Asahi Kasei Microsystems Tests Mixed-Signal ICs with Agilent 93000

12/9/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co. Ltd. (AKM), a leading provider of audio ICs for professional and consumer markets, has purchased multiple units of Agilent's 93000 SOC Series with the Audio/Video 8 analog card for testing audio/video ICs. With its industry-first Audio/Video 8 analog card, the Agilent 93000 enables AKM to conduct true parallel, multi-site mixed-signal testing at the lowest cost for high-volume manufacturing. AKM's ICs are used for communications and consumer multimedia applications such as home audio products.

"When we benchmarked the Agilent 93000 SOC Series with its Audio/Video 8 analog card against other automated test equipment, it provided higher-quality analog performance, better support for quick production ramp-up and the lowest cost-of-test," said Yasumi Takahashi, test section manager at AKM's LSI plant in Nobeoka, Japan. "The flexibility of the 93000 and the Audio/Video 8 card's ability to conduct parallel multi-site testing are critical for our needs."

Agilent's Audio/Video 8 analog card offers the industry's highest level of integration for parallel multi-site test; it features eight independent units with arbitrary waveform generator or digitizer functionality. Each unit can be easily configured for 24-bit audio or 14-bit video coverage as needed through a graphical user interface. As a result, the Audio/Video 8 card can be used to test a wide range of devices, such as mixed-signal SOC/SIPs in cellular handsets, automotive sound systems, MP3 players and audio cards for computers.

"The Audio/Video 8 card demonstrates Agilent's commitment to expanding the 93000 SOC Series' scalable platform architecture to meet our customers' changing test needs at the lowest cost," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "We're delighted that Asahi Kasei Microsystems has adopted the Audio/Video 8 card to help achieve their goal of bringing high-quality, mixed-signal integrated circuits to market quickly and at a reduced cost."

Further information about Agilent's semiconductor test products is available at

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest-growing, lowest-cost single, scalable platform architecture with more than 800 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 subcontract manufacturers and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at

About Asahi Kasei Microsystems
Asahi Kasei Microsystems Co. Ltd. (AKM) is focused on the emerging information/communications society. Since 1983, AKM has based its corporate operation and development in two fast-growing areas vital to the growth of information and communication systems -- custom and application-specific LSIs. AKM has developed CMOS technology for circuits that were generally considered impossible to implement in CMOS form and rapidly expanded the development and application of this technology. This has led to world-leading design and process technologies for high-quality, low-power consumption products for communications and multimedia applications, including analog and digital mixed-circuit ICs for mobile communications equipment, A/D and D/A converters based on Delta-Sigma self-calibration technology, and data storage ICs, which incorporate lossless data compression and error-correction technology. As a vital, energetic corporation driven by the constant development of technology and its application to the growth of the information-communications society, AKM will continue to meet the rising expectations of its customers and end users.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $7.2 billion in fiscal year 2004. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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