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SYMTEK SYSTEMS AND ADVANTEST JOINTLY INTRODUCE TEST HANDLER WITH 64 TEST SITES (Product Announcement)

 SYMTEK SYSTEMS AND ADVANTEST JOINTLY INTRODUCE
 TEST HANDLER WITH 64 TEST SITES
 SAN DIEGO, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego-based SymTek Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMK) and Tokyo-based Advantest Corp. have jointly introduced a new handler specifically designed for new memory packages such as the Thin, Small Outline Package ("TSOP") and Thin, Small Outline J-Lead package ("TSOJ"). By using a unique tray- handling technique, the Model M6841A can position up to 64 semiconductor devices for test at one time without chip carriers.
 Developed in San Diego by a team of SymTek and Advantest engineers, the M6841A is the first product resulting from a joint development agreement between the two companies and was unveiled in December at the Semicon Japan trade show in Tokyo, according to Ray Twigg, president of SymTek.
 "The M6841A is targeted to customers who require high-volume handling of TSOP and TSOJ packages and do not want the added expense and risk of damage resulting from first placing the devices into carriers," Twigg stated. "Such carriers are required when testing these devices in conventional gravity-fed handlers and the M6841A uses a patented technique to handle these devices horizontally."
 The design of the M6841A allows direct docking of two test heads from the tester to a single handler, allowing testing of 64 semiconductors in parallel. This approach reduces floor space requirements by up to 20 percent compared to the conventional method that requires two or more handlers per tester.
 Advantest Corp. of Tokyo is acknowledged as the worldwide leader in the manufacture of memory testers and also manufactures handlers and non-semiconductor test equipment.
 SymTek Systems Inc. is the largest U.S. manufacturer of electromechanical handlers that heat or cool integrated circuits to precise temperatures, place them into positions for testing and sort them based on test results. The market for the company's products is driven by worldwide capacity increases for semiconductors as well as the continually changing packages that house integrated circuits.
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 /NOTE: Photos available upon request.
 /CONTACT: Ray Twigg, president, or John F. Moynahan, VP and CFO of SymTek Systems Inc., 619-674-6800; or Linda Seaton or Lynne Friedman, both of The Gable Group, 619-234-1300, for SymTek/
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