MPT3000 System's Capabilities in SSD Testing Expanded with Downloadable Firmware to Support Additional Protocols
TOKYO, Japan – August 3, 2015 – Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE) has made available to customers downloadable firmware that enables all MPT3000 systems to test Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 12G and Serial ATA (SATA) 6G solid-state drives (SSDs), making this tester the first true single-system solution for testing SAS, SATA and PCIe protocol SSDs. The addition of SAS and SATA to the proven support for PCIe 3.0, NVMe and AHCI extends the platform's test coverage to include SSDs that use any of today's major protocol standards, enabling SSD manufacturers to leverage one platform to increase their return on investment.
With the new downloadable protocols, the MPT3000 platform is now the most flexible and extendable SSD test solution on the market. The testers have changeable passive interface boards to support form factors including 2.5-inch drives, half- and full-height PC cards and M.2, allowing all new and installed MPT3000ENV and MPT3000ES testers to switch between SSD products in minutes. The MPT3000 platform with Stylus™ software, 12G electrical performance, a versatile tester-per-DUT architecture and Advantest's worldwide support protects customers' investments as the SSD market shifts from SATA to SAS and PCIe.
The system's design provides consistent management of test program development and support across a wide range of SSD products. For customers focusing on SATA products, the MPT3000 is a PCIe-ready SATA solution. For SSD manufacturers shipping NVMe drives in volume today, the platform provides the capability to optimize capacity by testing SAS and SATA products as well.
Advantest has already received purchase commitments for additional protocol licenses for MPT3000 systems in production at customer sites.
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