ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. Hewlett-Packard will roll out some big iron at the International Test Conference (ITC) this year, as it attempts to tackle some acute test problems posed by the latest logic and memory chips.
For starters, HP says its HP 95000 High-Speed Memory test system is among the first in the industry to provide a 32-site RDRAM production test capability. "HP competitors have introduced memory test systems that can handle only eight sites at once," said an HP spokesperson.
Standing alongside the memory machine is the C400 Model, the second member of the company's newly introduced HP 93000 system-on-chip test-system family (see photo above).
The C400 is a lower-cost version but still offers 400-Mbit/second data rates and the same test-processor-per-pin architecture as the higher-performance family member introduced at Semicon West last July. The C400 supports 448 or 996 digital pins, in addition to 32 analog modules.
For those testing image-processor ICs, the HP 94000ip mixed-signal test platform handles either CMOS or charge-coupled devices, with up to an 8-megapixel image array. In addition, the unit tests both the image array and any incorporated processing logic. These chips are found in digital cameras and the like.
According to HP, competing products can test only up to 1 million pixels in a single pass, and require a separate pass to test the array processing logic.
Two other products will be showcased at ITC: the HP 84000 RF IC/wireless IC test system, which features millimeter wave measurement above 40 GHz, often used in satellite-to-ground transmission, and the HP 81200 IC and system-characterization tool.
The latter validates high-speed digital designs at up to 1-Mbit/s data rates and will be of primary interest to those who need to debug high-speed digital designs without having to tie up an entire semiconductor test system.
Pricing is as follows: The 32-site memory tester sells for $100,000 to $150,000 per site. The C400 sells for $3,000 per pin. The image-processing unit starts at $650,000, and the RF tester starts below $500,000.
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