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Emulation Technology Provides the First Ball Grid Array Adapters for Motorola's MPC821 PowerPC Processor; BGA Adapter Connects Test Instruments to Motorola's MPC821 PowerPC Portable Systems Processors.

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, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 29, 1996--Emulation Technology (ET), leaders in semiconductor test interconnect solutions and a broadline supplier of PC-based development tools, today announced the industry's first Ball Grid Array “BGA” redirects here. For other uses, see BGA (disambiguation).

A ball grid array (BGA) is a type of surface-mount packaging used for integrated circuits.
 (BGA (Ball Grid Array) A popular surface mount chip package that uses a grid of solder balls as its connectors. Available in plastic and ceramic varieties, BGA is noted for its compact size, high lead count and low inductance, which allows lower voltages to be used. ) package support for Motorola's MPC (1) (Mobile PC) A handheld or laptop computer. See handheld computer, laptop computer and Ultra-Mobile PC.

(2) (MultiPath Channel) See multipath.
821 PowerPC(TM) portable systems processor, including emulator, logic analyzer, and prototyping adapters.

The communications chip has a PowerPC core and is used in embedded applications.

"As Motorola and other manufacturers increase their BGA offerings, Emulation Technology is committed to providing our customers with the most advanced test and debug To correct a problem in hardware or software. Debugging software means locating the errors in the source code (the program logic). Debugging hardware means finding errors in the circuit design (logical circuits) or in the physical interconnections of the circuits.  tools available," said Jack Stephens, ET's vice president of sales and marketing. "Engineers contemplating BGA-based designs can be confident that ET will provide the test and debug tools necessary to complete their designs."

ET's BGA emulator adapter connects the BGA pads from the MPC821 microcontroller to an emulator pod. The logic analyzer adapter extends the leads and labels the signals of the IC so it's easy to attach test leads to it. The adapter fits between the Motorola MPC821 and the surface mount pads, and accepts test leads from logic analyzers and oscilloscopes. The prototyping adapter adapts standard or high density prototyping boards to BGA packages. Without these adapters, it is virtually impossible to gain access to the BGA pads on the target board.

Chip manufacturers and system designers alike will welcome the use of BGA packaging. BGAs reap higher manufacturing yields and have a higher resonant frequency resonant frequency,
n the specific frequency at which an object vibrates.
 than quad flatpacks (QFPs). They take up less board space and are easier to test than QFPs in high pin counts. These characteristics often reduce overall system costs.

ET's BGA adapters are part of a long line of industry firsts for the company. ET recently introduced the industry's first BGA adapters for Motorola's MPC860 PowerPC processor and was the first company to introduce pin grid array See PGA.

(hardware) Pin Grid Array - (PGA) A style of integrated circuit socket or pin-out with pins laid out on a square or rectangular grid with a separation of 0.1 inch in each direction. The pins near the centre of the array are often missing.
 and plastic quad flatpack adapters.

The BGA emulator adapter for the Motorola MPC821 is available with a zero insertion force (hardware) Zero Insertion Force - (ZIF) A kind of socket for integrated circuits. A ZIF socket can be opened and closed by means of a lever or screw. When open, there the chip may be placed in the socket without any pressure at all, the socket is then closed, causing its contacts  socket. BGA adapters that support Motorola's MPC821 begin at $1,286.00 and delivery is 14 days ARO.

Founded in 1983, Emulation Technology is the industry leader in advanced interconnect devices and provides a comprehensive family of PC-based development tools, backed by post-sale, 24-hour, 7-day technical support. With more than 4,000 interconnect product offerings, Emulation Technology has over 40,000 customers and operations in 40 countries. The privately held company privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
 is headquartered at 2344 Walsh Avenue, Bldg. F, Santa Clara, Calif. 95051. -0-
Adapter         Description                Cost         Delivery

Bug Katcher     BCP-0361-F2BG25Z-0000-1   $1,410.00     14 days ARO
Adapt-A-Pod     AB-0361-F2BG25Z-P14-M-1   $1,286.00     14 days ARO


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