and IC designs for the 28 nm technology node and beyond.
The Pin Scale 1600 card opens a new dimension in test flexibility. With this card's universal per-pin architecture, each channel is able to perform any function needed by the device under test, providing maximum flexibility. Per-pin capabilities such as individual clock domain, high accuracy DC and industry-leading digital performance are expanded with the Pin Scale 1600.
Verigy's Pin Scale 9G card is the only fully integrated, high-speed, digital instrument covering the entire range from DC to more than 8 gigabits per second, making at-speed test affordable. The highly versatile Pin Scale 9G can test any combination of parallel or serial, single-ended or differential, and uni- or bi-directional interfaces.
The MB-AV8 PLUS analog card expands real-time analog bandwidth to cover emerging applications such as LTE Advanced for 4G wireless communications. It provides high throughput while maintaining compatibility with established MB-AV8 instruments.
About ISE Labs
ISE Labs, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc., the largest independent provider of semiconductor packaging and testing services in the world. With a broad portfolio of service offerings, ISE Lab's turnkey solution includes package design and selection, IC assembly, front-end engineering test, wafer probing, final test, device qualification, reliability test, failure analysis, and project and logistics management. Headquartered in Fremont, Calif., ISE Labs is the largest semiconductor test engineering service provider in the Silicon Valley, and also maintains operations in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.iselabs.com.
About Verigy, an Advantest Group Company
Verigy provides advanced semiconductor test systems and solutions used by leading companies worldwide in design validation, characterization, and high-volume manufacturing test. Verigy offers scalable platforms for a wide range of system-on-chip (SOC) test solutions, and memory test solutions for Flash, DRAM including high-speed memories, as well as multi-chip packages (MCP). Verigy also provides advanced analysis tools that accelerate design debug and yield ramp processes. Additional information about Verigy, an Advantest Group company, can be found at www.verigy.com. Information about Advantest can be found at www.advantest.com.
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