Duo collaborate on digital high-speed interface test solution

26th June 2019
Posted By : Mick Elliott

Semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest has partnered with MultiLane to develop instrumentation that extends the V93000 platform’s ability to cost-effectively test the next generation of digital high-speed interfaces.

The Multilane instruments provide test data rates up 112Gbps in PAM4 and 56Gbps in NRZ with scope analysis capabilities with 50GHz bandwidth.

By working closely together, the two test equipment companies have developed a highly integrated solution that brings these high-frequency resources very close to the device under test (DUT) and significantly enhances signal integrity and test accuracy.

The companies combined resources to provide solutions ideal for testing the next generation of devices for applications including data centres and artificial intelligence (AI). The instruments, to be sold and supported by MultiLane, expand the V93000’s digital and analogue top-end frequency limits to levels critical for development of the newest communications infrastructure.

Breaking the mould of traditional automatic test equipment (ATE) solutions, this collaboration allows use of the ATE DUT board with MultiLane’s high-frequency instruments on the bench as well as use of bench-type measurement and characterisation tools on the ATE.

An integrated software environment maintains the flexible, interactive aspect of bench instruments while adding hooks to control and manage the instruments in high-volume production environments.

“By working together, MultiLane and Advantest have grown and enhanced each other’s capabilities, providing our customers with the wide-band 112-Gbps PAM4 test capabilities that are so critical for data centre and AI growth plans,” said Juergen Serrer, executive vice president of the V93000 Business Unit within Advantest’s ATE Business Group.

“MultiLane is excited to bring our products to Advantest’s semiconductor-test-focused customer base and to bring the V93000’s rich feature set to MultiLane’s communications-focused customer base. As our traditional customers expand their integration levels, the V93000 will provide them with many fully integrated capabilities to improve the testing of their products and speed their time to market,” responded Fadi Daou, CEO of MultiLane.

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