SOURCE: Test Systems Strategies, Inc.

August 28, 2006 08:00 ET

TSSI, Toshiba Microelectronics, and ATE Service Corporation Partner for Sales and Support of Next-Generation Design-to-Test Development Flow

PORTLAND, OR -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 28, 2006 -- Test Systems Strategies, Inc. (TSSI) today announced a partnership with Toshiba Microelectronics Corporation (a design engineering company and a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation), and ATE Service Corporation. The partnership will focus on new design-to-test development flows where design teams can achieve full test program generation and validation before device tape-outs.

Although design-to-test methodologies have long been established in large Integrated Device Manufacturing (IDM) companies, most place heavy constraints on design and test teams to achieve automation and standardization. These methodologies are not only compromising a device's functionality, but are also highly proprietary and costly to enhance, maintain, and integrate with best-in-class technologies in the market.

The new design-to-test flows by the three companies will be based around an IEEE 1450 standard language, Standard Test Interface Language, commonly known as STIL, and will enable design engineers to generate test programs and validate them against their designs before transferring them to test teams.

"Our customers are the product teams who count on the precious minutes and seconds to get working test programs before their chip arrives. They demand solid test tools with the most efficient and proven methodologies," said Hau Lam, President and CEO at TSSI. "TSSI's leading technologies have a successful track record with the largest installed base in the industry. This partnership allows TSSI to take our leading edge technologies to the next level with further production proven by the vast user community at Toshiba before hitting the market."

"The quality and time saving from the new design-to-test development flow for Toshiba will be very significant," said Kiyofumi Ochii, Senior Vice President at Toshiba Microelectronics Corporation. "We are very pleased to partner with TSSI and ATE Service to commercialize it worldwide."

"In the last twenty years of providing test development services, this is the first time we will have a tool that can generate full test programs without compromising design flexibility," said Rocky Kobayashi, General Manager at ATE Service Corporation. "Customers will see a tremendous advancement in design and test methodology that will produce test programs right the first time."

About TSSI

Test Systems Strategies Incorporated (TSSI) is the world leader in design-to-test conversion and validation software solutions, providing products, consulting services, and de-facto standards, such as WGL™ (Waveform Generation Language), Test Development Series (TDS™), and DVT™ (Digital VirtualTester) technologies, to the world's leading electronics and semiconductor companies.

Established in 1979, the company has gone through many name changes due to mergers and acquisitions. Previously known as Summit TSSI, Fluence, IMS VirtualTest, and Credence DaTS, TSSI maintains the leadership role with its winning technology that has always been known as "TSSI." In March 2005, TSSI once again became an independent company, re-emphasizing neutrality in supporting all Automatic Test Equipment platforms. TSSI is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, USA. For more information, visit www.tessi.com.

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