New Product Developed to Lower Cost of Test for Power Management ICs and Other High-voltage Devices
TOKYO, Japan – Oct. 25, 2022 – Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) today announced the latest addition to its Extended Power Supply (XPS) card series: the DC Scale XPS128+HV. This universal voltage-current (VI) instrument combines a high channel count (128 channels per card) with per-channel voltage ranges of up to +24V creating a test solution that efficiently addresses the test requirements for high-voltage devices such as USB Power Delivery components and charger functionalities in power management ICs (PMICs).
The XPS128+HV provides full channel compatibility with the existing XPS256 card, enabling efficient, highly parallel test of power management devices with enhanced capability for high-voltage applications while continuing to cover existing applications in the low-voltage domain. The new card meets these device requirements for a cost-efficient, large-pin-count ATE system with many power VI channels.
"Our customers are increasingly asking for solutions that can perform multisite parallel test of PMICs with multiple high-current power domains," said Jürgen Serrer, general manager and executive vice president of Advantest's V93000 Business Unit. "With its full four-quadrant operation, high channel count and extended voltage ranges, the XPS128+HV is an excellent fit for testing high-voltage PMIC applications."
The XPS uses Advantest's Xtreme Regulation™ technology, enabling a seamless change of operating modes from a force voltage to a force or sink current mode. This is often required when testing power management components such as low-dropout (LDO) or DC/DC regulators. Another capability of the Xtreme Regulation™ is its sequencer-controlled range changes, allowing extremely fast, deterministic test times without signal spikes that can damage a device under test (DUT).
The XPS128+HV instrument can supply ICs ranging from -10V to +24V with sufficient current rating on all 128 channels in parallel. Flexible ganging allows a combination of multiple channels to achieve an even higher current, enabling testing of DC/DC converters, which require multiple-ampere load current.
In addition, the card offers excellent force and measurement accuracy, which is a prerequisite for precise device trimming. Besides being used for PMIC testing, the new card can act as a standard power supply for high-performance computing and automotive applications, as well as microcontrollers (MCUs).
Already in use at several customer sites, the DC Scale XPS128+HV will be available to the global market next month.
About Advantest Corporation
Advantest (TSE: 6857) is the leading manufacturer of automatic test and measurement equipment used in the design and production of semiconductors for applications including 5G communications, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, high-performance computing (HPC) including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and more. Its leading-edge systems and products are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. The company also conducts R&D to address emerging testing challenges and applications; develops advanced test-interface solutions for wafer sort and final test; produces scanning electron microscopes essential to photomask manufacturing; and offers system-level test solutions and other test-related accessories. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest is a global company with facilities around the world and an international commitment to sustainable practices and social responsibility. More information is available at www.advantest.com.
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