MANHASSET, N.Y. Verigy has signed a definitive agreement to acquire chip test vendor Inovys.
Inovys' products seek to bridge the gap between EDA and chip test, providing a path from design to production. Verigy, formerly part of Agilent Technologies, specializes in advanced test systems for memory and system-on-chip providers.
Inovys created a comprehensive test suite with failure analysis tools designed to help semiconductor companies reduce design debug and lower production test costs while supporting real-time yield enhancements.
Combining Inovys tools with Verigy's V93000 SoC test platform have shown good results, according to the companies. "Time-to-entitled-yield becomes a critical metric that places the focus squarely on test," Keith Barnes, chairman, CEO and president of Verigy, said in a statement.
"Joining forces with Verigy will expand Inovys' reach and accelerate our ability to develop solutions at the crossroads of design, manufacturing and yield metrology, added Inovys CEO Paul Sakamoto.
Inovys was established in 1999. Despite its relatively small size, the company has garnered a substantial customer base of more than 50 companies representing integrated device manufacturers, fabless, outsource semiconductor assembly and test along with foundry companies. All are seen as complementing Verigy's customer base.