Agilent Technologies’ New Cover-Extend Technology Eliminates Need for Physical Test Points for In-Circuit Test

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Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today unveiled a limited access solution for In-Circuit Test (ICT) users that eliminates the need for physical test points, offering benefits that traditional VTEP test cannot provide. Part of Agilent s VTEP v2.0 Powered test suite, the Agilent Cover-Extend Technology is a hybrid between two established test methodologies in the electronic manufacturing industry: Boundary Scan and VTEP Vectorless Test.

Unlike traditional VTEP test, which requires physical test points on the printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) for the injection of test stimulus signals, Agilent s Cover-Extend relies on stimulus provided by Boundary Scan cells, which do not require physical test points. The benefits of this technology include:

- Improved test coverage, which preserves users investment in in-circuit testers. Cover-Extend can recover up to 50-percent node access.

- Significant savings on fixturing, a continuous operating cost that can easily exceed the price of the ICT system itself over time. A typical factory using Cover-Extend on 30 lines can potentially save up to $500,000 per year.

- Strain relief on solder joints, resulting from fewer test probes needed underneath high-density ICs (e.g., BGAs), greatly reduce potential solder-joint damage due to excessive strain.

"Cover-Extend addresses key concerns in today s manufacturing environment -- cost, coverage, quality and speed," said Daniel Mak, vice president and general manager of Agilent s Measurement Systems Division. "The results we are getting from our customers lines are very positive, and we will implement Cover-Extend in full-scale production environments with some of our key customers in April."

More information about Agilent s Medalist VTEP v2.0 Powered vectorless test suite is available at www.agilent.com/see/vtep. Product images are available at http://www.agilent.com/find/vtep_images.
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