PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. and LogicVision Inc. are in discussions to form a partnership to link built-in chip testing technology with stand-alone automatic test equipment (ATE), according to the companies.
Under the proposed plan, the two companies will develop and market products that leverage Agilent's testers with embedded intellectual property from LogicVision to lower the overall cost of testing, said Rodger Sykes, vice president of marketing for LogicVision of San Jose.
LogicVision's technology runs on ATE systems to access and control embedded build-in self-test (BIST) functions in complex ICs. The technology can be used to reduce testing times and cost for new ICs.
"We're talking to Agilent," Sykes said in an interview with SBN. Sykes said Agilent and LogicVision are still in discussions, but a deal has not been finalized.
But if a deal is struck, it would represent yet another major coup for LogicVision's partnership program to link embedded test and ATE. The company already has partnerships with most of the leading ATE vendors, including Advantest, Credence, LTX, and Teradyne.
"Agilent is about the only one we haven't got a deal with," Sykes said.