Agilent Technologies' new test solution provides highest throughput rate for final test of flash memory devices

12/6/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced a new tester interface for the Agilent Versatest Model V4100 that optimizes the system to more cost-effectively test flash memory devices during final test. Fully compatible with the industry's most popular memory handlers, the V4100 final test interface also enables the highest throughput rate for final test of high-volume memory devices.

The Model V4100, with final test interface, allows engineers to test up to 32 NAND devices in parallel, allowing for reduced cost of test and faster time-to-market. Production volume for high-density NAND flash memory is expected to rise dramatically as flash memory cards find applications in popular consumer electronics, including digital cameras, MP3 players and personal digital assistants. According to Web-Feet Research Inc., NAND megabit volumes will increase nearly thirteenfold between 2002 through 2006, from 68,000 to 857,000 MMb(1).

"We're helping our customers control test costs by offering a single platform that tests a wide range of products, from memory to logic, from wafer sort to final test," said Gayn Erickson, marketing manager of Agilent's Memory Test Division. "These new final test capabilities enable the V4100 to provide the same proven performance and features as the V4400, but at a price and size more in-line with the needs of our small- to mid-sized memory and logic manufacturing customers."

The popularity and demand of flash memory in consumer products places tremendous pressure on contract manufacturers to reduce cost of test (COT) for these devices. To answer this challenge, the V4100 covers a broad range of test applications, from wafer sort and final test of flash devices on a single V4100 system. Additionally, the V4100 is well suited for high-mix production environments. The system can perform wafer sort test on a wide variety of memory and logic applications, including flash memory, SRAM, embedded memory and pure logic. The versatility and flexibility of the V4100 help contract manufacturers maintain low COT as production mixes and test applications change.

The V4100's upgradeable performance levels of 40, 70 and 100 MHz are fully compatible with the other members of the Agilent Versatest Series. This compatibility allows test programs developed on the Model V4100 TDS (test development system) to be transferred directly to the Versatest Series' production testers -- the Model V4100 and Model V4400 -- delivering correlation and test repeatability from engineering development to high-volume wafer sort to final test. Additionally, the V4100's small, 5.3-square-foot footprint conserves valuable floor space.

The V4100 at SEMICON Japan 2002
Agilent is demonstrating the memory test capabilities of the Model V4100 at SEMICON Japan, booth no. 9-A703.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Agilent V4100 Final Test Solution starts at $450,000 for an eight-site configuration and will be available to ship 12 weeks after initial order.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 36,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

(1) Web-Feet Research Inc., July 2002,

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