Elma, DFT Microsystems Team on SerDes Test Modules for Embedded Systems

Elma Electronic Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic packaging products, and DFT Microsystems, a leader in high density test solutions for high-speed semiconductor device interfaces, have partnered to offer high-speed SerDes Test modules for the embedded systems market. The first Test module the companies are releasing is the DV3200, designed for the VPX architecture. It is fully compliant to the latest VITA 46.0 base specification and comes in the 6U form factor. The modules can be used to test the true Bit Error Rate (BER) performance for the multi-gigabit per second signals across the serial links. Jitter, timing, voltage, and pattern tests can be generated with the DV3200.

The plug-in modules allow quick and accurate testing, without the expense capital-intensive equipment. With direct plugging to a laptop via a USB connection and a user-friendly GUI software, the user can start testing within minutes. As the modules are easy to use and do not require equipment such as oscilloscopes, TDRs, signal analyzers or generators, the SerDes test modules also save on training/personnel costs.

“The SerDes Test Modules are an excellent complementary solution to Elma’s line of VPX products,” said Shan Morgan, VP of Sales for Elma Electronic. “With these modules and Elma’s VPX enclosure platforms or test chassis, the customer can do full prototyping and testing of his VPX system.”

“We are very excited about our partnership with Elma Electronic,” said David Lisk, President and CEO of DFT Microsystems. “We believe that the combination of DFT’s high-density Gbps test modules and Elma’s enclosure platforms and test chassis result in significant productivity enhancements for the entire embedded systems community. Our offerings will enable this community to deal with the SerDes design challenges with unprecedented efficiency and ease of use.”

Elma and DFT Microsystems will announce a MicroTCA test module solution in the summer of 2008. Other form factors and architectures are also planned.

About Elma Electronic
Elma Electronic Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of enclosures, backplanes, cabinets, cases, and “ready-to-run” packaging for ATCA, CPCI, MicroTCA, Rugged COTS, VME/64x, VXS, VPX, and custom bus structures. Elma operates three facilities in the continental United States plus has locations in Switzerland, China, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Israel. Elma Electronic Inc. is located at 44350 Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538 USA. Phone (510) 656-3400 – Fax (510) 656-3783.

About DFT Microsystems, Inc.
DFT Microsystems delivers a breakthrough in semiconductor test cost and performance via its compact test instruments. By delivering state of the art analog and high-speed digital test capability, DFT Microsystems’ technology extends the capabilities and economic life of any ATE platform. Our instruments provide solutions that dramatically reduce test cost and accelerate time-to-volume.