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May 2019


Trustable AI for Dependable Systems

Interest in implementing artificial intelligence (AI) for a wide range of industries has been growing steadily due to its potential for streamlining functions and delivering time and cost savings. However, in order for electrical and electronic systems utilizing AI to be truly dependable, the AI itself must be trustable.
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PCB Design Topologies for 5G and WiGig ATE Applications

The opening of the millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum to the next generation of mobile communications introduces mmWave-based communications to the consumer arena. This new generation includes 5G and WiGig [Wi-Fi-certified 60MHz communications]. From a test engineering point of view, mmWave communications require a significant jump in testing frequencies from the maximum of 6 gigahertz (GHz) used for LTE applications to frequencies as high as 44GHz for 5G and 72 GHz for WiGig.
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This month’s GO POLL wants to know what are your expectations for the most important benefits of 5G?

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Q&A Interview with Keith Schaub, Vice President of Business Development for Advantest America’s Applied Research Technology and Ventures

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques such as machine learning is growing as the semiconductor industry discovers new ways to use these approaches to do things that humans cannot. In this issue, we talk with Keith Schaub, Vice President of Business Development for Advantest America’s Applied Research Technology and Ventures, about unique research Advantest is conducting with the Univ. of Texas, Dallas, to integrate machine learning into a challenging area of chip development: RF transceiver design, test and manufacturing.
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New V93000 Wave Scale Millimeter Solution Cost-Effectively Tests 5G-NR mmWave Devices up to 70 GHz

Advantest Corporation has extended its V93000 system to cost-efficiently test the next generation of 5G-NR radio frequency devices and modules on a single scalable platform.  The new V93000 Wave Scale Millimeter solution has the high multi-site parallelism and versatility needed for multi-band millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies.  The operational range from 24 GHz to 44 GHz and 57 GHz to 70 GHz enables customers to reduce their time to market for new designs running at mmWave frequencies.
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New T2000 Module Has Industry’s Highest Analog Digitizer for Cost-Efficient Testing of High-Res Audio ICs

Advantest’s new GPWGD high-resolution module features the industry’s highest analog-performance digitizer, which supports testing of high-resolution audio digital-to-analog converters (DACs) embedded in power-management ICs (PMICs) as well as stand-alone high-resolution audio devices. The module’s innovative measurement technique performs over an ultra-high dynamic range, achieving unprecedented accuracy in analog testing from device characterization to mass production without requiring complex performance boards or additional test and measurement instruments on the T2000 test platform.
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VOICE 2019 Developer Conference Gears Up for an Exciting Technical Program

Advantest is previewing the technical program and complete list of keynote speakers for both locations of its VOICE 2019 Developer Conference.  For the first time, the conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona on May 14-15 and Singapore on May 23 under the unifying theme “Measure the Connected World and Everything in ItSM.”
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Blockchain May Soon Be Everywhere

Just as disruptive integrated circuit (IC) technologies have been invented, evolved, tested and secured adoption for widespread use, the same is true for innovative applications – such as blockchain. Conceived in 2008, blockchain is gaining momentum as a means of enabling the secure distribution of data for digital transactions.
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Please plan to visit or join Advantest at these upcoming events:

VOICE 2019
Scottsdale, AZ, USA, May 14-15, 2019
Singapore, May 23, 2019

GSA Memory+ Conference
Shanghai, China, May 15, 2019

Test Symposium
Baden-Baden Germany, May 27-31, 2019

SWTest Conference
Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA, USA, June 2-5, 2019

San Francisco, CA, USA, July 9-11, 2019

Flash Memory Summit
Santa Clara, CA, August 6-8, 2019

Taipei, Taiwan, September 28-20, 2019

Montpellier, France, September 16-20, 2019


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