The challenge of pre-qualification test and debug in the design of Bluetooth systems is expected to be met with the Bluetooth Protocol Tester. The new tester, which is being jointly developed by Advantest Corp. and Tality Corp., a subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems Inc., will perform Bluetooth protocol pre-qualification and production tests according to the Bluetooth Test Specification. It will combine the test equipment and instrumentation expertise of Advantest with the Bluetooth expertise and IP of Tality, to put Bluetooth pre-qualification test capability into the hands of development engineers. The tester will be targeted at low-volume production testing.
Tality will develop the signalling card that provides the physical layer and protocol for the Bluetooth test environment, while Advantest will develop the signal and user interfaces to enable integration of the card into the overall test system, as well as test management and control software. Advantest will also license Tality's Bluetooth baseband controller core and protocol stack.