Teradyne (Boston, MA) announced today that STMicroelectronics has purchased a large volume of Catalyst test systems, expanding its installed base. The order is well in excess of $65 million and all systems will ship in 1999.
STMicroelectronics, a semiconductor company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, designs, develops, and manufactures a broad range of ICs. After a an analysis of all available ATE market alternatives, STMicroelectronics decided Catalyst was the best choice for its complex state-of-the-art products including STMicroelectronics' emerging system-on-a-chip (SOC) devices.
Teradyne has sold more than 200 Catalyst systems for the SOC test industry. In 1999, Catalyst expanded to test AGP4X graphics chips with a 400 Mb/s digital upgrade, cell phone RF and wireless LAN devices with six GHz microwave ports, and high performance communication converters with one pS jitter/800 MHz clocks. Test speeds are 50% to 600% faster as a result of a parallel processing FlexDSP architecture. Integrated with Teradyne's VX closed-loop Design-to-Test software, supported by IMS and Fluence pattern tools and with translators from popular logic test systems.
STMicroelectronics (formerly SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics) is a global independent semiconductor company. The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) and discrete devices used in a wide variety of microelectronics applications, including telecommunications systems, computer systems, consumer products, automotive products and industrial automation and control systems. Teradyne is a supplier of automatic test equipment and software for the electronics and telecommunications industries and a supplier of high-performance backplane assemblies and connectors.