Agilent Powers Northern China's First SOC IC Testing Production

2/13/2004 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Shougang NEC Electronics Co. Ltd. (SGNEC), one of China's leading semiconductor foundries, has purchased the Agilent 93000 SOC Series test system for northern China's first system-on-a-chip (SOC) IC testing production line. The production line, located in Beijing, is a reference site that will show other Chinese companies how to create advanced testing facilities for high-end SOC IC test. The Agilent 93000 provides sophisticated mixed-signal testing capabilities and is ideal for verifying and testing consumer ICs, an area of high volume for SGNEC.

"The complex consumer IC chipsets we manufacture require sophisticated test systems capable of verifying the most difficult mixed-signal devices," said Feng Xinhua, director of SGNEC's Assembly and Test Division. "We are very glad to see the first SOC test system installed in SGNEC to demonstrate our capability and ambition in advancing to the high-end SOC test arena. The Agilent 93000's advanced features help us shorten test times, and it is our first choice for our new SOC testing production line."

Strong demand for mixed-signal consumer ICs is driving SGNEC to expand its testing capabilities. The overall IC market in China is forecast to grow 20.3 percent this year.

"SGNEC's business philosophies of cooperation, contribution and creation align with what Agilent is doing in China to advance the country's IC industry," said Paul Yang, general manager for Agilent's Semiconductor Test Equipment Group in China. "The successful opening of the first SOC testing reference site in Beijing demonstrates how two technology leaders can collaborate to create one of the most advanced high-end SOC IC testing facilities."

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 and the preference for high-volume manufacturing. More information is available at

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About Shougang NEC Elecgtronics Co. Ltd.
Shougang NEC Electronics Co. Ltd. (SGNEC) is a high-tech enterprise incorporated by Shougang Corporation and NEC Corporation. The company provides worldwide customers with wafer manufacturing, assembly and test foundry services. SGNEC was established in December 1991. Its assembly facility began mass production in April 1994 and wafer fabrication in March 1995. More information about SGNEC 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 28,000 employees serve customers in more than 110 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6.1 billion in fiscal year 2003. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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