SOURCE: Credence Systems Corporation

June 25, 2008 16:05 ET

Silicon Turnkey Solutions and Credence Partner to Deliver Wireless Test Solutions With Diamond 40RF

STS Becomes Credence Applications Support Center With Comprehensive Solutions Across Credence Product Lines

MILPITAS, CA--(Marketwire - June 25, 2008) - Credence Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: CMOS), a provider of test solutions for the worldwide consumer semiconductor industry, announced today that Silicon Turnkey Solutions (STS) Inc., a leading-edge provider of Specialty Assembly, Reliability, Qualification and Electrical Test services, will expand its ATE capabilities with the addition of the Diamond™ 40RF (D40 RF) platform from Credence.

Effectively immediately, STS customers will be able to leverage Credence-assisted test solutions including RF, digital and mixed signal. STS is making test development capabilities available to manufacturers of cost-sensitive IC devices such as wireless baseband, microcontrollers, display controllers, RF SiP devices, Bluetooth devices, MEMs, and integrated wireless transceivers used in popular consumer electronic products.

STS engineers are trained on all Credence test platforms, including the Diamond, ASL and Sapphire. The partnership is developing an expert resource pool for applications program development, correlation, translation tools, and loadboard design. Currently in development are quad-site baseband applications and GPRS device tests on the D40 RF for joint customers of STS and Credence.

"Our partnership with Credence makes it possible for us to move strategically towards the convergence market. We will be able to offer value-added solutions that deliver leading RF technology and price performance. This is especially advantageous for engineering-driven OSAT companies with budget constraints," said Zef Malik, chief executive officer of STS. "We believe Credence will be a strategic collaborative partner that will enable us to deliver to our customers time-to-market and time-to-volume requirements and achieve rapid and profitable deployment of their devices."

"Our customers need to quickly and economically develop their new test requirements and will then drive volume production to the OSATs and subcontractors, where our products have achieved a critical mass. STS is recognized as a leader in providing innovative and cost competitive turnkey solutions for complex and highly integrated packages," said Amir Aghdaei, senior vice president of worldwide field operations and marketing for Credence. "This partnership provides an excellent solution for many of our very cost-sensitive customers who want to be engaged through the entire value cycle, development through production."

The Diamond 40 test system combines analog, digital, mixed signal, and RF test instrumentation to support a wide range of consumer IC device testing. Incorporating Credence's proprietary MVNA™ (Modulated Vector Network Analysis) technology, the D40 RF adds wireless test capabilities for mobile phone, WLAN, WiMAX and ZigBee devices. Offering from 10 to up to 40 slots, the D40 RF supports over 3000 pins for very large ASIC testing, or massive multisite test requirements ( > 16 sites). The D40 RF can expand to ensure a match of system capability to test requirements. The D40 RF leverages the common instrument suite and software available in the Diamond series.

STS and Credence will jointly host a series of seminars and enable customers to participate in live demos. The companies will begin a series of seminars and open houses to demonstrate their solutions beginning Thursday, June 26, 2008. To schedule Credence demos at STS, contact Mac Makhni at mac_makhni@credence.com or Fatema Lakhia at flakhia@sts-usa.com.

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 http://www.credence.com.

About Silicon Turnkey Solutions

Incorporated in 2001, Silicon Turnkey Solutions Inc. has established itself as a leading-edge provider of Specialty Assembly, Reliability, Qualification and Electrical Test services, serving a broad spectrum of customer bases. As a trusted collaborative partner and with a proven track record, STS continues to be on the technological forefront by utilizing the most sophisticated test and reliability equipment and high level in-house project management and engineering expertise. STS is recognized as a leader in providing innovative and cost competitive turnkey solutions for complex 3D and highly integrated microelectronic devices such as SIPs, MEMs, SOC, Flip Chip and ASICs. More information is available at http://www.sts-usa.com.

Credence is a registered trademark and Credence Systems, is a trademark of Credence Systems Corporation. Other trademarks that may be mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

SAFE HARBOR FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this press release regarding the proposed transaction between STS and Credence, including the expansion of the ATE capabilities of STS, the expectation that STS customers will be able to leverage Credence assisted test solutions including RF, digital and mixed signals, the partnership developing an expert resource pool for applications program development, the partnership with Credence strategically moving STS toward the convergence market, the ability to offer value-added solutions that deliver leading RF technology and price performance, the creation of a strategic partnership which enables STS to deliver to their customers time-to-market and time-to-volume requirements and achieve rapid and profitable deployment of their devices, the increased drive for volume production to the OSATs and subcontractors, STS and Credence's intent to jointly host a series of seminars and open houses which will enable customers to participate in live demos, and any other statements about STS or Credence managements' future expectations, expectations for the D40 RF platform, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "may," "will," "would," "intends," "estimates" and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: the ability to successfully integrate STS and Credence's ATE capabilities; unanticipated challenges in assessing business conditions and the overall market, the timing of new technology, product introductions, customer requirements relating to the customization of products, the introduction of new product features including new instruments, the completion, delivery and acceptance by customers of such new product features, cyclicality and downturns in the semiconductor industry, rapid technological change in the automatic test equipment market, fluctuation in customer demand, timing and volume of orders and shipments, competition and pricing pressures, reliability and quality issues, our ability to complete the development and commercialization of our new products, product mix, overhead absorption, intellectual property issues, the risk of early obsolescence, our need to achieve and maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting and the other factors described in Credence's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended November 3, 2007 and their most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q each filed with the SEC. STS and Credence disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward-looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this release.

Contact Information

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