WILSONVILLE, Ore.--Mentor Graphics Corp. said Advanced Micro Devices Inc. used its automatic test pattern generator (ATPG), called FastScan, to help speed up the launch of its Athlon microprocessor last month. The AMD processor was introduced with speeds of 650 MHz (see Aug. 9 story).
"Design-for-test tools represent a crucial part of our strategy to help semiconductor companies, such as AMD, reduce overall design costs by increasing testing flexibility, capacity and performance," said Walden C. Rhines, president and CEO of Mentor.
The Athlon processor has a total of 22 million transistors. For more than 10 million of those transistors, FastScan with MacroTest enabled AMD to reduce the number of design-for-test structures while maintaining high quality within the design cycle, according to Mentor. As a result of the tool, AMD was able to greatly accelerate the development and introduction of the company's fastest PC processor, said Tim Wood, design for testability section manager at AMD.