SAN JOSE -- In a new twist in its strategy, Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions' Saber unit has quietly 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).
Now, in a move to expand its offerings for customers, Saber will offer these services on Agilent's 93000 line of testers, said Thomas Ho, vice president and general manager of Saber. The San Jose-based operation is also known as Schlumberger Advanced Business Engineering Resources.
The move would provide Saber's customers with more and different choices for their chip-development requirements, Ho said. "We are expanding our services beyond the Schlumberger line of ATE," he said. "We are supporting the Agilent platform," he said in an recent interview.
Saber will continue to ATE from Schlumberger. But it has elected to use competitive testers from Agilent, because some customers have qualified their parts on that equipment.
The move could also provide a boost for Saber. For years, the unit has offered a range of services in order to help chip makers develop their products more rapidly. The operation provides test engineering, diagnostic, programming, characterization, and related services for customers.
The company has five service centers worldwide: Austin, Tex., Boston, Mass., San Jose, France, and Italy. In April, Saber announced plans to have its own dedicated sales force.