Agilent Technologies collaborates with China Integrated Design Center to establish China's first SOC Engineering Testing Center

1/17/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced a collaboration with China Integrated Circuit Design Center (CIDC) to establish Beijing's first SOC (system-on-a-chip) Engineering Testing Center. The new SOC Engineering Testing Center is expected to offer high-quality testing services to IC design houses throughout Beijing's rapidly growing semiconductor industry.

CIDC, China's first professional IC design company, has developed a range of IC products with applications in smart cards, digital video devices, network equipment, ASICs and SOC products. To further develop CIDC's capability in engineering verification testing (EVT) and batch testing for the IC design industry, the company has adopted the Agilent 93000 SOC series test system, one of the most advanced SOC test systems in the industry.

Using the 93000 SOC platform, CIDC is able to test system-level chips at up to 600 MHz, incorporating microprocessor units, high-speed digital ICs, embedded memory and analog chips.

"CIDC is dedicated to providing China with the most advanced IC products and design tools. The adoption of Agilent's high-performance 93000 test system not only provides CIDC with an excellent testing solution, but also aligns with CIDC's overall operating strategy," said CIDC CEO Zhang Huiquan. "CIDC gains competitive advantages by offering IC design houses in the greater Beijing region with first-rate, quality testing services."

"Agilent's 93000 test system features a highly scalable architecture with upgrade and expansion flexibility. This provides competitive benefits to balance long run SOC sophisticated testing requirements and short run capital investments," said Xiao Gang, assistant to the CEO and Testing Department manager. "In addition to the capital investment efficiency of the test equipment, Agilent's professional services are also crucial as their experienced test engineers can share expertise to significantly boost CIDC's test capabilities."

"We are delighted to see the cooperation between CIDC and Agilent in testing operations," said Paul Yang, general manager for Semiconductor Test Equipment Group of Agilent China. "CIDC's adoption of the Agilent 93000 SOC series allows customers to create new products with the lowest costs in the shortest possible time."

CIDC's testing services are well known in Beijing and across China. Agilent also supplies certification-related testing services to several well-known IC design companies in Beijing. The joint effort between the two companies will provide better value-added services to clients by leveraging both companies' resources. Agilent has committed to expanded technological education and training for engineers in Beijing, as well as to familiarize more design houses with its 93000 testing system. Meanwhile, CIDC has indicated that their engineers will strive to excel in operating the 93000 testing system, ensuring on-site technical support to IC design companies requesting testing services.

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with over 400 installed systems. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is designed to meet both the demanding performance and cost challenges of SOC testing. Models are configured to span the widest range of applications that may require ultra high-speed digital data rates, up to 10 Gb/s, and the broadest range of mixed-signal and RF capabilities. With this range of capabilities, the 93000 SOC Series is the first choice for high volume manufacturing. More information is available at

About China Integrated Circuit Design Center (CIDC)
CIDC, a subsidiary of China Electronics Corporation (CEC), was founded in 1986. As China's first specialized IC design house, it has grown to produce over 100 million yuan worth of ICs per year. The "Panda System" it developed in the 1990s is still China's only self-developed IC design software IP package and is used by a number of domestic and foreign design firms. CIDC has designed ICs for smart card, digital imaging, networking, ASIC and SOC applications. For more information, please visit

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 36,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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