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Credence's Quartet Chosen by Cirrus Logic to Test

                     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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