Taiwan Foundry and Assembly Contractors Standardize On Schlumberger ATE Common Platform; Schlumberger ATE Triples Shipments to Leading Taiwanese Companies.
SAN JOSE San Jose, city, United States
San Jose (sănəzā`, săn hōzā`), city (1990 pop. 782,248), seat of Santa Clara co., W central Calif.; founded 1777, inc. 1850. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 27, 1998--Schlumberger Automated Test Equipment (ATE) today announced that it has tripled shipments of ITS 9000 systems into Taiwan.
Multiple ITS 9000EXA and ITS 9000CV systems will be delivered through June of this year to leading Taiwanese companies including: Davicom Semiconductor, Inc.; Integrated Technology Express, Inc.; MediaTek, Inc.; Sigurd Corporation; Siliconware Corporation; United Microelectronics Corporation UMC (United Microelectronics Corporation) was founded as Taiwan's first semiconductor company in 1980 as a spin-off of the government-sponsored institute ITRI. Today, UMC is best known for its merchant foundry business, manufacturing integrated circuits wafers for fabless (UMC UMC United Methodist Church
UMC United Microelectronics Corporation
UMC University Medical Center
UMC United Microelectronics Corp (Republic of China)
UMC University of Missouri-Columbia ); Walsin Advanced Electronics Corporation; and Winbond Electronics, Ltd.
Devices to be tested on the Schlumberger ITS 9000 common platform include 3D graphic devices, CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
in full compact disc read-only memory
Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser). associated ICs, telecommunications and data communications data communications, application of telecommunications technology to the problem of transmitting data, especially to, from, or between computers. In popular usage, it is said that data communications make it possible for one computer to "talk" with another. parts, and PC support ICs.
"We view our partnership with Schlumberger as a mutual cooperation," stated Mr. H.J. Wu, president of UMC. "We see this as a positive step to improving our business. We believe the Schlumberger ITS 9000 common platform enables us to attract more customers and, therefore, load more devices."
"This business success is completely attributable to our commitment to the Taiwanese market and the flexibility of the ITS 9000 common platform," commented Jack Liu, president, Schlumberger Test & Transactions Asia. "The ITS 9000 offers unparalleled performance and flexibility due to its wide range of digital, memory and mixed-signal capabilities."
Liu added, "We have made significant investments in both equipment and people in Asia. We have more than doubled our local resources in Taiwan to support this level of business, and will continue to invest in this growing market."
Common Platform Lowers Cost
The unique ITS 9000 common platform includes configurations for testing complex system-on-a-chip devices through high-end microprocessors and ASICs. By combining a common software environment, Advanced Symbolic ATE Programming (ASAP (chat) asap - As soon as possible. (R)), and a flexible Sequencer-Per-Pin(R) (SPP (1) (Scalable Parallel Processor) A multiprocessing computer that can be upgraded by adding more CPUs.
(2) (Standard Parallel Port) The Centronics parallel port that was used on the first PCs. ) architecture customers can develop a universal test program which can then be run on any other Schlumberger system. Therefore, customers no longer need a mix of different systems to test a wide range of devices -- the ITS 9000 systems can test them all, including 2D and 3D graphics, super I/O "Super I/O" is the name given to a class of I/O controller integrated circuits that began to be used on personal computer motherboards in the late 1980s. A super I/O chip combines interfaces for a variety of low-bandwidth devices. , microcontrollers, MPEG decoders, CD-ROM devices. This cost-effective solution results in lower operating and training costs, better use of engineering resources and compatible spares.
ITS 9000EXA, the Industry's True System-On-a-Chip System
With full digital, analog and embedded memory capability, the ITS 9000EXA is designed specifically to meet the requirements of highly complex system-on-a-chip devices. The ITS 9000EXA provides the uncompromised digital performance needed for multimedia devices -- 100/200MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc. data rates -- together with fully synchronized high-performance analog capabilities in a low noise floor environment and a 16X,16Y,32Z hardware algorithmic pattern generator. This enables Schlumberger to address emerging technologies used in the mixed-signal and system-on-a-chip market.
ITS 9000CV Provides Cost-Effective Solution
Introduced by Schlumberger ATE in December 1996, the ITS 9000CV 100MHz, 256 pin system incorporates superior hardware and software parallel architecture allowing simultaneous testing on two test heads, true parallel test of 16 devices, independent test for each site and one test program for any combination of sites. In a study conducted by the European Community European Community: see European Union.
European Community (EC)
Organization formed in 1967 with the merger of the European Economic Community, European Coal and Steel Community, and European Atomic Energy Community. , usage of this system resulted in a 50 percent cost-of-test reduction.
By offering a single platform with multi-function performance systems and providing local support, Schlumberger has become the fastest growing supplier of test equipment and services to the Taiwanese market. The financial stability of major Taiwanese companies, such as UMC, has led the country to become the leading provider of foundry, assembly and test services for fabless designers in the U.S. and Taiwan. These services also provide established semiconductor suppliers the ability to outsource.
Schlumberger ATE designs and manufactures the most comprehensive line of manufacturing equipment for the assembly, analysis and testing of semiconductor devices, including diagnostic systems, automation systems and automatic test equipment. It also provides measurement systems for front-end applications, as well as equipment to test complete electronic assemblies and systems for the telecommunications and automotive industries Automotive Industries, Ltd. (Hebrew: תעשיות רכב נצרת עלית, תע"ר . With nearly 1,800 employees worldwide, ATE maintains the largest internationally installed base of automatic test equipment systems.
Schlumberger ATE is a division of Schlumberger Limited, a $10.65 billion global technology service company providing oilfield services, natural resource management, transactions-based technology and associated systems, and semiconductor test equipment.
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