Well known automatic test equipment (ATE) vendor Credence Systems (Milpitas, Calif.), a provider of design-to-production test gear for the semiconductor industry, has joined the Peripheral Component Interconnect-Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG), as well as the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.
For those of you not following such matters, HyperTransport is a board-level architecture for PCs, servers, network equipment, and communication systems.
For its part, PCI-Express is an emerging I/O interconnect architecture for I/O connections.
The emergence of these next-generation interface technologies, and faster asynchronous data rates on system-on-a-chip (SoC) devices, places unique test requirements before designers and test engineers who must now implement test systems using source-synchronous timing.
As a member of PCI-SIG and the HyperTransport Technology Consortium, Credence says it will be able to work with semiconductor companies to lower next-generation test costs as well as develop efficient design-to-test methodologies for these advanced devices.
"ATE vendors such as Credence provide valuable insight to help address HyperTransport test challenges as we move to faster speeds," avows Mario Cavalli, general manager of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.
Cavalli underscores what everyone knows: implementing effective test strategies is a key component in the device development cycle, and will be critical to the success of HyperTransport vendors.
"Credence's expertise will help manufacturers cost-effectively introduce applications supporting high speed HyperTransport devices," says Cavalli.
"PCI-SIG and the HyperTransport Technology Consortium are important organizations for promoting the adoption and deployment of next-generation high-speed bus technology," agrees Dr. Graham Siddall, chairman and chief executive officer of Credence.
"Industry-wide participation and collaboration are critical to solving difficult design and test challenges for these technologies."
The PCI-SIG is the Special Interest Group (SIG) that owns and manages PCI specifications as open industry standards. The organization defines and implements new industry standard I/O specs. More than 860 companies are active PCI-SIG members.
For more information about the PCI-SIG contact the SIG by phone at (503) 291-2569 (in the US), or by fax at (503) 297-1090, or visit the PCI-SIG Web site.
Similarly, The HyperTransport Technology Consortium says it's dedicated to promoting HyperTransport as an open, freely available industry specification for high bandwidth chip-to-chip communications.
Membership is therefore open to any industry participant (for a modest administrative fee). Membership betows the right to royalty-free use of HyperTransport Technology intellectual property.
More information can be obtained from the HyperTransport Technology Consortium Web site.
Right now, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Alliance Semiconductor, Apple Computer, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, PMC-Sierra, Sun Microsystems, and Transmeta are promoter members and comprise the Executive Committee.