VIA Technologies Selects Credence's Octet as a Preferred Chipset

                           Device                                 Test Platform     FREMONT, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Credence Systems Corporation (Nasdaq: CMOS), a leading provider of solutions from design-to-production test for the worldwide semiconductor industry, today announced that VIA Technologies Inc. has selected its Octet(TM) configurable system-on-chip (SoC) platform for production test of its high volume computer chipsets. Octet's demonstrated performance and superior test times provide VIA with a compelling production test solution at a lower overall cost-of-test than competitive systems.  Octet features a wide selection of instruments capable of testing complex SoCs that incorporate a number of different intellectual property (IP) cores. The platform's architecture enables digital, high-speed serial, and analog tests to run simultaneously, significantly improving throughput. Additionally, Octet's powerful software suite saves VIA time during test development and facilitates a quick ramp-up to high-volume production test at their targeted manufacturing subcontractors.  "As one of the leading suppliers of computer chipsets, we are continually looking for ways to increase our IC production while lowering manufacturing costs," said Shelton Lu, vice president of manufacturing and product engineering at VIA Technologies.  "By working with Credence, we have access to an advanced SoC test platform that easily meets our performance requirements. Additionally, Credence's on-site engineering support enabled us to efficiently transfer volume manufacturing of these chipsets to Octet, and we are already experiencing extremely competitive test times."  "VIA computer chipsets are being incorporated on many of today's motherboards and current production is reaching several hundred thousand units per week," said Gary Smith, senior vice president of Credence's SoC Products Group.  "Octet's advanced software tools allow VIA to develop test programs that can be rapidly transferred to production test.  The ability to manufacture ICs quickly will help VIA meet the increasing demand for PC chipsets, strengthening their position in the marketplace."  Octet addresses demanding SoC test conditions that require high data rates and signal speeds. With leading-edge jitter analysis tools and configurable modular instrumentation, Octet is ideally suited to test high frequency, multi-channel, multi-site and precision audio applications. The platform gives VIA unique performance and economic advantages as they continue to develop innovative silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions.    About VIA Technologies, Inc.  VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, optical storage, communication and networking chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3(TM) processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2001. Additional information can be found at www.via.com.tw.    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 offers a wide range of systems for the test of analog, digital, non-volatile memory, mixed-signal, SoC, and wireless semiconductor devices typical in today's automobile, portable computing, consumer and communications products. Credence and its subsidiaries also provide test program development and debug software, engineering validation test solutions, and advanced photon probing technology 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 .    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Such factors include, but are not limited to, cyclicality and downturns in the semiconductor industry, which the company is experiencing, rapid technological change in the ATE market, the Company's ability to successfully integrate acquisitions, economic and political instability in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, 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 and commercialization of its new products, product mix, overhead absorption, continued dependence on "turns" orders to achieve revenue objectives, the timing of new technology, product introductions, intellectual property issues, the risk of early obsolescence and the Company's ability to control and reduce expenses (including the ability to identify and successfully institute additional cost-saving measures).  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Company Contact:                        Agency Contact:      Judy Dale                               Patricia MacLeod      Sr. Director, Marketing Communications  Sr. Account Executive, Public      Credence Systems Corporation             Relations      510-492-3118 or 510-623-2524 fax        e21 Corp      E-mail: judy_dale@credence.com          510-226-6780 ext. 205 or                                               510-226-9902 fax                                              E-mail:                                             patricia_macleod@e21corp.com     SOURCE  Credence Systems Corporation /CONTACT:  Judy Dale, Sr. Director, Marketing Communications, of Credence Systems Corporation, +1-510-492-3118, or fax, +1-510-623-2524, or judy_dale@credence.com; or Patricia MacLeod, Sr. Account Executive, Public Relations of e21 Corp, +1-510-226-6780, ext. 205, or fax, +1-510-226-9902, or patricia_macleod@e21corp.com, for Credence Systems Corporation/        /Web site:  http://www.via.com.tw /     /Web site:  http://www.credence.com /   (CMOS)  CO:  Credence Systems Corporation; VIA Technologies Inc. ST:  California, Taiwan IN:  CPR HRD SEM SU:  LIC 
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