Agilent Rolls Out BIST Assist 6.4 High-speed Production-test Solution

4/20/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the semiconductor test industry's first high-speed production-test solution for identifying the maximum number of product defects at the lowest cost. BIST Assist 6.4 is built on innovative technology that enables signal integrity testing of high-speed serial links up to 6.4 Gb/s using a cost-effective loopback/BIST (built-in self-test) approach. An extension to the Agilent 93000 SOC Series, BIST Assist 6.4 delivers cost savings in excess of 50 percent over conventional at-speed production solutions.

To date, testing devices with high-speed links has forced a compromise. Traditional at-speed test approaches of automated test equipment (ATE) and bench instruments offer the highest fault coverage but at a price too high for volume manufacturing of cost-sensitive, consumer-driven devices. Loopback test offers low cost but does not provide adequate defect identification. BIST Assist 6.4 offers the best of both worlds -- the fault coverage of traditional ATE at the low cost associated with loopback.

"BIST Assist 6.4 revolutionizes the way companies conduct high-speed interface test," said Tom Newsom, vice president of Agilent Technologies and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "We're launching our customers into the next frontier of test where they do not have to sacrifice results for low cost. Agilent is committed to extending the capabilities of our 93000 family to ensure that customers can maintain a single-platform architecture that evolves in anticipation of their most difficult testing challenges."

BIST Assist 6.4 provides a unique solution for high-volume testing of leading high-speed interfaces such as PCI Express, Serial ATA, Fibre Channel and Serial RapidIO. These high-speed interfaces are becoming pervasive in current and future-generation convergence devices such as media PCs, disk drives, set top boxes and digital video recorders. The continuing trend toward miniaturization and higher functionality drives the need for faster system links on a device or on a circuit board. BIST Assist 6.4 delivers the lowest cost production test solution for high-speed links on the market.

BIST Assist 6.4 provides at-speed level control and precision and adjustable jitter injection up to 430 ps, exercising high-speed link performance and expanding fault coverage. Because BIST Assist 6.4 is a calibrated solution within the test head, it is both a robust production and an efficient characterization solution. Each BIST Assist 6.4 card provides four loops (16 differential pins) operating up to 6.4 Gb/s.

BIST Assist enables unmatched performance insights to define production parameters and, with its leading-edge speed range, provides a solution for future generations of high-speed links. In addition, the BIST Assist setup tool provides a unique graphical user interface that ensures rapid test program creation and implementation.

Pricing and Availability
With BIST Assist, a complete Agilent 93000 test solution for PCI Express is available for $995,000. This solution provides the full test capability for a PCI Express bridge device requiring 64 pins at 6.4 Gb/s and up to 256 digital pins at 400 Mb/s, as well as the software, support and services necessary to complete the solution. BIST Assists will be available in June 2004. More information about the Agilent 93000 BIST Assist 6.4 high-speed link solution 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 750 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

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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 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

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