BOSTON -- Teradyne Inc. here announced that Analog Devices Inc. has purchased multiple seats of its VX test simulation software. According to Teradyne, ADI reported great success with the product at its Analog Devices BV subsidiary in Ireland.
"Over the last 18 months, we've been connecting VX to our ADICE5 mixed-signal simulators," said JJ O'Riordan, senior staff engineer at Analog Devices BV, where VX is being applied to audio, video, and industrial converter designs. "Recently we completed our sixth new test package using the test simulation technology and the work has been extremely successful. Our post-silicon debug time has been reduced an average of eight weeks. Time-to-market is critical in our business and this new approach has made a dramatic difference."
The VX software will be used by test development engineers at ADI's Transportation and Industrial Products Division in Wilmington, Mass. Pilot tests have shown it operates consistently with that in Analog Devices BV.
"We have seen that VX-based test simulation is an excellent tool for training new test engineers without putting an additional burden on available tester time," said Dan Gudreau, test manager for ATE timing products at Analog Devices T&IPD. "Our next goal is to fully integrate VX into our test development work flow."
The suite of software tools provides a powerful closed-loop design-to-test capability. Simulation of the test package is controlled by running the same test program that will be used on the test system during silicon characterization and manufacturing test.
Teradyne announced earlier this week that Texas Instruments Inc. also has adopted the VX technology (see Sept. 22 story).