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Schlumberger's Saber unit to provide IC-testing services on rival testers from Agilent
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In a slight change in strategy, Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions' Saber unit has begun to offer test and engineering consulting services on testers from a rival--Agilent Technologies Inc. Previously, Saber--a business unit of Schlumberger Semiconductor of San Jose--offered design, test, engineering, and consulting services for customers exclusively on Schlumberger's own line automatic test equipment (ATE).
Speaker advocates smarter test methods
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
Chip makers will be forced to "test smarter" with new, adaptive testing methods in order to maintain historic quality levels without increasing costs, according to Phil Nigh, a senior engineer at IBM Microelectronics, speaking Tuesday (Oct. 30) at the International Test Conference.
LogicVision raises about $40.5 million in IPO
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- LogicVision Inc.--a supplier of built-in-self-test (BIST) technology that promises to reduce the cost of chip-testing--here today announced that it commenced its initial public offering. The company sold 4,500,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $9.00 per share, for a total of $40.5 million. The deal was managed by UBS Warburg LLC, SG Cowen Securities Corp. and Dain Rauscher Inc.
High cost of test scares off investors, conference goers told
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
The howling cost of test is resounding on Wall Street this year.
Credence offers one-stop design-to-test solution for chip makers
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10/30/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. here today announced a one-stop design-to-test solution that promises to reduce chip-testing costs for IC makers. Credence's Quartet Series of automatic test equipment (ATE) now supports Integrated Measurement Systems Inc.'s (IMS) pre-silicon test debug solution, dubbed VirtualTester. IMS is a subsidiary of Credence, based in Fremont.
Teradyne upgrades Tiger tester to support new protocols
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10/29/2001   Post a comment
BALTIMORE -- During the International Test Conference (ITC) here today, Teradyne Inc. here added high-speed, serializer/ deserializer test capabilities to its flagship line of VLSI logic testers. Teradyne has added 3.2-gigabits-per-second, serializer/deserializer (SerDes) Port Qualifier (SPQ) capabilities to its Tiger line of automatic test equipment (ATE). The new capabilities are aimed to meet the test needs for devices, based on SerDes, InfiniBand, SONET/SDH, and related technologies, said J
Singapore's STATS sets up U.S. unit to speed IC-test ramp in offshore facilities
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10/29/2001   Post a comment
SINGAPORE -- In move to strengthen its position in the heart of the U.S. chip industry, Singapore's ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. today announced a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary to provide engineering test and pre-production test services with the same type of chip-testing equipment that customers use in offshore volume testing plants.
Keithley upgrades test system for fiber-optic applications
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10/26/2001   Post a comment
CLEVELAND -- Keithley Instruments Inc. here today announced that it has upgraded its test system for use in fiber-optic applications. The company's L-I-V (Light-Current-Voltage) Test Systems can be used to test laser-diode modules used in fiber-optic equipment. The test system can also be used to qualify and sort laser-diodes components for optical read/write heads in data storage devices.
SZ Testsysteme to expand ATE capabilities in alliance with Q-Star
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10/26/2001   Post a comment
AMERANG, Germany -- Expanding the capabilities of its mixed-signal test lines, Germany's SZ Testsysteme AG here announced a strategic alliance with Q-Star Test of Brugge, Belgium. Under the terms, SZ will offer IDD-enabled test and measurement capabilities on its testers, based on technologies from Q-Star. Q-Star will provide hardware, software and other capabilities for SZ, such as IDDQ, IDDT and dynamic IDD.
ASE believes slump bottomed out in IC-assembly/test during in Q3
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10/25/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. here today reported a net loss of NT$679 million ($20 million) on sales of NT$8.4 billion ($247 million) in the third quarter. The supplier of chip-assembly and testing services said its revenues were 40% lower than NT$13.9 billion in Q3 last year, and 1% lower on a sequential basis from the second quarter.
Improving Test Efficiency with Concurrent Test
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10/24/2001   Post a comment
As SoC complexity increases, the cost of testing SoCs also rises rapidly, often becoming a significant portion of total chip cost. Agilent's Kathleen Kollitz discusses how ATE concurrent test can significantly increase tester throughput, thus lowering test and, ultimately, chip cost.
Chip gear index rises back up slightly, but orders, shipments slip
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10/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- New orders for chip production tools fell slightly less than shipments in September vs. August, according to North American-based suppliers. The result was a slight increase in the book-to-bill ratio of North American companies at 0.65 in September, said the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group today.
Aehr, Pycon to offer compatible 'plug-&-play' IC burn-in boards
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10/12/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Aehr Test Systems here today announced a partnership with Pycon Inc. in nearby Santa Clara to jointly provide low-cost "plug-and-play" burn-in boards for testing and rooting out early failures in integrated circuits. These boards will be used in Aehr's burn-in and test systems.
GuideTech timing systems to boost flexibility in LTX chip testers
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Guide Technology Inc. today announced a development pact with automatic test equipment supplier LTX Corp. to integrate 3.2-gigabit-per-second timing systems into mixed-signal and system-on-chip testers.
Schlumberger, SynTest aim to link design-for-test tools with test services
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The IC-testing and engineering services unit of Schlumberger Ltd., called Saber, has announced a strategic alliance with SynTest Technologies Inc. to bridge the gap between design-for-test tools and outsourced test-engineering services.
Confab looks to crack cost-of-test conundrum
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10/1/2001   Post a comment
Given the meteoric rise in the cost of chip testing, the theme at this year's International Test Conference, "Tackling Test Trade-offs," could not be more appropriate.

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