In-circuit testers are widely used for manufacturing tests and for the measurement of PCB systems. In-circuit testers can also program and verify programmable logic devices (PLDs) that support in-system programmability (ISP). Using in-circuit testers to program ISP-capable devices allows device programming to fit into the standard manufacturing flow, thereby reducing time-to-market. Various in-circuit tester manufacturers participated in the development of the IEEE 1532 standard, which will be supported by Agilent and Teradyne.
The following in-circuit tester vendors support Altera® ISP-based devices: