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PISMO Advisory Council welcomes new members

Posted: 07 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PISMO council? flash memory? validation test advisory?

Agilent Technologies, Samtec and Mentor Graphics have joined the PISMO Advisory Council, which is the industry's first organization focused on streamlining system-level flash memory validation and test. The Council, founded by Spansion and ARM in 2004, now includes 18 member companies.

"This group of new members demonstrates the expanding reach of the PISMO ecosystem, and we are very excited by the capabilities and expertise they bring to the PISMO industry consortium," said Rik Graulus, senior business development manager at Spansion and chairman of the PISMO Advisory Council. "Agilent's extensive test, measurement and probing capabilities, combined with Samtec's expertise in developing robust board interconnect solutions, with access to Mentor's state-of-the-art simulation tools will be extremely important for the next-generation PISMO specification aimed at supporting memory devices operating at frequencies up to 533MHz. Higher operating frequencies require designers to have access to more advanced tools to address signal integrity and crosstalk, and require reliable probing solutions for debugging, troubleshooting, testing and validating PISMO modules with high speed devices."

Recent growth in the wireless and embedded markets has given rise to a myriad of new processors, chipsets and memory types that must be tested for compatibility. Without a standard interface, system designers must develop and use a variety of device-specific development boards to ensure compatibility. The PISMO standard is intended to address this challenge and the selection of the right board interconnect solution is of paramount importance.

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