Advantest Introduces New PVI8 Floating Power Source to Enable Its V93000 Platform to Test High-Voltage and High-Current ICs

Advantest Introduces New PVI8 Floating Power Source to Enable Its V93000 
Platform to Test High-Voltage and High-Current ICs 
Enhancement Allows Popular Test Platform to Address Growing
Integration Trend in SoC Market 
TOKYO, JAPAN -- (Marketwired) -- 07/02/14 --  Leading semiconductor
test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) (NYSE: ATE)
has launched its new PVI8 floating power source, which extends the
capabilities of its market-leading V93000 test platform for
high-voltage and high-current testing of embedded power devices. This
enhancement gives the V93000 sufficient power and enough analog and
digital channels on a single platform to conduct highly parallel,
cost-efficient testing of embedded power ICs. 
"Our new test solution addresses the trend toward higher integration
of digital, analog, high-speed and high-power functions on a single
SoC (system-on-chip)," said Hans-Juergen Wagner, senior vice
president, SoC Business Group at Advantest Corporation. "By offering
massive parallel testing of microcontroller units with embedded power
functions and other complex power devices, we are the first ATE
supplier to provide the global semiconductor industry with the
required channel density for testing these fast-growing devices in a
very cost-efficient way." 
Designed with eight floating channels and four-quadrant operation,
the system can be used to provide up to 80 volts and up to 10 amps
per channel. The eight-channel PVI8 can be ganged up to +/-80 amps
for high-power stress testing of devices under test (DUTs) at their
maximum ratings. For testing high-voltage supplies, the PVI8 can be
stacked up to +/-160 volts due to its floating design. 
The unit's measurement ranges are independent of the force ranges so
operators may switch between ranges without subjecting DUTs to
voltage or current spikes, powering down, latch up or device damage. 
With its native pattern-controlled operation, the PVI8 does not need
to interact with the test system CPU during power tests, leading to
extremely fast test times. Highly stable measurements are achieved by
maintaining a constant pattern speed as well as using short power
pulses to prevent heating of the DUTs. 
Each power VI channel has its own test processor and a large 56-MB
memory, enabling efficient operation of the 16-bit arbitrary waveform
generator (AWG) and fully pattern-controlled digitizer. The test
processors' high-capacity memories eliminate the need to reload
waveforms of pattern-based instruments during program runs, allowing
multiple tests to be performed within a single pattern sequence. 
Advantest's PVI8 floating source is shipping now to customers
worldwide. The system is available as a factory-installed option on
V93000 testers or as a field upgrade. 
About Advantest Corporation 
A world-class technology company, Advantest is the leading producer
of automatic test equipment (ATE) for the semiconductor industry and
a premier manufacturer of measuring instruments used in the design
and production of electronic instruments and systems. Its
leading-edge systems and products are integrated into the most
advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. The company
also focuses on R&D for emerging markets that benefit from
advancements in nanotech and terahertz technologies, and has
introduced multi-vision metrology scanning electron microscopes
essential to photomask manufacturing, as well as a groundbreaking 3D
imaging and analysis tool. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest
established its first subsidiary in 1982, in the USA, and now has
subsidiaries worldwide. More information is available at 
Judy Davies
VP of Global Marketing Communications
+1 408-456-3717 
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