Test engineers in industries ranging from aerospace and defense to consumer electronics are facing the challenge of testing increasingly complicated designs with shrinking timelines and budgets. To address these issues, engineers and scientists are incorporating new test and measurement technologies that are capable of meeting complex design requirements without raising costs. One issue facing test engineers is that test instrumentation is not updated as rapidly as the devices being tested. The functionality of these complex devices is being defined by the software embedded in them, such as most smartphones, which gives design engineers the ability to add features faster than ever before. This is increasingly challenging for many test engineers because most stand-alone instruments often lack the measurement capabilities of the most recent standards due to the fixed user interface and firmware that must be developed and embedded in them.
To continue realizing performance gains without increased clock rates, processor manufacturers are developing processors with multiple cores on a single chip. With multicore processors, test engineers can develop automated test applications capable of achieving the highest possible throughput through parallel processing. To enable parallel processing, engineers traditionally had to learn complex constructs such as threading libraries and mutexs to achieve parallel programming in a text-based programming language.
All of this leads to innovative thinking on how to test and measure even better by taking advantage of rapidly growing trends such as digitization, software, additive manufacturing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and new sensing applications that are driving advances in T&M.
In this edition, we have featured ElevATE Semiconductor on the cover page. The company is a test and measurement solution provider that develops lower power and higher-density solutions on a chip integrated into a pin to reduce testing time. ElevATE’s ability to engage clients and win their trust is, in many ways, tied into its technological expertise. As Sullivan proudly notes, Team ElevATE has “more combined ATE experience than the rest of its competitors, combined,”—a market edge that has uniquely positioned it to meet the requirements of today’s semiconductor applications, at an economical price point. David Kenyon, CEO and president, ElevATE says, “ElevATE is the only solution provider in the semiconductor industry that is dedicated to ATE. We do not dabble in any other businesses, and our customers appreciate our single-point focus to delivering custom-built ATE solutions.” We also have Intepro which provides innovative power test instruments and systems that solve our customers’ unique power testing challenges. Intepro Systems specializes in power test system design and integration services. The company designs and manufactures ATE solutions, Programmable DC and AC Power Supplies, Regenerative Loads and Test Sequence Software for power test.
We present to you “Top 10 Test and Measurement Solution Providers 2019.”