Oak Technology selects Agilent Technologies 93000 SOC Series to test next-generation optical storage devices

7/18/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced that Oak Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: OAKT), a leading provider of embedded solutions for optical storage and digital imaging markets, has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system for the testing of integrated circuit (IC) designs for its optical storage customers. Oak Technology chose the Agilent 93000 platform for its flexible channel-mixing capabilities that lower the cost of test and meet customer requirements of high-performance, affordable devices for the expanding optical storage market.

Oak Technology's Compact Disc/Re-Writable (CD/RW) and Recordable DVD (R-DVD) chipsets require high-volume, high-speed testing. The Agilent 93000 platform's channel-mixing capabilities offer Oak Technology a reduction in capital costs with the capability to upgrade to faster pin cards all within the same single, scalable test platform. In addition, Agilent's application support model and successful support history enables Oak Technology to minimize development and test time per device, while optimizing fault coverage, resulting in faster time to market.

"In the expanding and competitive digital consumer market, it is vital to decrease time-to-market and time-to-volume. With the Agilent 93000 test system, we can take advantage of concurrent test and design-for-test methodologies that will help decrease our time-to-market for future designs," said Barry Cornell, vice president of Operations for Oak Technology. "With Agilent's worldwide support from design to final test, we are able to reduce our test development time and overall cost of test, and thus provide low-cost next-generation devices to our customers."

"As the digital consumer market's demand for high-speed recording devices dramatically increases, Oak Technology continues to be at the forefront of the optical storage market delivering next-generation CD/RW and recordable DVD chipsets," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "Oak Technology's long-term investment in the 93000 test system underscores their confidence in the platform and its capabilities to continue to meet their demanding testing needs."

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is a single, scalable test platform that can test a comprehensive range of complex, high-speed SOCs -- from the latest, ultra-high performance-driven applications to the most cost-sensitive applications. The 93000 platform maximizes performance and minimizes cost of test through an advanced, scalable architecture that provides wide application coverage, manufacturing flexibility, low maintenance cost and a unified production environment. Because users can test varying levels of analog, mixed-signal and digital devices at data rates up to 10 Gbps, the Agilent 93000 SOC Series offers the best test value in the industry. For more information about the 93000, see www.agilent.com/see/semitestnews

About Oak Technologies, Inc.
Oak Technology, Inc., a leading provider of solutions for the storage, manipulation and distribution of digital content, is committed to driving the emerging world of connected Information Appliances. The company's fully integrated products and technologies target two key markets: optical storage (CD-RW and DVD for PC and consumer) and digital imaging (advanced copiers, printers, faxes, scanners and MFPs). Founded in 1987, Oak is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has sales offices, design centers and research facilities around the world. The company trades on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the symbol OAKT. Additional information about Oak and its digital solutions can be found at www.oaktech.com

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com

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