ICC Addresses Complex Tests with Multiple Agilent Automated Platforms

8/8/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that the Shanghai Research Center for Integrated Circuit Design (ICC) has selected multiple Agilent automated test platforms, including the Agilent 93000 SOC Series and the Versatest Series for memory testing. ICC selected these Agilent testers to address increasing complex and sophisticated test needs for China-based integrated circuit (IC) design houses and manufacturers in the greater Shanghai area.

The IC industry is one of the Chinese government's key economic development projects. ICC, the first IC design industrialization center in China, supports this mission by providing design and testing resources to local semiconductor companies. The resources, including shared electronic design automation (EDA) software, multi-project wafer (MPW) projects, and sophisticated testing services, enable dozens of IC design houses in Shanghai to achieve faster time to market for their products. ICC is recognized as more than the specialized technology innovation and industrialization center for IC design houses: it is also considered the information communication and technology cooperation center for the whole IC industry in Shanghai.

"ICC is a leading catalyst in the development of the IC design industry in the Shanghai area, and we are proud to be working with Agilent, the world's leading semiconductor test equipment and solution provider," said Ye Wang, vice president of ICC. "The excellent performance and high flexibility of the Agilent 93000 SOC Series provides IC design houses with the broadest application coverage possible in a single platform. In addition, the Agilent Versatest Series is capable of testing a wide range of memory devices and the contactless smart card, a key growth driver in Shanghai. These solutions, combined with Agilent's China professional technical support team and Application Development Center, will help our IC design houses greatly improve their verification and testing capabilities."

"Assisting design houses succeed in verification, time to volume and time to market is Agilent's primary focus in China, and collaboration with centralized resource centers such as ICC allows Agilent to quickly fulfill the rising testing demands of Shanghai IC design houses," said Paul Yang, general manager for Agilent China's Semiconductor Test Equipment Group. "Agilent will offer both test equipment and technical support to accelerate success of the IC design industry both in Shanghai and the rest of China."

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 550 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 the Agilent Versatest Series
The Agilent Versatest Series is a family of industry-leading, non-volatile memory test solutions, with more than 1,400 systems installed worldwide. Agilent's latest innovations include the V4400 and V4100 test systems. The V4400 is the culmination of Agilent's 12 years of refinement and optimization of non-volatile memory test technology applied to the tester-per-site concept. It is the only tester in its field with the flexibility to test up to 36 NOR or 144 NAND devices in parallel, with performance up to 100 MHz. The V4100 model is a test system optimized to cost-effectively test a wide range of memory and logic devices. It is also designed to address engineering, test program development, wafer sort and final test needs on a single system. Agilent memory test systems ensure the best possible return on customer investment through flexibility, reliability, versatility and powerful technology. More information is available at www.agilent.com/see/memorytest.

About Shanghai Research Center for Integrated Circuit Design
In February of 2000, China's Ministry of Science and Technology founded the Shanghai National Integrated Circuit Design Industrial Center -- the first national integrated circuit design industrialization center in China. Additionally, the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality has created the Shanghai Integrated Circuit Design Cross-Domain Development project, and has also founded the Shanghai Research Center for Integrated Circuit Design, which is overseen by the Shanghai Science and Technology Committee. The tenet of the Shanghai National Integrated Circuit Design Industrial Center is to establish technical service systems, provide development services to IC design houses in and around Shanghai, and foster the design and manufacture of independently developed products, systems and mechanisms. Information about ICC is available on the Web at www.icc.sh.cn.

About Agilent's Application Design Center
Agilent's Application Development Center (ADC) China, established in March 2001, is located in Shanghai's Wai Gao Qiao Free Trade Zone. The ADC is dedicated to introducing the most advanced SOC test solutions for the semiconductor industry in China. The ADC won the "Shanghai Software Export Star Enterprise" given by Shanghai Foreign Trade and Economic Committee. The Committee ranked the ADC 8th among the ten largest software export companies in Shanghai in 2002. The ADC received this recognition within two years after its establishment. Agilent was awarded this honor together with Shanghai Bell-Alcatel, Ericsson Communication, IBM and Intel.

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 www.agilent.com.

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