Emulation Technology Inc. (ET) develops and markets specialized solutions that close the interconnect gap between electronic design, test equipment and digital hardware designs.
Emulation Technology was founded in 1983 to produce and market time-saving very large-scale integration (VLSI) and surface mount technology (SMT) adapters and accessories for engineers involved in hardware and software product development, design and test, and electronic systems manufacturing. ET has been committed to helping its customers quickly and efficiently manage testing and debugging of electronic systems for more than a decade.
Emulation Technology is the world leader in the adapter and test accessory market, representing the industry's largest provider. The company introduced its first product, the "Bug-Katcher," in 1983, and its first complete product catalog appeared in 1987. The company was the first to introduce a 0.3 millimeter test product, the MicroGripper, in 1996. Emulation Technology was also the first company to introduce pin grid array (PGA), plastic quad flat (PQFP) and ball grid array (BGA) package adapter support for engineers involved in high-level hardware and software design.
As integrated circuits become more dense, packaging shrinks in physical size and increases in lead count. Surface mount technology will continue to be prevalent and system clock speeds will increase. The complexity of IC's will also continue to increase. New SMT package types have created a need for the types of sophisticated adapters and test clips that ET provides.
The San Jose Business Journal rated the company as one of the top 100 fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley in 1993. Emulation Technology currently designs, manufactures and markets more than 4,000 products, has more than 45,000 customers, and maintains business operations in 30 countries.
Emulation Technology's success is based on closely tracking individual customer needs and providing products that provide higher levels of value, reliability and performance.
The future direction of Emulation Technology will allow the company to grow the market share of its existing products, while it addresses emerging markets with innovative and timely development test solutions.
The company's leading-edge technology combined with its strong in-house engineering and development capabilities, flexible customer support and rigorous quality control, give Emulation Technology significant competitive advantages in the marketplace. These include:
1-800-ADAPTER, (1-800-232-7837): To give customers access to direct support, Emulation Technology has provided a toll-free customer service line -- 1-800-ADAPTER, (1-800-232-7837).
Quality: Emulation Technology markets only high-quality, proven products, and backs this by offering guaranteed satisfaction and a six-month warranty. ET is the only company in this industry to provide a full refund for any product returned within 10-days that doesn't meet customer needs, (Note: Custom Products or Non-Cancellable Non-Returnable items excluded). Every product is 100% quality tested and has the finest materials, including gold contacts and Teflon bases.
4,000 Products: Emulation Technology has one of the broadest product offerings in the industry, providing well over 4,000 interconnect products. Customers only need to look to one vendor, ET, for all their interconnect solutions, which decreases their time to market.
Large Finished Goods Inventory: By boasting a ready inventory of adapters, ET is able to provide overnight delivery for over 300 products. This helps reduce design time and enables the company's customers to quickly get to market.
Unlimited Technical Support: Emulation Technology is committed to helping its customers quickly and efficiently manage system testing and debugging by providing direct product accessibility, lower production costs and unlimited technical support. ET will even send a technical consultant out to a customer's office for extra help in solving a problem.
Leadership/Experience: Emulation Technology is recognized as a leader in the adapter marketplace -- with more than ten years of proven experience -- and leverages the knowledge it has gained working with test instrument suppliers to provide designers with the right tools for all their engineering projects.
In order to understand the types of solutions that Emulation Technology offers, it is important to understand the SMT market. SMT is the dominant package type used by designers today. According to Electronic Trends Publication, the estimated worldwide SMT package consumption for the year 2000 will be 75 billion units.
SMT package types include small outline (SO), thin small outline packages (TSOPs), plastic quad flat packs (PQFP) and ball grid arrays (BGA), among others -- all available in plastic, ceramic or metal alloy.
The chart below shows the different features for each of these types of packages:
||leads are in a gull-wing formation; variation is SOJs, whose leads form a "J."
||analog, standard logic,
MOS logic and memory
||smaller and thinner, with finer lead pitches than SOs
||leads are in a gull-wing formation gate arrays, MPU's, on all 4 sides, sometimes with high-density with no corner bumpers
cost effective for apps requiring up to 208 pins
|gate arrays, MPU's, high-density memory, mixed signal design
||array of solder balls on bottom;
soldered to board by reflow;
1.25mm - 1.5 mm pitches
ASICs and SRAM
||array of solder balls on bottom;
soldered to board by reflow;
.75mm - 1.00mm pitches
||pagers, cellular phones, cache memory
Emulation Technology also continues to support traditional through-hole packages by providing DIP and PGA adapters and accessories.
As SMT has become more popular, new packages have consistently been developed. Future product designs will require that SMT packages be even thinner, smaller, and more light weight with finer lead pitches. An increase in the number of functions placed on a single device will continue to drive pin counts higher, and packages that provide higher density, such as BGAs and microBGAs, will be in high demand.
Emulation Technology is helping to close the interconnect gap -- as new SMT products are developed, engineers also require test accessories that support these finer pitches and smaller form factors. SMT innovations and an increasing number of microprocessors and microcontrollers available in the market, have created a need for sophisticated adapters and test clips which extend the leads on these components for connection to test instruments. This is the basis on which Emulation Technology, a leading provider of these solutions, was founded and the reason the company continues to prosper.
THE INTERCONNECT GAP -- WHAT IS IT?
The interconnect gap is what Emulation Technology refers to as the ever widening gap between digital designers who need to troubleshoot their hardware/software designs and the standard electronic test equipment they use. When designers are at the prototyping stage and want to verify their design, they need a device that will connect their device-under-test to a standard piece of test equipment, such as a logic analyzer, ASIC emulator or PROM programmer. The ability to easily interconnect those two systems is often a problem and one that ET easily solves.
There are several factors causing this interconnect gap to grow even wider: geometry, speed and complexity.
Changes in geometry mean that there are more pins to probe, higher pin densities, hidden pins and new package types than before. For example, a standard PGA package has about 100 pins per square inch. However, newer packages such as BGAs have between 400 and 600 pins per square inch, and multi-chip modules have close to 1,000 pins! And BGAs have hidden leads that designers cannot easily see once the chip is soldered onto a board.
Issues with speed include increasing system clock frequencies and decreasing edge speeds. Designers have traditionally designed at speeds of one or two Megahertz (MHz), whereas designers today are working at speeds up to as much as 3 to 10 GHz.
And with increasing speed and more complex geometries comes an increased number of choices and testing complexities. New package types and increasing speeds makes interpreting data take longer. In addition, users want answers in their own terms, not in logic levels.
As speed, geometry and complexity issues increase, effective use of standard test equipment depends on how quickly users can adapt it to the package type, pin count, and frequency requirements of the system they are debugging. These factors, mixed with the increasing SMT market and an increase in the number of microprocessors and microcontrollers available from chip manufacturers have caused the need for more complex adapters.
Emulation Technology's product strategy is solutions focused, providing convenience and ease-of-use for its customers. The company provides the broadest range of semiconductor test interconnect solutions in the electronics industry, offering adapters that support thousands of package types, microcontrollers and microprocessors for AMD, Hitachi, IDT, Intel, Microchip, Motorola, Siemens, Texas Instruments, and many other companies. Additionally, ET can provide rapid development of new interconnect solutions, in a matter of weeks, through custom designs and it's extensive design library.
Addressing the needs of its customers and working to close the "interconnect gap" Emulation Technology provides sophisticated functionality and features that today's designers need. In order to create the kinds of interconnect solutions that will address today's issues, ET looks at the following:
Mechanical Interconnection -- Ensures designs with proper clearance and mechanical stability; ET tracks the latest and widest selection of package types.
Trace Routing -- ET provides a high density of traces and appropriate geometries for any design.
Signal Quality -- Ensures impedance matching and low crosstalk at higher frequencies.
Configured Test Fixturing -- ET collaborates with test equipment vendors to provide correct preconfigured interconnections to its customers. This saves the designer time from having to configure their test equipment in order to make sure it works with their design.
Signal Interpretation -- Provides increased functionality such as inverse assembly and post processing.
Standard products that ET provides can be categorized as emulator adapters, logic analyzer/scope adapters, PAL/PROM programming adapters, prototyping adapters, field configurable adapters and test accessories. Current adapter products provided by ET include:
Emulator Tools -- Adapt-A-Pods® and adapters convert existing emulator pods from their current chip/package to a new chip/package or replace obsolete emulator pods. Adapt-A-Clips® clip onto the sides of a soldered PLCC/PQFP and present the emulator, logic analyzer, or test equipment with alternate female footprints.
Logic Analyzer/Scope Adapters -- Bug Katchers extend the leads and label the signals of socketed ICs so that it is easy to attach test leads to them. Used with logic analyzers and oscilloscopes, these adapters fit between the IC and its socket or surface mounted pads on the target board and eliminate the need for noisy cables, reducing capacitance and inductance in your test setup. Bug Isolators® are specially designed adapters which make it easy to activate or deactivate any pin of a socketed IC using DIP switches built into the Bug Isolator adapter.
Programming Adapters -- Adapt-A-Sockets® allow any programmer designed for DIPs to be converted in seconds to accept other devices. Used to program PROMs, PLDs, EPROMs, EEPROMs, microcontrollers, and PALs, they fit all types of programmers.
Production/Test Adapters -- These adapters are used during the product development stage, or in a PCB assembly environment. These types of adapters are cost-efficient and work well in the production environment. Production test adapters can be used for assembly test verification.
Debugging Accessories -- Emulation Technology offers a complete line of test clips along with grabbers, SMD Test Tweezers, Test Probes, and insertion/extraction. The ET PQFP Clip® is specifically designed for testing EIAJ metric PQFP ICs. It piggybacks onto a soldered-in PQFP and converts the PQFP leads to standard .1" test points, for easy attachment of instruments. ET also offers a family of miniature test clips -- the smallest of its kind -- which are capable of connecting to the sides of soldered-on PQFP packages as small as 0.3mm lead pitch.
Prototyping Adapters -- Adapt-A-Boards® make it easy to adapt standard or high-density prototyping boards to a variety of packages. Adapt to wire wraps or screw machine pins; ET offers over 300 varieties.
Field-Configurable Adapters -- No two designs are similar, which is why Emulation Technology has designed the Field-Configurable series of adapters. Using basic building blocks and a wire-wrap tool allows designers to create perfect-fit adapters on the spot. These are available in 72 hours, with no minimum order required.
Custom Adapters -- In addition to the thousands of adapters Emulation Technology provides, their custom design team can also design and build converters to a customer's specifications, delivering a brand new design, tailored to any need, in a matter of weeks.
These adapters support a wide range of packages including: LCC, PLCC, PGA, PQFP, BGA, ChipScale, DIP, SOIC, SOJ, TSOP, and SDIP.
Emulation Technology products are sold directly through the company's detailed catalog and through distributors and OEMs worldwide. Emulation Technology, Inc. has an office in the UK and distributors in over 30 countries. This approach allows the company to offer a vast selection of products to its customers, with pictures, part numbers and access to drawings for each part.
Customers can also receive in-depth product information, including datasheets, device support guides, and catalog information through use of ET's website (www.emulation.com) and ET's 24-hour Documents-on-Demand Fax Service, at (408) 982-9223. For additional support, customers can email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-ADAPTER, (1-800-232-7837) which is a direct customer support line.
Mr. Bagliere brings over 20 years of management and business experience to his current position as chief executive officer for Emulation Technology. Also a co-founder, Mr. Bagliere previously served as ET's vice president of Sales and Marketing, before being promoted to CEO. He is now responsible for overall company strategy and operations. Prior to Emulation Technology, Mr. Bagliere worked for Fairchild Semiconductor, first in analog marketing as a tactical marketing engineer, then selling military semiconductors to all military firms in the Bay Area. He obtained his BS in Business Administration from LeMoyne College in New York. Mr. Bagliere currently holds a position on the Board of Directors for 1-800-ULTRA EX, Inc. courier service, the International Business Forum, and Cupertino Hoops Youth Basketball League.
An employee since 1995, Perry Munroe has a thorough understanding of Emulation Technology's market and customer needs. Mr. Munroe is responsible for running the Design Department and performing printed circuit board (PCB) design and mechanical design. He works closely with customers to obtain detailed information for design and production of boards. Along with the design, Perry will assist technical sales in quoting new custom adapters.