Agilent Helps Establishes China's First IC Testing Development Center

8/25/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced a collaboration with The Fifth Electronic Research Institute of Ministry of Information Industry to establish the first IC Testing Industrialization Development Center in Guangzhou, China. This new center will expand the existing National Quality Surveillance and Inspection Center for General Electronic Components laboratory by providing versatile IC testing certification.

The agreement demonstrates the shared vision for IC testing market expansion and technology development for a broad range of System-on-a-Chip (SOC) applications, ranging from CPU, DSP, DVD, DTV, WLAN, Contact and Contactless Smartcard, to CDMA. This center combines The Fifth Electronic Research Institute's prestige in electronic device certification with Agilent's cutting-edge technology and worldwide, professional experience to increase high-volume IC testing certification aptitude in China.

The IC industry is core to China's industrial development, and the nation has grown significantly in the area. The integration of IC design with foundry, packaging and testing services has highlighted the need for a professional high-end SOC testing service institute, which has been absent in southern part of China. The Fifth Electronic Research Institute's aim is to accelerate the industrialization and technology development of IC testing and packaging services in China.

"After market study and analysis by the experts and technicians of The Fifth Electronic Research Institute, we are convinced that the Agilent 93000 SOC series testers' upgradeability and flexibility will be able to satisfy the versatile testing requirements of design houses," said Xuedong Kong, president of The Fifth Electronic Research Institute. "We are pleased to be working with Agilent because of their professionalism in SOC testing, and most important of all, their proven capability in helping many IC design and production projects meet their time to volume successfully. Together we have been able to establish an advanced SOC testing center in a short time."

"We are honored to enter into this strategic relationship with The Fifth Electronic Research Institute because of the organization's prestige and authenticity as an independent electronic device certification institute," said Pascal Ronde, sales, services and marketing vice president for Agilent's Automated Test Group. "Agilent will fully support The Fifth Electronic Research Institute to accelerate SOC testing development in order to localize IC testing technology and adapt to global market trends. Agilent's IC testing procedure, development and management expertise will be shared with The Fifth Electronic Research Institute to bring forth high-performance, low cost-of-test solutions for large industrialization 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 more than 600 systems installed worldwide. The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is designed to meet both 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 a favorite for high-volume manufacturing.

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About Agilent's Versatest Series Model V4400 Memory Test System
One of the Versatest Series of Memory Test Systems, Agilent's market-leading Model V4400 is optimized for testing discrete, burst mode and embedded flash memories and can test up to 72 NOR or 144 NAND flash devices in parallel on a single prober. The systems offer higher parallelism with up to 36 test-sites, higher frequency test capability up to 100 MHz, and the flexibility to match current and future flash testing needs. The V4400's high throughput combined with increased reliability and flexibility provides the lowest cost of test for flash memory. There are more than 1,400 Versatest Series systems installed worldwide in volume manufacturing sites today.

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About The Fifth Research Institute of Ministry of Information Industry
The Fifth Research Institute of Ministry of Information Industry (also known as China Electronic Product Reliability and Environment Testing Research Institute) is the first authorized institute on the reliability and environmental testing research in China, and has been endowed with much knowledge and experience in quality control, reliability, environmental testing, inspection, certification, calibration, result analysis and standard specialty. NECITL (National quality surveillance and inspection center for general electronic components) is the first professional nonprofit third party testing institute focused on testing, inspecting and evaluating electronic components with international/national's certificate and authorization. With a comprehensive quality control system according with ISO/IEC 17025, CEPREI has the advanced instrumentality in aging filtering, reliability evaluation and IC, photoelectron, RF devices testing.

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About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. The company's 30,000 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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