SAN JOSE -- NPTest Inc., formerly known as Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions, here today introduced a suite of analog options for its system-on-a-chip (SoC) tester line.
The new options for the company's existing EXA3000 tester line include a 4.8-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) and a 10-GHz bandwidth Gigabit Sampler.
Targeted for PRML tests and related applications on the production floor, the analog options are geared for testing ICs in a range of applications, such as mass storage, datacom, and graphics, said Doug Cutsforth, vice president of product marketing at NPTest of San Jose.
The 4.8-Gbps AWG option for PRML tests provides a 1x differential channel at 4.8-Gsps, 2x channels at 2.4-Gsps, or 4x channels at 1.2-Gsps. The upgrade enhances performance to 8 bits with 1.9-GHz bandwidth.
The Gigabit Sampler option extends sampling capability for hard disk drives, DVI (TMDS), USB2.0 and 3G/10G-SERDES tests to 10-GHz bandwidth with 50-Msps at 12-bit resolution. With an extremely low noise floor, the Gigabit Sampler has 40-dB SNR for a 400-MHz signal.