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TERADYNE, GE, AND HEWLETT PACKARD FORM A VENTURE TO SUPPLY COMMERCIAL CASS TESTER

 TERADYNE, GE, AND HEWLETT PACKARD FORM A VENTURE TO
 SUPPLY COMMERCIAL CASS TESTER
 BOSTON, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Teradyne Inc., (NYSE: TER), General Electric Co., (NYSE: GE), and Hewlett-Packard Co., (NYSE: HP) have formed a new business unit called Automated Test International (ATI), which will develop and market a commercial counterpart to the U.S. Navy's CASS (Consolidated Automated Support System) standard test system. The new venture, which is organized as a limited partnership, was formed to take advantage of the growing demand for commercial CASS factory test systems by suppliers of electronics systems to the Navy.
 H-P and Teradyne are limited partners in ATI. The managing general partner is a wholly owned subsidiary of GE. In developing commercial CASS test systems, ATI will exploit the modular technology of CASS and the overall expertise of the partners. GE has licensed ATI with technology to build commercial CASS testers. Teradyne will provide digital test technology developed by its Assembly Test Division, and Hewlett Packard will supply Analog/RF (radio frequency) test technology.
 ATI, based in Daytona Beach, Fla., will distribute CASS factory test systems through a direct sales force in the U.S. and through trading partners outside the U.S. ATI's President Michael F. Kelly, comes to ATI from GE's corporate headquarters with experience in developing and marketing scientific and medical test equipment. He most recently spent a year working on GE's Navy CASS program.
 Kelly says that ATI's commercial CASS test systems will optimize the CASS technology for a factory environment while maintaining full compatibility with military CASS test systems, allowing for the development of compatible test program sets (TPSs).
 "Military contractors will benefit from the ability of ATI's CASS factory testers to meet commercial and factory requirements for test capabilities, size, throughput and price," he said. "Because of the modular architecture of CASS, we will be able to offer a range of commercial CASS solutions. This will allow military prime contractors and other suppliers to buy exactly what they need while being assured that the TPSs they develop will be transportable to military CASS."
 Potential users of ATI's CASS factory test systems include Navy aircraft and avionics system suppliers, Navy surface-ship weapon system manufacturers, and other suppliers of electronics to the Department of Defense. The company expects to make initial product deliveries within a year, with prototypes completed by the end of 1992.
 ATI plans to develop a family of integrated testers for use in developing CASS-compatible TPSs. The CASS factory test systems will use the same digital and analog stimulus and measurement technology, and the same operating system software, as the military version. They will range from commercial test stations that are identical to the Navy version to modular sub-sets of CASS which will provide a low-cost TPS-development environment. In addition, the architecture and design of ATI's testers will allow them to be used for non-CASS ATE applications as well, such as multi-service joint programs and commercial aircraft.
 Teradyne is a major producer of automatic test systems and connection systems, with 1991 sales of $509 million. Its stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (Symbol: TER).
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 /CONTACT: Frederick Van Veen, president of Teradyne, 617-422-2494/
 (TER GE HP) CO: Teradyne; General Electric; Hewlett-Packard ST: Massachusetts, Florida IN: CPR ARO SU: JVN


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