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Advantest offers cloud as electronics testing sol'n

Posted: 21 Nov 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Advantest? electronics testing? cloud? IC design? IP block?

Cloud services have been making headway in many applications. However, one emerging potential, and one that Advantest is pushing, is the use of cloud in electronics testing. Aimed at IC design departments, academics and R&D, the company's platform taps the productivity potential of the cloud without compromising testing data confidentiality and availability.

It goes like this: The testing hardware is provided to the user essentially for free. The software required can be developed by the customer. But, as an alternative, he can download software building blocks from the Advantest server much like a smartphone user downloads apps from a an app market. The spectrum of IP offered includes testing methods, characterizing tools, or analysing solutions.

The IP blocks can be parameterized and combined according to the user's need. The software then runs on a standard 64bit PC under Windows 7 connected to the platform provided by Advantest. The test data are stored and processed locally, no test data are transferred to the cloud in any form, Advantest Europe added.

Advantest offers this solution as a cost-effective alternative to buying or renting test equipment. It is well possible that in many situations, the solution is indeed cheaper than standard approaches, said the firm. The user pays only for the IP downloads, which enables the user to pick the building blocks needed for his specific test case. The hardware is basically free; the only parts he has to pay for are the chip-specific test adapters and cabling. Once the test is concluded, users may keep the equipment for up to 90 days for testing the next product. If this time span has been expired without new test IP downloads, the user has to return the equipment to Advantest.

The company offers a choice of two different testers with three configurations for executing the test algorithms. The scope of tests includes standard logic and general analog functional testing.

The CX1000P box contains two power supplies, 32 I/O channels, a PMU, an arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and a digitizer as well as reference voltage supplies and 16 controller signals for specific applications.

The larger CX1000D chassis contains eight power supplies, 128 I/O channels, four PMUs, four AWGs and four digitizers plus the same application control signals as the smaller version.

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