MediaTek Drives Multiple Credence Sapphire NP Systems Into Asia Test Houses

    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.
 
     CONTACT:  Judy Dale, Sr. Director, Marketing Communications of Credence
 Systems Corporation, +1-408-635-4309 or fax, +1-408-635-4986, or
 judy_dale@credence.com; or Beth Johnson Vice President of Fitzgerald
 Communications, +1-650-264-1457 or fax, +1-650-637-9601, or
 bjohnson@fitzgerald.com, for Credence Systems Corporation.
 
 

SOURCE Credence Systems Corporation

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