BOSTON --At the Semicon West trade show in San Jose next week, Teradyne Inc. plans to debut its newest Catalyst tester, which expands the series for ICs used in Bluetooth wireless systems. The new Catalyst Tiger is a 1,024-pin system-on-chip tester capable of handling speeds up to 1.6 gigabits per second, said Teradyne today.
The Boston-based company claimed the Catalyst Tiger is the first system-on-chip tester capable of breaking the 1-Gbit-per-second barrier. The system uses Teradyne's Zero Time digital signal processing (DSP) architecture to handle quad- and octal-site test for new "one chip/one product SoC devices."
Teradyne said the Tiger tester features 1,024 single ended or differential pins, device focused programming with timing, format, and I/O changes at full speed, integrated precision analog, ultra low jitter clocks, and high-speed time digitizing on any pin. The company is using high-speed silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology in the Tiger tester to handle high data rates for Bluetooth chip applications.