2/5/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that DSP Group Inc. (Nasdaq: DSPG) has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system to characterize and test program development of a new integrated circuit (IC) for multimedia wireless residential system processors. The Agilent 93000's upgradeable architecture allows DSP Group to expand its existing system for analog/mixed signal test for this emerging SOC device.
"Our latest device combines multimedia capabilities (voice, data and video) with advanced digital and mixed-signal cores on a single piece of silicon, creating a true cutting-edge SOC test challenge," said Dima Friedman, foundry manager at DSP Group. "The Agilent 93000's scalable architecture enables us to test all of these cores in a single system, thereby reducing our development time and time to market."
"DSP Group's decision to expand the capabilities of its Agilent 93000 is a powerful endorsement of the single, scalable platform concept," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOCBU. "Agilent will continue to support DSP Group as their product portfolio grows, as well as push the limits of tester performance by delivering new test solutions."
Each tester pin on the Agilent 93000 has a dedicated test processor, which enables each pin to be configured independently. The result is a test platform that can simultaneously support a full range of test technologies including analog, high-speed digital, RF, embedded memory and scan, BIST-control, functional, and digital source and capture. With this single, scalable SOC platform, the testing mix can quickly be adjusted to support the full spectrum of testing requirements for present and future needs. All of this leads to a lower cost of test and faster time to market for SOC designs.
This architecture also enables the Agilent 93000 to test multiple devices simultaneously -- a technique known as multi-site test. Testing multiple devices increases device throughput, which contributes to an overall reduction in cost of test. DSP Group is using a dual-site test methodology to increase throughput on the Agilent 93000.
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 600 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 (SCMs) and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at www.agilent.com/see/soctest
More information about Agilent's semiconductor test products is available at www.agilent.com/see/atenews
About DSP Group
DSP Group, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company that is a worldwide leader in the short-range wireless market. By combining its DSP core technology with advanced RF CMOS, communication technology, video technology and speech-processing algorithms, DSP Group develops and provides a wide portfolio of short-range communication solutions, which are utilized for residential, SOHO, SME, enterprise and automotive applications. DSP Group solutions include digital 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz, DECT (1.9 GHz), 5.8 GHz and Bluetooth for voice, data and video communication as well as solutions for DVRs (Digital Voice Recorders) and MP3 applications. DSP Group also develops and markets embedded, integrated silicon/software solutions for Voice-over-Digital-Subscriber Line (VoDSL) and Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) applications, as well as other Voice-over-Packet applications for Integrated Access Devices (IAD) and IP phones.
More information about DSP Group and its products is available at www.dspg.com
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 $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com
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