San Jose, Calif.ATE (automatic test equipment) vendor Nextest Systems Corp. is rolling out two new semiconductor ATE systems for cost-sensitive applications. Both were showcased at the 2005 Semicon/Taiwan Exposition this month. Unfortunately, there’s scant additional information on these wares, not even on the company’s Web site,
Let's look at what we do know. Nextest's Magnum EV is a desktop test system. It lets you run and correlate test programs on your desktop without an expensive production system, thereby saving time and money. The Magnum EV is controlled by a 3.4-GHz Pentium 4 PC.
The Magnum EV system provides 128 pins with 132-MHz data rates, as well as features such as full-memory APG (automatic pattern generation) and error-catch. It provides 4-million random logic vectors.
The other new Nextest system is dubbed the Lightning SST. It meets the test requirements of cost-sensitive devices such as those in consumer digital appliances. Lightning delivers the resources to test SOC (system-on-a-chip) and SIP (system-in-a-package) technologies. The Lightning SST provides logic, memory, and analog test capability.
According to Nextest, the Lightning ensures a low cost-of-test by providing the capabilities of larger, more expensive analog testers onto a single circuit board. The single-board approach to dynamic analog test also lets you configure a Lightning with multiple copies of the board to support massively parallel test approaches.
In addition, the Lightning ATE system is fully re-configurable. Functions can be added as needed.
For more details, contact Nextest Systems Corp., 1901 Monterey Rd., San Jose, Calif. 95112. Phone: 408-817-7200. Fax: 408-817-7210. E-mail: email@example.com
Nextest Systems, 408-817-7200, www.nextest.com