Faraday Selects Agilent Technologies 93000 to Test USB 2.0 IP Cores

9/25/2002 - Agilent Technologies announced that Faraday Technology, a leading IC service company, has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system to test Faraday's new USB 2.0 interconnect standard IP cores. The Agilent 93000 enables Faraday to optimize test performance in its high-speed IP semiconductor chip cores and ASICs, used in printers, scanners, hard disk drives and other consumer electronics.

"In the past, even if the chip required only a small number of high-speed test pins, we had to choose between a dedicated tester with all high-speed pins or an inexpensive low-speed tester with inadequate test functions," said Ken Chen, production operation division director of Faraday. "The channel-mixing capabilities of the Agilent 93000 will help Faraday significantly reduce its capital equipment expense, while ensuring comprehensive testing across all functions at the same time."

Demand for USB 2.0 intellectual property (IP) is growing due to the standard's improved data transmission rates, which are up to 40 times faster than USB 1.1. According to Faraday, many ASIC design projects have already adopted USB 2.0 IP, creating the need to cost-effectively test these cores. Manufacturers of consumer electronics, including printers, scanners, hard disk drives and multi-function peripherals (MFPs), will soon integrate USB 2.0 ASICs and motherboards into their products, delivering the speed benefits of USB 2.0 to the end user.

"The Agilent 93000 allows Faraday to test their low-pin-count, high-speed components while greatly reducing their volume production testing expense," said Paul Yang, regional business manager for Agilent's Greater China Semiconductor Test. "Faraday has a broad range of product lines and Agilent is committed to providing a single SOC testing platform capable of various integrated products testing, as well as satisfying future product development, special testing and mass production requirements."

The Agilent 93000 SOC testing system is able to test devices across a broad range of applications including analog, high-speed buses, RF, digital and embedded memories. Its scalable system architecture grants customers pay-per-use flexibility and the ability to easily accelerate speed, upgrade memory, increase capacity utilization, reinforce testing reliability, and effectively reduce equipment footprint with a platform of longer service tenure. The flexibility provided by the Agilent 93000 SOC test system in fault detection and elimination combined with the channel mixing capabilities provides a tool for truly leading-edge solutions.

About Faraday Technology
Faraday Technology Corporation has been providing remarkable ASIC design services and valuable IP for customers ranging from small start-ups to large multinational IC design houses and system houses. With annual revenue of 2.4 billion NT Dollars in 2001 and more than 380 employees, Faraday is the largest organization of its type in the Asia-Pacific area. Headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Faraday has branch offices around the world, including the U.S.A., Japan, and Europe.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001.

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