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Advantest to form consortium promoting open test architecture

Posted: 22 Jul 2002 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Semiconductor Test Consortium? SoC? open test architecture? hardware? software?

Advantest Corp. has announced its plans to establish the Semiconductor Test Consortium, an industry-wide collaboration aimed at solving the challenges of cost-effective testing complex logic devices such as SoCs. This non-profit consortium will focus on supporting the development of a semiconductor test open architecture, a framework created to enable open test solutions that offer hardware and software interoperability with technical and economic benefits.

The company is currently recruiting participants for the consortium from the ranks of leading IC manufacturers to enable the development of a highly scalable and flexible test platform with a lifetime of more than 10 years. According to Advantest, they have so far the active participation of half of the world's top 10 semiconductor companies, involved in a working group committed to launching the consortium.

The current plan is for the founding members to begin reviewing the draft architecture, with the goal of publishing the architecture and releasing the complete developer's kit, including software, hardware, documentation and training by the first half of 2003.

"The establishment of the Semiconductor Test Consortium comes at a highly opportune time," said Toshio Maruyama, president and COO of Advantest. "As the industry begins to recover from a very rough period, companies are starting to step up the ramp of advanced manufacturing operations, making it imperative to address the process flexibility and cost challenges that chipmakers face in providing highly reliable devices in the most cost and time-efficient manner."

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