MILPITAS, Calif., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Credence Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: CMOS) announced today that MediaTek, Inc. has prompted several major subcontractors to purchase multiple Sapphire NP(TM) test systems to meet its capacity demand. A leading supplier of consumer-use DVD player controller chips and one of the world's top five fabless IC design companies, MediaTek utilizes the systems for engineering development and production of high performance computer and consumer circuits. Expanding on a seven-year relationship with Credence, MediaTek selected Sapphire NP because of its proven ability to reduce cost-of-test by up to 60 percent. Additionally, the combination of Sapphire NP parallel and multi-site capabilities provides MediaTek with the high throughput and yield optimization required for production test. Explosive growth in the DVD market has increased video equipment sales in the U.S. by greater than 37 percent and has driven IC demand. At the same time, intense competition has reduced the ASPs for DVD devices. To meet these intense market pressures, MediaTek required a highly flexible test solution that enables concurrent testing of both analog and digital signals as well as provides the most cost-effective test for combination CD-DVD applications. Sapphire NP also allows MediaTek to standardize on a single platform from engineering through production, speeding time-to-volume. "Sapphire NP offered the next-generation technology that not only gave us a measurable engineering productivity boost but also delivered immediately more than a 30 percent cost-of-test reduction that no other ATE vendor could match," said David Yang, director of manufacturing engineering division, MediaTek. "We anticipate lowering the cost-of-test by up to 60 percent resulting from Sapphire NP's multi-site test capabilities, its low-cost infrastructure and state-of-the-art software. Sapphire NP's easily configurable, scalable architecture gives us the flexibility we require in wafer sort and final test." "MediaTek designs chips for the consumer market that combine strong digital performance and complex analog capabilities and Sapphire NP is unique in offering the speed, accuracy and flexibility needed to test these ICs," said Dr. Graham Siddall, Credence's chairman and chief executive officer. "We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with MediaTek and working with them to reduce the cost-of-test across their operation." About Sapphire NP Sapphire NP is the next-generation ATE based on the NPower(TM) architecture and XTOS(TM) (eXtendable Test Operating System) software. In a radical departure from traditional "big iron" testers, Sapphire NP offers supreme configuration flexibility with test capabilities optimized from DC to multi-gigahertz -- digital and analog, structural and functional -- with fully encapsulated instruments that can be inserted into any slot in the test head. Engineered with simplicity and cost efficiency in mind, Sapphire NP provides a highly integrated, small footprint system with reduced power requirements. Its high-bandwidth bus provides advanced communications and precise synchronization between instruments, enhancing performance in any configuration. Sapphire NP is readily adaptable to a wide range of performance requirements from the characterization of high performance devices to low cost requirements for production -- for IDMs, fabless companies, and subcontractors. About MediaTek MediaTek Inc. is a leading provider of total solution for optical storage and digital consumer semiconductor. Founded in 1997 and headquartered at Hsinchu Science Industrial Park, Taiwan, MediaTek is now one of the world's top 5 IC fabless companies and the world's largest chipset supplier of CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, Combi and DVD player. MediaTek's patent-pending, progressive scan algorithm: MDDi(TM) (Media Direct De-Interlacing) technology delivers superior video quality to the end users. The MDDi(TM) technology utilizes an intelligent link between MPEG decoder and embedded progressive scan processor. It can reproduce the most accurate pictures from DVD movie discs. DVD players that contain the MDDi(TM) technology can be identified from the MDDi(TM) logo on the product. The Company's common stock is traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under the code "2454". For more information, please visit the Company's web site at www.mtk.com.tw. About Credence Credence Systems Corporation is the industry's leading provider of design-to-test solutions for the global semiconductor industry. With a commitment to applying innovative technology to lower the cost-of-test, Credence delivers competitive cost and performance advantages to integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), wafer foundries, outsource assembly and test (OSAT) suppliers and fabless chip companies worldwide. A global, 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 . NOTE: Credence is a registered trademark, and Credence Systems, 4-D, NPower, Sapphire NP, and XTOS are trademarks of Credence Systems Corporation. Other trademarks that may be mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners. 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