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Volume 9 Number 23 December 16, 2005

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Happy Holidays and a Fault Free New Year

By: Louis Y. Ungar, Editor, BestTest

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  12/15/2005 ‘Long’ Distances Measured With Picometer Accuracy
  12/15/2005 ATE Vendor Nextest Prepares IPO
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  12/8/2005 ASE November Sales Up 16%
  12/8/2005 UK and Chinese Companies Agree to Joint Venture for Mobile Test
  12/7/2005 Intel Presents 'Breakthrough' Transistor
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  12/2/2005 Teradyne completes sale of Connection Systems Division
  12/1/2005 Synopsys Upbeat About Quarter
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Happy Holidays and a Fault Free New Year
Instead of an article on how to choose Power Supply ATEs, we would like to use this opportunity to wish all our readers the Best Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Each year we try to emphasize the theme of a "Fault Free" New Year, yet "faults" are what keep us in business.  In a week long class I taught on testing at a hotel, I once commented that test professionals need to have a pessimistic perspective to do their jobs well.  The next day one of the students showed up late to class.  When I inquired why he was late, he told me that he told his wife about my comment and she urged him not to return to class.  She told him he was pessimistic enough already and did not need to attend a class that taught him how to be more so.

We chuckled a bit and then agreed, that we need not take our professional attitudes outside work.  While our work demands nit-picking, our personal lives need not follow in the same pattern.  We have made a great deal of progress as a profession and have a right and a duty to look positively at the future.

In the next issue of The BestTest Newsletter, we will compile all that we accomlished as a profession in 2005.  But some highlights here may be in order.  We made great strides in bringing boundary-scan into the mainstream.  Digital JTAG and even some analog 1149.4 products are ever present, and it is hardly possible to find a circuit today that doesn't have some testability designed into it.  Similarly, we populated the instrument market with lower priced PXI instruments and LXI is becoming a popular alternative.  The possibilities are indeed great that in 2006 we will be able to perform remote and automatic testing without the need to buy expensive ATEs.  Built-in self test (BIST) is becoming prevalent and are part of the most popular products of 2005.  For example, Xbox from Microsoft contains BIST as well as testability.  Intel's PCI Express has several levels of BIST.

We have reasons to be optimistic and we are.

In wishing each of our readers and members of the FREE BestTest community web site and The BestTest Newsletter, we would like you to know that our experiment in bringing together this small but widely spread community of test professionals has worked.  We now have thousands of test related articles, thousands of test definitions, thousands of test vendors and their products available FREE to the test community.  We also make available hundreds of test related courses and books on test.  We hope you will continue to support us next year by coming to the web site, contibuting and posting information when you can.  In return we promise to keep you up to date on test.

On behalf of the staff at and at A.T.E. Soluitons, Inc. I would like to wish you and your loved ones the Best Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Louis Y. Ungar, Editor, BestTest

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The December 31, 2005 issue will compile The BestTest Newsletters published in 2005.

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