Press Release Summary:
With Medalist i3070 Series 5, manufacturers can combine flash programming and in-circuit test into single footprint. Flash programming is enabled by plugging programming cards into Medalist i3070 Series 5 utility card. System addresses variety of test needs, including IEEE1149.6 boundary-scan standard testing and limited-access test applications for complex and small-footprint boards in consumer electronics, data communication, automotive, aerospace and defense, and medical applications.
Original Press Release:
Agilent Technologies Introduces Flash Programming on its Medalist In-Circuit Test Platform
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced flash programming capabilities on its industry-leading Medalist i3070 Series 5 in-circuit test (ICT) utility card platform. This new high-performance, in-system programming (ISP) capability reduces cost of test while enabling fast and flexible code and design changes. Flash programming is enabled by plugging programming cards into the Agilent Medalist i3070 Series 5 utility card -- no test fixture is required. Manufacturers now can combine flash programming and in-circuit test into a single footprint, saving time, space and money.
Additional benefits include:
o lower capital equipment cost because manufacturers can leverage their Agilent Medalist i3070 Series 5 for this additional capability;
o increased speed for flash programming compared with conventional fixture-based ISP on the older in-circuit test systems;
o increased flexibility for code or engineering changes, even during advanced stages of design and production;
o less damage to devices due to reduced handling; and
o reduction in inventory of pre-programmed devices.
"Agilent is committed to helping our board test customers reduce their cost of test and maximize their ROIC through new technologies and capabilities," said Daniel Mak, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Measurement Systems Division. "The new flash programming capability for Agilent's Medalist series is another example of this commitment."
Instead of buying pre-programmed chips, manufacturers now can have higher-speed flash memory and micro-controller unit chips on their own ICT system's production line. In addition, because the new tester-based Agilent ISP flash solution doesn't rely on fixtures, implementation and debugging is much easier.
Agilent has partnered with programming vendors, including Essepie S.R.L., SMH Technologies S.R.L., and Xeltek., to provide a wide range of supported flash device protocols and extensive device coverage.
The Medalist i3070 Series 5 ICT system addresses a broad array of in-circuit and functional test needs, including IEEE1149.6 boundary-scan standard testing and limited-access test applications for highly complex and small-footprint boards in sophisticated consumer electronics, data communication, automotive, aerospace and defense, and medical applications. The test system has been able to test low-voltage components reliably since the introduction of the 3070.
The new flash programming capability, enabled through the Agilent Utility Card, is available today. For more information, visit: www.agilent.com/find/utility.
For more details on Agilent's Medalist i3070 Series 5 ICT system, visit www.agilent.com/find/i3070. For more information about Agilent's complete suite of in-circuit test solutions, visit www.agilent.com/find/ict. A photo of the i3070 Series 5 is available at www.agilent.com/find/Series5_images.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world's premier measurement company and a technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 17,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenues of $4.5 billion in fiscal 2009. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com.
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