Agilent Take Action to Make Low-cost Test for CMOS Image Sensor Chips

6/19/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) and Inter Action Corp. announced a joint low-cost test solution for CMOS image sensor chips used in a variety of consumer, commercial and industrial applications including camera phones, digital cameras, and automotive applications.

"Production of image sensors is expected to grow by 18.4 percent CAGR (compound annual growth rate) through 2007, when production volume is projected to reach 380 million units," said Jay Srivatsa, principal analyst, consumer electronics, iSuppli. "During this period, growth rates of CMOS sensors will be far higher than CCD sensors. CMOS sensors will post a CAGR of 42 percent while CCD sensors will grow only by 6 percent CAGR."

The new Agilent 93000 CMOS Image Sensor test solution incorporates a light source (illuminator) and image processing capability manufactured by Inter Action and designed exclusively for the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system. The new product combines the Agilent and Inter Action technology, which is designed to reduce cost of test for this growing market by providing higher test throughput and increased yield.

"This collaboration gives both companies the opportunity to extend a turn-key imaging test solution to the industry, which is needed to sustain the growth of the market," said Mr. Kiji, president and CEO of Inter Action Corp. "Our technology know-how in illuminators and image processing combined with Agilent's industry-leading test platform provides the most advanced solution with the best performance in cost of test and quality of test."

"Inter Action is widely recognized as a leading worldwide supplier of light sources and illuminators to the CCD and CMOS Image Sensor evaluation markets," said Tom Newsom, vice president and general manager of Agilent's SOC Business Unit. "Their premier solution coupled with our 93000 provides yet another test application to the industry's most versatile SOC test platform."

The Agilent 93000 CMOS Image Sensor test solution uses a software-controlled illuminator, advanced frame grabbing, image processing, and analysis techniques to provide fast test results. The system's four parallel, dedicated, high-speed PCs quickly capture image-sensor data, process the information, and send results to the Agilent 93000's workstation for display. Everything, including an image-processing card in the test head and a highly uniform illuminator, is fully integrated into the 93000's architecture, allowing easy control via the 93000's software. In addition, proven multi-site testing can be done both on-wafer and for packaged parts.

The Agilent 93000 CMOS Image Sensor test solution is currently available for order. Shipments are expected to begin in August 2003.

About Inter Action Corporation
Inter Action is a Japanese public company (listed on "Mothers" of Tokyo Stock Exchange Market) that develops and manufactures illuminators for testing CCD and CMOS Imager, having more than 60% worldwide market share in this field. Inter Action has been conducting research for image processing technology, such as CMOS Imager testers and CMOS Imager checkers. Further information is available at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 32,000 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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