Seica to Distribute Mentor's Process Preparation Tool for FPT


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Mentor Graphics Corp. has announced that Seica, a leading supplier of automated test equipment for the electronics manufacturing industry, will offer the Valor Process Preparation tool to users of its Pilot Flying Probe Testers (FPT). The Valor Process Preparation product will help streamline the input of printed circuit board (PCB) design data and generation of test programs for Seica’s flying probe testers, thereby accelerating new product introduction (NPI) cycles.

The Valor Process Preparation software offers a complete solution for PCB electrical test engineering, interfacing seamlessly with Seica’s VIVA software and delivering all the data required to generate a complete test program. The Valor Process Preparation design for test (DFT) engine enables optimization of test probe locations and automates probe offsets to compensate for differences in pad and solder mask openings, and to determine optimum approach for fine pitch leads. The Valor Process Preparation product supports 25 different CAD and CAM formats including Gerber and ODB++. 

"Our Flying Probe Testers are extremely popular in NPI-intensive environments and Valor Process Preparation helps our customers meet the need for both high test coverage and rapid test program generation," said Antonio Grassino, president, Seica. "Valor's integration with our VIVA software creates an optimal flow from design to test."

"The Valor Process Preparation DFT engine applies our accumulated knowledge from the PCB design and manufacturing domains to assist customers in PCB testing," said Dan Hoz, general manager, Mentor Graphics Valor Division. "Our partnership with Seica allows our joint customers to implement a single platform for all of their process engineering needs starting from stencil through documentation, inspection and SMT programming."

About Mentor Graphics 

Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronic, semiconductor and systems companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues in the last fiscal year of approximately $1.18 billion. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. . 

About Seica 

Founded in 1986, Seica S.p.A. is a global supplier of automatic test equipment and selective soldering systems, with an installed base of more than 1700 systems on 4 different continents. Seica offers a complete line of proprietary test solutions, and has established strong partnerships with leaders of manufacturing and inspection systems to enlarge the portfolio of solutions across the whole production line. In a time of continuous changes, where globalization challenges competitiveness, Seica drives its strategy with local direct presence in Italy, France, Germany, USA and China, for best service and support quality with a local, strong, professional team.

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