Faraday Tests Consumer Devices with Agilent Technologies 93000 SOC

8/27/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Faraday Technology Corp. (TAIEX: 3035), a leading intellectual property (IP) and SOC/ASIC (system-on-a-chip/application-specific integrated circuit) design service company, has selected the Agilent 93000 SOC Series for ASIC and IP chip testing. Faraday chose the Agilent C200e model for its proven capability in analog and digital quad-site testing.

The Agilent 93000 SOC Series is widely recognized as a leading platform in SOC test, with more than 600 systems installed worldwide. Its superior performance enables Faraday to test four devices simultaneously, including complex mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). This quad-site test capability increases test throughput leading to a lower overall cost of test. Additionally, the Agilent 93000's scalable platform may be upgraded to address a variety of device types and performance levels, providing application flexibility and potentially reducing device test times. These speed, throughput and flexibility advantages make the Agilent 93000 an ideal test solution for design companies such as Faraday, which must cope with an increasingly diverse set of testing requirements.

"The Agilent 93000 SOC test system's reliable quad-site testing capability helps us drive down our cost of test," said Ken Chen, Director of Production Operation Division of Faraday Technology. "Further, the system's flexibility to cover a broad range of high speed, analog, and digital IC applications protects our capital investment. Our choice of Agilent reiterates Faraday's commitment to provide our customers with the most sophisticated SOC design services and technologies in order to achieve superior time-to-market efficiencies in mass production."

"Agilent is dedicated to delivering the most valuable test solutions to its customers," said Chung-Yi Ting, general manager of Agilent Taiwan Semiconductor Test Group. "We value our relationship with Faraday, and look forward to helping them bring their products to market on time and cost effectively."

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 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 subcontract manufacturers (SCMs) and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at www.agilent.com/see/soctest.

More information about Agilent's semiconductor test products is available at www.agilent.com/see/atenews.

About Faraday Technology Corporation
Faraday Technology Corporation provides leading ASIC/SoC design services and production-proven IPs to customers ranging from system houses and IDMs to IC design houses. The company's broad portfolio of key IPs includes leading products such as RISC CPUs, 16/20/24-bit DSPs, USB 2.0, gigabit Ethernet, and Serial-ATA. Faraday's ASIC design services and IPs are widely used in PC peripherals, communication, and digital consumer products. With more than 480 employees and 2002 revenue of 96.2 million USD, Faraday is the largest fabless ASIC design service company in all Asia-Pacific. Headquartered in Hsinchu Taiwan, Faraday offers service and support branch offices around the world, including the U.S., Japan, Europe, and China. For more information on Faraday, please visit http://www.faraday.com.tw.

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 www.agilent.com.

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