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OTTAWA ? Agilent Technologies Inc. has established a system-on-a-chip (SOC) testing and training centre that will provide a wide spectrum of SOC testing capabilities to meet the needs of regional fabless semiconductor companies and IC design communities for testing semiconductor devices.
  The centre will also offer training programs for Canadian and regional design and test engineers. Access to this regional training centre is aimed at improving  productivity while reducing costs for local companies.

?Agilent recognizes the significance of the microelectronics industry in Canada, especially in the Ottawa area, known as Silicon Valley North,? said Denis Jacques, Agilent?s country general manager. ?Having this capability locally will greatly benefit everyone who requires access to this leading-edge technology to help reduce development costs and improve time to market.?
 Agilent will provide access to its flagship 93000 SOC series scalable platform architecture, so users can test a variety of devices, including high-speed I/Os, mixed-signal, analog, digital and RF components. Agilent?s BIST Assist 6.4 for high-speed interface testing and Audio/Video 8 cards for parallel, multi-site analog testing will also be available. 
 Agilent fabless applications engineer Stephen Crowe (seated) demonstrates the capabilities of the 93000 SOC series to testing and training centre open house guests.?Agilent?s testing and training centre will extend the latest SOC testing technologies and help narrow the gap between design and test for Quake Technologies,? said Bill Forster, Quake?s vice-president of operations. ?As a semiconductor design company, the ability to access Agilent?s SOC series, combined with the application support it is providing, is invaluable to our success and competitiveness.?
 Enrollment for training programs is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The centre is located at 535 Leggett Dr., Suite 100, Ottawa, Ont., K2K 2X3. More information on the training centre and programs is available at www.agilent.com/see/stetrainingschedule or by calling 1-800-829-4444.
 The Agilent 93000 SOC series is reportedly the industry?s fastest growing, lowest cost scalable platform architecture with more than 950 installed systems worldwide. The 93000 series is designed to meet both the performance and cost challenges of SOC testing. Models are configured to span a wide range of applications that may require ultra-high-speed digital data rates, up to 10 Gb/s, and a broad range of mixed-signal and RF capabilities. With this range of capabilities, the 93000 SOC is suitable for subcontract manufacturers and high-volume manufacturing.
 Agilent Technologies Canada has offices in Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Burnaby.


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