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Taiwan Foundry and Assembly Contractors Standardize On Schlumberger ATE Common Platform; Schlumberger ATE Triples Shipments to Leading Taiwanese Companies.

SAN JOSE, 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); 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 associated ICs, telecommunications and data communications 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(R)), and a flexible Sequencer-Per-Pin(R) (SPP) 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, 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 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, usage of this system resulted in a 50 percent cost-of-test reduction.

Taiwanese Market

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.

About Schlumberger

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. 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.

CONTACT: Schlumberger ATE

Carole Rogers, 408/437-5314

caroler@san-jose.ate.slb.com

or

GCI San Francisco

Elissaveta Ivanova, 415/974-6200

eivanova@gcigroup.com

or

Sally Chew, 65-7466344 (Singapore)

schew@singapore.asia.slb.com

or

Yoko Nagase, 81-(0)3-3434-7082 (Tokyo)

nagase@fuchinobe.skk.slb.com
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