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Cadence teams with IBM for Cell Broadband Engine

Posted: 27 Apr 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Cadence Design Systems Inc. announced that it has exceeded the goals set for testability and manufacturing diagnostics for the Cell Broadband Engine with its Encounter Test product line.

According to the press release, the cooperation between Cadence and IBM enabled high test coverage to ensure outgoing quality and achieved lower manufacturing cost with test data compression. It also included the use of a low pin-count tester and resulted in faster yield ramp with Encounter Diagnostics.

Based on the Power Architecture, the Cell Broadband Engine was developed in collaboration with IBM, Sony Corp., Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Toshiba Corp. This multi-core Power Architecture-based microprocessor is optimized for compute-intensive workloads and various broadband media applications, including computer entertainment, movies and other forms of digital content.

"Using Encounter Test, we were able to address all of the demanding test requirements of the Cell Broadband Engine, while exceeding our objectives for test coverage, test cost and diagnostics, enabling us to achieve our quality and cost goals for this product," said Kathryn Papermaster, development director for the STI Design Center, IBM Systems & Technology Group, in a statement.

The Encounter Test technologies used in the Cell Broadband Engine include True-Time ATPG test with pipelined scan control to support near 4GHz operation, and OPMISR+ compression to lower cost of test and to support custom BIST for logic and memory. In addition, the flow included Encounter Diagnostics, used to accelerate yield ramp in manufacturing environments.




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