SynTest DFT Tools Facilitate Micrel's First-to-Market Status
for Industry's Most Integrated ARM9-based
High-Performance SOHO Gateway Solution, KS8695
SUNNYVALE, California, September 3, 2003, Micrel
Semiconductor (Nasdaq: MCRL), an industry leader in the design and manufacture
of integrated circuits for the high- speed communications, power management
and analog markets, recently announced the industry's most integrated
high-performance SOHO gateway solution, the KS8695 chip and reference
design package. With the introduction of the KS8695, Micrel is the first
company to successfully integrate 5-port fast Ethernet transceivers, MACs,
switch controller and on-chip frame buffer memory with a high-performance
ARM922T core, offering a fully optimized solution for the SOHO gateway
This ultra-high performance SOHO gateway device was completed in record
time, and the DFT (design-for-test) tools supplied by SynTest Technologies,
Inc. a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based DFT software tool and services company,
enabled an accelerated release to the market.
Dr. J.C. Lin, Vice President of Ethernet Products at Micrel said, "We
were looking for a partner with a complete set of proven and easy-to-use
DFT tools, who could support our efforts to detect errors up-front and
avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes down the road. The chip was going
to be complex and we knew that functional tests would not be adequate
and reliable. We had to have high fault coverage and compact ATPG patterns.
SynTest helped our design team achieve our goals." He further noted, "The
SynTest DFT tools enabled us to test various modules on command, and maximize
our productivity. The compact ATPG patterns generated by SynTest's TurboScan-ATPG
software allowed us to reduce time-to-market-using ATE to test the structural
reliability of our chip design and also provided greater flexibility in
the choice of our ATE, to keep costs down. SynTest also provided exemplary
customer support and we are very happy with our choice of SynTest, as
our DFT partner."
Dr. L.T. Wang, President, SynTest said, "We would like to congratulate
Micrel, Dr. Lin and his team, on their commendable achievement. We are
very honored and happy that Dr. Lin put his confidence in SynTest and
that we were able to contribute to their success."
How Micrel Used SynTest's DFT Tools and Services
To ensure a predictable outcome, eliminate potential design flaws at the
last minute, and achieve high fault coverage, Micrel chose to use DFT
methodology for a scan-based design from the very beginning. It selected
SynTest's TurboScan scan insertion and ATPG tool to facilitate
the testing of the KS8695.
Micrel Semiconductor is a leading manufacturer of advanced, high performance
communications, clock management, Ethernet router, switch and physical
layer transceiver, mixed signal, analog and power ICs. These products
include devices for fiber-optic telecommunications and networking, cellular
telephones, servers, portable computer systems, computer peripherals,
process control systems, consumer electronics and power supplies.
For More Information: Micrel web site: http://www.micrel.com
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