Agilent Tools Selected by ARCA for Testing Mass-produced CPU Chips

3/14/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that ARCA Technology has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system to test China's first mass-produced low-power, 400 MHz, 32-bit CPU chip, known as Arca II. Arca II integrates a 32-bit ARCA RISC processor core with numerous other functional areas on one chip, creating a highly integrated microprocessor that is well suited for use in network computers, broadband clients, routers, handheld computing and multimedia applications.

"IC design is one of the key focus areas of China's 863 project, a key development plan for the Chinese high-tech industry," said Song-De Ma, vice minister of Ministry of Science and Technology. "The Chinese government has vigorously encouraged Chinese IC design companies and research institutes to develop home-grown CPUs to meet the demand of the Chinese network computer market. We are pleased to see that ARCA Technology has delivered a CPU product and a complete value chain for the Chinese marketplace."

"ARCA Technology has accomplished a significant step to deliver the Arca II CPU to market in May 2003, only within six months from launch of Arca I," said Dr. De-Lei Lee, chairman and CEO of ARCA Technology. "Agilent has been a critical partner in the rapid development of Arca II, providing an excellent chip test system in tandem with quality services and the complete assistance of experienced test engineers, which has greatly reduced time-to-market for our product."

ARCA Technology chose the Agilent 93000 test system because of its modular versatility to accommodate different test needs, and its ability to simultaneously test digital, analog, bus, radio frequency and embedded memory. As an integrated platform, the Agilent 93000 offers flexible performance upgrades, which reduce capital expense by extending tester lifetime. The Agilent 93000 has long been widely recognized and adopted by IC design houses and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), and has become the standard test system in the industry.

"Agilent is honored to receive recognition from The People's Government of Beijing Municipality and ARCA Technology for the contributions of the Agilent 93000 SOC series during Arca II's development," said Paul Yang, general manager of Agilent's China Semiconductor Test business. "In the verification of Arca II, we saw the Agilent 93000 reveal its full potential in reducing time to market. Agilent will continue to offer our outstanding team and complete solutions to support the growth of our valued customers in China."

About the Agilent 93000 SOC Series
The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is the industry's fastest growing, lowest cost single, scalable platform with over 480 installed systems worldwide. 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 SCMs and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at

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About ARCA Technology Corporation
ARCA Technology Corporation is a private company with headquarters in the Zhongguancun (Haidian) Science Park, Beijing. With foreign-educated management and specializing in CPU design and SOC technology, the company takes pride in its proprietary CPU and DSP (digital signal processor) intellectual property (IP). Its main products are the ARCA CPU and DSP series and related IP modules. In 2001, it released the ARCA-1 CPU, China's first 0.25-process, 32-bit CPU, achieving international standards at a competitive price.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 35,000 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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