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Advantest Introduces T2000 Platform with 8Gsps Waveform Generator and 8GHz Digitizer Module for SoC Testing

Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation today introduced its new T2000 8GWGD instrument, incorporating an 8-giga-samples-per-second (Gsps) waveform generator and an 8 GHz digitizer into a module for testing system-on-chip (SoC) devices used in mass-storage devices, including hard disk drives (HDDs).

"Advantest has long dominated the SoC test market, testing more than half of the SoCs being manufactured today," said Hans-Juergen Wagner, senior vice president, SoC Business Group at Advantest Corporation. "With this new tester, we are providing a solution for the fast-growing cloud computing market, which uses billions of HDDs to run massive server farms around the world."

The T2000 platform, configured with the 8GWGD (8Gsps Waveform Generator / 8GHz Digitizer Module) and 8GDM (8Gbps Digital Module), can handle fast SerDes PHY-layer interfaces and complex, high-speed analog waveform challenges typically found in mass-storage SoCs.

Using an Arbitrary Wave Generator (AWG), Advantest's new module can source complex signals such as Partial Response Maximum Likelihood (PRML) waveforms and multi-tone waveforms with a wide range of frequencies for high-speed analog-to-digital converters and analog front-end devices including preamplifiers. A unique feature is the gate output, which can be synchronized with the AWG to achieve high-precision timing.

The new module's signal-capture digitizer is capable of enhancing system throughput and performing high-bandwidth analog measurements. Moreover, it provides test solutions for eye-diagram, rise/fall time and time propagation delay measurements as well as cycle-to-cycle and long-time jitter. This enables testing of high-speed digital-to-analog converters and preamplifiers as well as fast digital-interface and phase-locked loop (PLL) devices.

Source: http://www.advantest.co.jp/

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