Next-Generation SoC Devices FREMONT, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Credence Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: CMOS), a leading provider of test solutions from design-to-production for the worldwide semiconductor industry, today announced that Cirrus Logic, Inc. (Nasdaq: CRUS) has selected the Quartet(TM) Series to test multi-media communication devices, including DVD controllers for next-generation, high-end audio and video products. By utilizing the Quartet, Cirrus Logic will be able to reduce its overall test costs for complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs. The Quartet Series was chosen by Cirrus Logic as part of their strategy to increase test capability and efficiency, ultimately bringing devices to market faster and at a lower cost. The large installed base of the Quartet worldwide provides Cirrus Logic with a fast, seamless transfer of complete test requirements from the design engineering facility to independent foundries and subcontractors worldwide. Using the Quartet platform for design and production test requirements reduces overall costs, complexity and time required for test program development. "With industry pressures to bring products to market quickly, it is imperative to utilize an integrated and efficient test platform, which Credence provides us through their Quartet Series of testers and emulation software," said Jerry Gray, Vice President, World Wide Operations, Cirrus Logic. "As we continue to develop high-performance solutions to meet the growing demands of the consumer electronics industry, we looked for a system that would best be able to meet the test needs of devices with next-generation communications technologies. Cirrus Logic found that the Quartet offers the kind of innovative technology we need to deliver consistent quality to our customers. This choice was further complemented by Credence's demonstrated technical Field Applications experience, tremendous overall cost advantage offshore and capability to support systems worldwide." "We're pleased that Cirrus Logic, a leader of the digital entertainment revolution, has selected the Quartet as its SoC test platform, reflecting the performance, accuracy and flexibility of the system," said Ed Wagner, General Manager of Credence's Consumer Mixed-Signal (CMS) Division. "With Quartet's large installed base in foundries and test houses, many of our fabless customers have realized the benefits of standardizing on this test platform. Being the only ATE vendor to offer the most complete design-to-test solution makes us a natural choice for companies such as Cirrus Logic that are looking to enhance their production flow from the design phase through to production test." About the Quartet Series Credence's Quartet Series combines a high-performance digital subsystem with industry-leading audio and video instruments to seamlessly test consumer system-on-chip (SOC) devices and provides a definitive solution for high volume testing needs. Providing one of the lowest per-pin cost-of-test for systems in its class, the Quartet offers 100/200 MHz performance with +/- 175 psec EPA accuracy and supports various analog instrument options. New feature options include an innovative zero-time DSP per-pin architecture, faster and deeper SCAN, a new UltraSPARC server running the latest Sun Unix operating system, and new analog instruments for testing high-speed Ethernet and PRML devices. About Cirrus Logic, Inc. Cirrus Logic, Inc. is a premier supplier of high-performance analog and DSP chip solutions for consumer entertainment electronics that allow people to see, hear, connect, and enjoy digital entertainment. Building on its global market share leadership in audio integrated circuits and its rich mixed-signal patent portfolio, the company targets mainstream audio, video and Internet entertainment applications in the consumer entertainment market. Cirrus operates from headquarters in Austin, Texas and major sites located in Fremont and El Dorado Hills, California and Broomfield and Boulder, Colorado, as well as offices in Europe, Japan and Asia. More information about Cirrus Logic is available at www.cirrus.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 and its subsidiaries also provide design and test validation solutions that enable faster time-to- market with lower total cost-of-test. Headquartered in Fremont, California, the company is an ISO 9001 certified manufacturer and maintains advanced production and design facilities in Hillsboro, Oregon. More information is available at http://www.credence.com . Note from Cirrus Logic Concerning Forward-Looking Statements Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this news release are forward-looking statements that are dependent on certain risks and uncertainties including such factors, among others, as the risk factors listed in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2001, and in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The foregoing information concerning Cirrus Logic's business outlook represents our outlook as of the date of this news release, and Cirrus Logic undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new developments or otherwise. Note from Credence Concerning Forward-Looking Statements This release may contain statements that are forward-looking and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results in future periods to be materially different from the future performance suggested in this release. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to successfully integrate acquisitions, economic and currency instability in the Asia Pacific region, fluctuation in customer demand, timing and volume of orders and shipments, competition and pricing pressures, reliability and quality issues, the Company's ability to complete the development of its new products, product mix, overhead absorption, cyclicality and downturns in the semiconductor industry, continued dependence on "turns" orders to achieve revenue objectives, the timing of new technology, product introductions, the risk of early obsolescence and the Company's ability to control expenses (including the ability to identify and successfully institute additional cost-saving measures). Further, the Company operates in an industry sector where securities values are highly volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond the Company's control. Reference is made to the discussion of risk factors detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to the Company, which is subject to change. Although any such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, the Company will not necessarily update the information, since the Company is only to provide guidance at certain points during the year. Actual events or results could differ materially and no reader of this release should assume later in the quarter that the information provided today is still valid. Such information speaks only as of the date of this release. NOTE: Credence is a registered trademark, and Credence Systems and Quartet are trademarks, of Credence Systems Corporation. Other trademarks that may be mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners. 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Credence's Quartet Chosen by Cirrus Logic to Test
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