Semiconductor Equipment

Test platform expansion supports growth of automotive market

10 August 2022

Over the next five years, by some estimates, the automotive market is expected to become the largest consumer of semiconductor devices — surpassing 5G communications and high-performance computing, the current market leaders. Some analysts anticipate that the automotive segment will have a year-over-year growth rate of 20% to 25%, reaching as high as $100 billion by 2026.

The T5851-STM16G expands on the capabilities of the established T5851 test platform to enable system-level testing of NVMe BGA SSDs. Source: Advantest CorporationThe T5851-STM16G expands on the capabilities of the established T5851 test platform to enable system-level testing of NVMe BGA SSDs. Source: Advantest CorporationOne contributor to that growth is likely to be an escalating demand for advanced memory integrated circuits — specifically solid-state drives (SSDs) utilizing the nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) protocol in highly compact ball grid array (BGA) packages, which are a key component of advanced driver-assistance systems. As automatic test and measurement equipment manufacturer Advantest Corp. said developing and mass producing these SSD devices economically calls for reliable, cost-efficient test solutions.

With that goal in mind, Advantest has expanded its established T5851 test platform to enable system-level testing of NVMe BGA SSDs. Available as either a new tester from the factory or an enhancement to existing T5851 or T583X units, the T5851-STM16G tester is an all-in-one, turnkey NAND test solution that can handle devices with multiple protocols, including NVMe, UFS and PCIe, at speeds up to 16 Gbps. Its modular, tester-per-DUT architecture supports test flows required for system-level testing of up to 768 devices simultaneously, and it is suitable for use in both engineering environments and high-volume production sites. Tester integration with other members of the T5800 product family is also supported by the company’s FutureSuite software.

“We are proud to collaborate with our customer and strategic partner in developing NVMe system-level test technology for the fast-growing automotive electronics market,” said Masayuki Suzuki, Advantest’s executive vice president of the Memory Test Business Unit. “This effort is just the latest example of our commitment to expand and integrate our test and measurement solutions throughout the entire semiconductor value chain.”

Advantest recently showcased the T5851-STM16G at Flash Memory Summit 2022 in Santa Clara, California, alongside its T5835 high-speed memory test solution and T5221 NAND/NVM multi-wafer test solution. More information about all of the company’s memory test systems is available here.



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