Arcadia Tests Mixed-signal, High-speed IP Cores with Agilent 93000

5/21/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Arcadia has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC (System-on-a-Chip) test system to test numerous mixed-signal and high-speed IP cores at its facility in Shanghai, China.

Arcadia has already implemented the Agilent 93000 to successfully verify silicon devices for a variety of high-speed computing and communications hardware applications, including one of the few 32-bit CPUs successfully mass-produced in China.

The most challenging task for a successful integrated circuit (IC) design service resides in offering versatile IP and helping customers execute IP integration. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system's wide application coverage fulfills the unique test requirements of the IC design service industry. Its single, scalable platform offers the flexibility to select different test configurations for a variety of applications. Therefore, the IC design service companies can simply upgrade the configuration on an existing system to meet test challenges resulting from technology evolution and market trend shifts. Arcadia's products range from 32-bit CPUs to 20-bit high-resolution DA and AD converters, a 480/700 MHz high-speed PLL (Phase Lock Loop), and USB1.1 and USB2.0 high-speed interconnect interfaces.

"Applying flexible scalability to highly integrated SOC device testing will not only save on capital cost, but will also eliminate the need for testing different devices on different test platforms, an ongoing headache for IC design companies," said Dr. Hu Chi-Feng, vice president of Arcadia Design Systems. "The Agilent 93000's superior performance and flexible upgrade solutions shorten our time to market and lower our cost of test. With Agilent's professional verification experience and consulting services, Arcadia can bridge the testing gap for China-based IC design companies."

"The recognition of the Agilent 93000 SOC Series from IC design service companies again substantiates Agilent's consistent customer-centric service approach," said Paul Yang, general manager of Agilent China's Semiconductor Test Equipment Group. "Helping customers grow and succeed in business is Agilent's primary focus. Through the collaboration with Arcadia Design Systems, Agilent looks forward to improving China's IC design service industry."

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with over 480 installed systems worldwide. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is designed to meet both the demanding performance and cost challenges of SOC testing. Models are configured to span the widest range of applications that may require ultra-high-speed digital data rates, up to 10 Gb/s, and the broadest range of mixed-signal and RF capabilities. With this range of capabilities, the 93000 SOC Series is the first choice for SCMs and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at

More information about Agilent's semiconductor test solutions is available at

Arcadia Design Systems
Arcadia is a private company with headquarters in the Silicon Valley, USA. The company has an excellent reputation with numerous companies in USA and Japan. Today Arcadia offers full turnkey service from architectural design to packaging and testing. In order to service the Asia area, a Shanghai branch called BAO-YANG Information Tech was opened in 2002. Arcadia specializes in the areas of ARM-based SoC, MPEG/JPEG-2000cores, high speed memory (3 GHz), and analog intellectual property (IP) cores such ADC, DAC, and PLL. With its newly developed Shanghai resource, Arcadia ensures customers a high quality service at a very competitive price. Information about Arcadia Design Systems, Inc., is available on Web at:

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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