SOURCE: EADS North America

September 11, 2008 16:30 ET

EADS North America and Geotest Sign an Agreement for the Cooperative Development of High-Performance Digital Test Technologies

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - September 11, 2008) - EADS North America Test and Services, a division of EADS North America, Inc., and Geotest, a global supplier of PXI and PC-based products, systems and solutions, today announced the creation of a strategic alliance for the joint development of high-performance digital test instrumentation.

The activity will focus on evolving the new Talon Instruments™ family of T964 high-performance digital test instruments -- which recently was introduced by EADS North America Test and Services in the VXI instrumentation standard -- for a broader range of applications. Under the agreement, Geotest will implement the T964 in the more compact PXI industry standard form factor.

This agreement brings together EADS North America Test and Services' extensive experience in VXI-based digital test technology with the capabilities of Geotest -- the leader in PXI digital test instrumentation. The accord was signed by executives of the two companies at this week's AUTOTESTCON 2008 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"Our T964 is the newest, most exciting test instrumentation product available in VXI, and provides a comprehensive solution for testing today's advanced electronic boards and systems -- as well as emulating older functional test systems and digital instrumentation," said James Mulato, the President of EADS North America Test and Services. "We now will be working with Geotest to make this technology available in the PXI platform."

"Geotest already is the leader in high-performance digital test instrumentation for the PXI platform, with products ranging from static digital to 200 MHz vector rates," explained Loofie Gutterman, the President of Geotest-Marvin Test Systems. "Our arrangement with EADS North America Test and Services will enable us to provide our customers with even a higher performance digital subsystem that is platform-independent, allowing system designers a much greater range of options and capabilities when configuring test systems for commercial, aerospace and military applications."

T964 test instruments in the PXI standard can be deployed for a variety of uses, from the replacement of legacy automated test equipment (ATE) to production testing for both circuit board and component-level products.

The PXI modular instrumentation standard provides a rugged, high-performance PC-based measurement and automation system. During the past several years, PXI has seen a rapid acceptance in the worldwide test sector, and today is used in market segments where measurement, control, or automation is required -- including consumer electronics, communications, advanced research, aerospace and military.

The VXI bus architecture is an IEEE-standard platform format that offers high-performance instrumentation in a rugged, compact and modular form. Its core utilization is in automatic test systems for the military and avionics markets.


About EADS North America Test and Services (www.ts.eads-na.com)

EADS North America Test and Services is a business division of EADS North America, Inc. located in Irvine, California. EADS North America Test and Services designs, manufactures, sells, and services electronic test and measurement equipment, systems, and software to leading high-technology customers throughout the world. The company works with core customers to define test requirements and deliver support solutions by providing general purpose ATE products, designing and building unique ATE products and systems, enhancing and integrating software offerings, and establishing nationwide OEM and military test engineering services. Among the key market sectors the company serves are military, aerospace, marine, medical, telecommunications, semiconductor, and commercial manufacturing.

About Geotest (www.geotestinc.com)

A subsidiary of the Marvin Group, Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc. is a global supplier of PXI and PC-based test products, systems, and solutions. Geotest's products and systems are used worldwide in thousands of aerospace, semiconductors, communications, medical, industrial, and military test applications.

Contact Information


  • Media Contact:
    Frances Bennett
    Senior Business Communications Manager
    EADS North America Test and Services
    Telephone: (949) 460-6854
    e-mail: fran.bennett@EADS-NAdefense.com