Agilent Rolls Out SmarTest PG CTL Browser for 93000 SOC System

6/2/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced the Agilent SmarTest Program Generator CTL Browser for the Agilent 93000 SOC Series, the industry's first test program generation environment to offer direct support for the IEEE P1450.6 Core Test Language (CTL) proposed standard. CTL provides a standard description of how DFT (design for test) is inserted into the IP (intellectual property) cores and the SOC (system-on-chip) accelerating test generation and re-use, resulting in faster time to market.

"Agilent continues to lead the way in DFT implementation for automated test equipment. Our invention of the CTL Browser makes the powerful, information-rich CTL standard practical for developing tests -- fast," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "The CTL Browser is also an important element of the end-to-end solution that customers demand for rapid adoption of CTL to achieve faster time to volume and lower cost of test."

CTL provides a standard approach for describing DFT structures in core-based SOC designs when generating automatic test programs. The CTL description encapsulates the SOC's complete test strategy, communicating the desired test methodology to all future users. With CTL, the generation of a test program for a specific SOC becomes a straightforward operation, closing the loop between design and high-volume manufacturing.

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About the Agilent SmarTest PG CTL Browser
Agilent SmarTest PG CTL Browser is an interactive, graphically oriented digital pattern, timing, and format generation suite of tools. Rather than simply translating files like most other commercial program generators, SmarTest PG CTL Browser manages the test development process for each port from data extraction to generation of directly downloadable files, directly tapping into the 93000 platform's advanced capabilities such as Concurrent Test and X-modes. Concurrent Test provides a 30-40 percent tester throughput advantage, dramatically reducing test cost. X-modes provide faster speed, vector compression, and better ability to match SOC device cycles. More information about SmarTest PG CTL Browser is available at

Along with supporting the CTL standard, SmarTest PG CTL Browser can also read IEEE 1450-1999 standard test interface language (STIL) files, allowing design engineers to efficiently compress very large automatic test pattern generation (ATPG) files using the scan methodology in their designs. Since STIL is up to 100 times more efficient in file compression than other ATPG file formats, users can easily move files over the Internet from design to test. Other supported formats include .wgl and .vcd.

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with more than 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

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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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