Teradyne/LitePoint acquires PXI vendor ZTEC: The inside story

Frequent readers of Test Cafe know that I made seven modular instrument predictions for 2013 at the beginning of the year, all with a musical theme.  Prediction #6, based of Jimi Hendrix’s Castles Made of Sand, predicted “while dedicated ATE from the likes of Teradyne, Advantest, and Verigy will always be optimal for SOC testing, look at the adjacent segments such as design validation, packaged modules, and mixed signal devices. Expect to see modular instruments make inroads into semiconductor characterization and test in 2013.

Boom!  LitePoint, itself recently acquired by Teradyne, announced the acquisition ofZTEC Instruments.  This acquisition signifies much more than the usual consolidation we’ve seen in the test industry these past few years.  The modular “disruption” is not only changing the solution set, but bringing new combinations of vendors into play.  

In an EDN Test Cafe exclusive, I interviewed the principals involved: LitePoint VP of Marketing Curt Schmidek and ZTEC CEO Chris Ziomek.  You won’t find anywhere near this insightful coverage.  read all about it here.

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By Larry DJ

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