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RALINK SELECTS CREDENCE'S ASL 3000RF FOR WIRELESS LANS.

Ralink Technology Corporation, a provider of wireless local area networking (WLAN) solutions and technology, has selected Credence Systems' ASL 3000RF test system. Ralink selected the system based on its ability to meet the significant technical and economic challenges presented by next-generation wireless devices and applications, including 802.11b standards.

The ASL 3000RF features advanced RF instrumentation with both digital and baseband analog tools. Additionally, the system incorporates Credence's patented modulated vector network analysis (MVNA) technology, the first major technology breakthrough development in S-parameter measurements in thirty years.

"As we began scheduling resources and test equipment to begin manufacturing wireless communications devices, we realized that we needed to expand our test platform strategy to include a cost effective solution," said Dr. Dennis C.W. Lo, Ralink's vice president of RFIC engineering. "Credence's ASL 3000RF system provides the right combination of RF and digital instrumentation to meet our needs and address the demanding requirements of WLAN applications."

"The ASL 3000RF's advanced technology and performance capabilities paired with Credence's established reputation and extensive customer support infrastructure in this region convinced Ralink to use the ASL 3000RF as one of its test platform strategies," said Larry DiBattista, vice president and general manager of Credence's Mixed-Signal and Wireless Division. "Ralink's selection of the ASL 3000RF demonstrates our expanding presence and penetration into the wireless communications market space. We look forward to building a long-standing relationship with Ralink."

About ASL 30000RF

Credence's ASL 3000RF is a high-performance, mixed-signal, radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) test system for wideband, wireless communications devices. Featuring the industry's most advanced RF instrumentation, the ASL 3000RF is designed to meet the increasingly complex test requirements of a new generation of RFICs for wireless applications, including 802.11 wireless local area networking (WLAN) standards, and 3G mobile communications services. The ASL 3000RF incorporates advanced capabilities, including Credence's patented MVNA technology, a new method for measuring S-parameters, or scattering parameters, with greater accuracy. The system features a flexible, scaleable architecture that provides a cost-effective way to easily extend and upgrade the system with analog, digital, and enhanced RF test capabilities as required to meet emerging wireless requirements. There are more than 1,000 ASL series of testers installed worldwide.

About Ralink

Ralink Technology Corp. is a fabless wireless semiconductor company that develops physical-layer chipsets for all WLAN standards, including the popular 802.11b, new 802.11a, and the upcoming 802.11g. Ralink's innovative radio frequency (RF) and baseband technologies offer optimum physical-layer solution for all WLAN standards. The company blends creative engineering talent with mature management, and is committed to the design of high-performance and power efficient wireless systems at low cost for the fast growing WLAN market. Ralink is a privately held company with design center in Cupertino, California, and operation and support center in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Ralink can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.ralinktech.com/ .

About Credence

Credence Systems Corporation is changing the future of semiconductor production by integrating test solutions throughout the design, validation and production processes. A leader in the manufacture of automatic test equipment (ATE) for the global semiconductor industry, Credence also provides test program development and debug software and engineering validation test solutions that enable faster time-to-market with lower total cost-of-test. Head quartered in Fremont, California, the company is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer and maintains advanced production and design facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Credence can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.credence.com/ .

For more information, call 510/492-3118.
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