SOURCE: Credence Systems Corporation

March 18, 2008 11:21 ET

Credence Demonstrates ATE Solutions for Consumer Semiconductor Industry at Semicon China

SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - SEMICON CHINA -- Credence Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: CMOS), a provider of test solutions for the worldwide consumer semiconductor industry, announced today that it will present its Diamond 10, ASL 1000 and ASL 3000RF solutions at the Credence-Spirox Booth No. 2415, Hall W2 during Semicon China 2008, beginning today at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

Credence will present the MultiWave instrument on the ultra-compact Diamond 10 platform to demonstrate advanced mixed-signal loopback and multisite baseband tests. The MultiWave, which integrates the functionality of multiple instruments in one multi-channel arbitrary waveform generator and digitizer unit, offers the industry's most cost-effective mixed-signal solution for multisite testing of highly integrated system-in-package (SiP) and system-on-chip (SoC) devices used in mainstream consumer applications. Customers today use the MultiWave to solve a full range of highly integrated SoC/SiP testing challenges (for example, fully parallel and concurrent testing of audio and video devices), thus effectively reducing cost of ownership in very competitive markets.

The Diamond 10 is specifically designed for the test challenges of low-cost consumer IC devices. The ten-slot Diamond architecture can be configured with a complete range of test instruments. Typical configurations support up to 768 200Mbps digital channels, or up to 384 digital channels when equipped with mixed-signal instruments. The Diamond 10, which is about the size of a large desktop computer, offers this industry leading cost-performance capability within a floor space requirement of less than 1m2. By contrast, traditional ATE systems require at least four times this area to deliver similar capability.

Credence will also present solutions for two automated test equipment (ATE) platforms in the ASL Series, the most widely deployed commercial production systems in the industry. The ASL Series platforms -- ASL 1000, ASL 3000, and ASL 3000RF -- are proven to consistently deliver highly accurate results at significantly lower cost of test for highly competitive market environments, including analog, discrete, power management, and wireless applications.

Two capabilities for the ASL 1000 will be demonstrated: a class D dual site application and a low dropout (LDO) multisite application. The widely adopted ASL 1000 is a linear test platform that supports up to 21 instruments in a fully configured system. The ASL 1000 has the smallest footprint in its class. It is air-cooled and uses a standard 110/220V outlet. Its small test head makes docking easy. The ASL 1000 is extremely adaptable and easily shared between engineering labs -- where it is a cost-effective desktop tester -- and in full production test environments where it effectively proves its low total cost of ownership on a daily basis.

On the ASL 3000RF platform, Credence will demonstrate important wireless applications for the China market, including Time Division-Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA), IEEE 802.11 and TV tuner solutions. Testing today's multifunctional mobile phones is very difficult. Flexibility and precision are key factors during the development phase, while speed is critical in the production environment. The scalable, flexible architecture of the ASL 3000RF protects investment in capital equipment, program development, and training, offering a significantly lower cost of ownership. The ASL 3000RF includes advanced RF instrumentation for both digital and analog baseband, and features modulated vector network analysis (MVNA™) technology for making S-parameter measurements with greater accuracy. At Semicon China, the ASL 3000RF will demonstrate high-throughput quad-site power amplifier (PA) production testing in a customized 3G wireless application (TD-SCDMA modulation and analysis).

About Credence

Credence Systems Corporation is a global provider of automated test equipment (ATE) solutions to the high growth, consumer semiconductor industry. Credence is committed to deliver the highest standards of value -- an optimal combination of technology, turn-around time, reliability, ease of use, service and support -- to every customer, which enables important cost and performance advantages for integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), wafer foundries, outsource assembly and test (OSAT) suppliers and fabless chip companies worldwide. An ISO 9001-certified company with a presence in 20 countries, Credence is headquartered in Milpitas, California. More information is available at

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