IMS Introduces Linux Controller for Vanguard System to Increase Speed, Performance and Usability

Aug 26, 2002, 01:00 ET from Credence Systems Corporation

    BEAVERTON, Ore., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Integrated Measurement
 Systems, Inc. (IMS), A Credence Company (Nasdaq:   CMOS), today announced that
 its flagship Vanguard(TM) digital engineering validation test system is now
 available with a Linux controller for increased productivity in the
 engineering design and validation test environment.  Current Vanguard users
 can also easily convert to Linux with no impact to hardware operation or
 software test program and analysis tools.  With Linux support on the Vanguard
 system, engineering teams can perform verification, debug, characterization
 and analysis of complex, digital integrated circuits (ICs) with increased
     In response to the increased usage of Linux OS by semiconductor design
 groups, IMS is the first engineering validation test supplier to use Linux to
 control semiconductor test hardware.  According to a recent Gartner Dataquest
 study(1), nearly half of potential workstation purchasers currently use or
 plan to use the Linux on workstations, and 14 percent of current or
 prospective Linux users would employ Linux for electronic design automation
 (EDA) tasks.
     "Over the past year we've seen a growing number of design and product
 engineers using Linux PCs in the engineering environment," said Jack Frost,
 vice president and general manager of IMS' Systems Business Unit.  "Operating
 the Vanguard system on the Linux OS increases system performance up to 60
 percent and provides tighter integration with the EDA environment.  Currently,
 all industry-leading EDA suppliers offer Linux support for their device
 simulation tools because of its widely recognized performance enhancements,
 ease of use and cost benefits.  The Vanguard Linux controller suits the Linux
 development environment extremely well, and many of the same benefits
 experienced in EDA can be realized during device characterization and debug
 utilizing the Vanguard."
     The Vanguard Linux controller provides the same operational feature set as
 the Sun controller but offers improved interactive response in the graphical
 user interface (GUI) and higher processing throughput in batch operations.
 Related IMS tools, such as pattern translators, are also run under Linux and
 provide complete support for Vanguard in a Linux-only environment.
     The Linux controller option for new Vanguard systems, as well as upgrade
 options for installed Vanguard systems, are both currently available.
     About Vanguard
     Vanguard digital engineering validation test systems are optimized
 specifically for the engineering environment, with interactive software tools
 to quickly and easily create and modify test setups and sequences. Test and
 design engineers can view test results on screen immediately, focus on key
 indicators, modify test conditions, and re-run tests quickly.
     Vanguard's compact, mobile design and air-cooling allow the system to be
 moved within and between analysis labs where other diagnostic equipment is
 located.  The innovative docking solution provides full-speed performance even
 when coupled with diagnostic and analytical systems.  The Vanguard controller
 can also be integrated into a workstation network, allowing design and test
 engineers from multiple locations to share test setup and result information
     The fastest member of the Vanguard family is the Vanguard 550.  With data
 rates up to 1.1 Gbit/s, it provides a powerful and cost-effective solution for
 testing devices with 533MHz clock rates and 1066 Mbit/s data rates.  The
 Vanguard 500 has a maximum data rate of 1 Gbit/s data.  The Vanguard 330, with
 data rates up to 660 Mbits/s, meets the needs of slower devices while offering
 a lower entry price.  If full Vanguard 500 performance is needed later on,
 either temporarily or permanently, the Vanguard 330 can be upgraded to
 Vanguard 500 performance very quickly by upgrading the license key.
     About Integrated Measurement Systems (IMS) -- A Credence Company
     IMS designs, manufactures, markets and services a family of versatile,
 high-performance engineering validation systems for validation,
 characterization and yield enhancement of complex memory, logic, and mixed-
 signal devices. In addition, IMS is the industry's leading provider of design-
 to-test productivity software, providing an integrated test development
 environment between electronic design automation (EDA) and automated test
 equipment (ATE) suppliers.  A wholly owned subsidiary of Credence Systems
 Corporation, IMS is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, with sales offices
 throughout the world. From 1994 to 2001, IMS was ranked number one in pure
 test in the VLSI Research Inc Annual 10 BEST Customer Satisfaction Survey of
 Test and Material Handling Suppliers.  For additional information, please
     About Credence
     Credence Systems Corporation is changing the future of semiconductor
 production by integrating test solutions throughout the design, validation and
 production processes.  A leader in the manufacture of automatic test equipment
 (ATE) for the global semiconductor industry, Credence and its subsidiaries
 also provide design and test validation solutions that enable faster time-to-
 market with lower total cost-of-test.  Headquartered in Fremont, California,
 the Company is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer and maintains advanced
 production and design facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon. In 2002, Credence was
 rated the top North American ATE supplier in the VLSI Research Inc Customer
 Satisfaction Survey.  More information is available at .
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     (1) Reppo, Pia, "Workstation User Wants and Needs Summary, 2002", July 10,
         2002, Gartner Dataquest, pp. 3-4.
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