March 21. 2012. LTX-Credence launched the Diamondx semiconductor test system, targeted at ASSP (application specific standard products) and complex microcontrollers in wireless and mobility applications and consumer ICs. The system can test the following and other devices:
• wireless cellular, LAN, PAN, GPS location, and tuner devices,
• mobility digital and analog baseband and applications processors,
• mobility power-management ICs,
• microcontrollers (8/16/32 bits),
• optical-storage DVD/CD codecs and controllers,
• high definition digital TV and set-top-box decoders and controllers,
• PC peripherals (SATA, USB, and Cardbus),
• digital-camera controllers, and
• printer drivers and motor controllers.
Diamondx offers a universal instrument slot architecture, allowing easy scaling from single-site to multi-site, from digital only to mixed-signal to RF ASSP configurations. Its small footprint makes it suitable for lab development and high-volume production. A PCI-Express2 Data Bus supports up to 80 Gb/s bi-directional transfer between system CPU and test-head. Concurrent test support enables the testing of multiple digital ports as well as SerDes, analog, and RF devices in parallel. The sytem features IMA (Integrated Multi-system Architecture) compliance, enabling integration of multiple Diamondx test heads on-site, bringing the ability to scale the test head slot count up to meet pin count requirements of multi-site and or new devices.
Diamondx can be configured with multiple digital, power, mixed-signal, and RF instruments and can accommodate over 5000 pins. Diamondx RF instrumentation—DragonRF—facilitates 16, 32, or 64 universal vector RF ports and, configured with the optional port to pin expander, scales up to 128 RF pins. DragonRF provides 6-GHz modulated source and 8-GHz measure capabilities with less than 1 ms settling time. Leveraging the LTXC wireless modulation and demodulation library, DragonRF comes with the complete set of tools to test the entire range of cellular and connectivity standards, including GSM, Edge, GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, CDMA, LTE, GPS, and 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/p.
The Diamondx comes with a full suite of graphical software tools for test creation, debug, characterization, and high-volume production of digital and consumer ASSP devices. The software, Unison, is based on industry standards such as the IEEE Standard Test Interface Language (STIL), C++, and Linux.
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