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Cadence, Advantest enter automotive testing partnership

Posted: 12 Dec 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Cadence Design Systems  Advantest  auto electronics  car electronics  automated test equipment 

Cadence Design Systems Inc. and Advantest Corp. announced a collaborative partnership to deliver a methodology for zero-defect testing of digital automotive electronics. According to the two companies, the collaboration will enable faster time-to-market and more complete testing of complex digital devices for new automobiles.

Using Advantest's automated test equipment (ATE) platforms, the collaboration combines traditional analogue part average testing techniques with the small delay defect detection capabilities of the Cadence Encounter True-Time Test software to produce a new generation of single-pass test methodologies for zero-defect testing of digital parts.

Cadence Encounter Test, a key component of the Cadence Encounter digital IC design platform, delivers the industry's most advanced test solution from RTL to silicon, said the press release. Technologies include Power-Aware ATPG methods to reduce power during test, test-data compression to lower cost of test, True-Time delay test to detect small delay defects. In combination, with Encounter Diagnostics for accelerated yield ramp, these technologies provide the highest quality of shippable silicon.

"The Cadence Encounter True-Time Test ATPG will allow us to create a single-pass and fully integrated test methodology for zero-defect digital designs, increasing product quality and reducing time to market and risk," said Shinichiro Umeda, senior vice president of Software Development Group at Advantest. "It's a focused collaboration to provide specific benefits to the automotive industry, but will be applicable elsewhere as well."

"Although this is a deep collaboration, from the standpoint of the automotive design chain, it has important benefits not just for Cadence and Advantest, but for our customers, their customers, and ultimately the individual car buyer," said Sanjiv Taneja, vice president of R&D for Encounter Test at Cadence. "By ensuring the quality of digital electronics in automobiles, we ensure the reliability of a dozen or more major components in every new car."

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