Credence Installs Taiwan's First Complete Fault Analysis Lab

for Advanced Design, Debug and Characterization at VIA Technologies 
MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 24 /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
VIA Technologies, Inc. is the first fabless company in Taiwan to purchase a
complete electrical fault analysis lab for advanced design, debug and silicon
characterization from Credence. 
Credence's 65-nanometer ready complete lab solution incorporates emission
microscopy, time-resolved emission technology, laser-scanning microscopy, and
circuit edit. It also includes software tools that integrate all of the
elements of failure analysis (FA) and design debug hardware into an easy-to-use, efficient debug lab for advanced devices. Credence's complete lab
provides a proven high return on investment in silicon yield enhancement and
reliability by optimizing and improving overall product quality. It reduces
the engineering and mask costs associated with fault isolation by increasing
the chances of first-time right solutions and accelerates time-to-market
through precise and rapid analysis of critical failures. At the same time, it
enables the characterization and quantification of the gray area between
design and manufacturing marginality. 
"VIA has kept ahead of the industry by anticipating next-generation
technology requirements and incorporating them into discrete silicon or into
our wide range of core logic chipsets," said Shelton Lu, vice president of MPE
(Manufacturing and Product Engineering) Division, VIA Technologies, Inc. "By
working with a single supplier, we can leverage Credence's knowledge and
expertise throughout the design and debug process. There is no other company
in the industry today that can provide a world-class integrated lab solution
that encompasses all of the advanced tools necessary to enable debug, while
protecting critical IP in the fabless/foundry relationship, in one complete
package. Credence's approach is both comprehensive and strategic to our
business model, making this an easy decision for VIA." 
"Increased product complexity, time-to-market pressures and shorter cycles
are challenging our customers. As a result, they can no longer rely on CAD
tools alone to deliver fault analysis within the required time window," said
Ofir Baharav, senior vice president and general manager of Credence's
Diagnostics and Characterization Group. "We look forward to working with VIA
to help them deliver a more methodical and consistent product debug
About Credence 
Credence Systems Corporation is the industry's leading provider of design-to-test solutions for the global semiconductor industry. With a commitment to
applying innovative technology to lower the cost-of-test, Credence delivers
competitive cost and performance advantages to integrated device manufacturers
(IDMs), wafer foundries, outsource assembly and test (OSAT) suppliers and
fabless chip companies worldwide. A global, ISO 9001-certified company with a
presence in 20 countries, Credence is headquartered in Milpitas, California.
More information is available at 
About VIA Technologies, Inc. 
VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE 2388) is the foremost fabless supplier of
market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced
connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete
platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded
markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high
tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the
world's top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. 
Credence is a registered trademark, and Credence Systems is a trademark of
Credence Systems Corporation. Other trademarks that may be mentioned in this
release are the intellectual property of their respective owners. 

    Company Contact:
    Judy A.E. Dale
    Vice President, Marketing Communications and Investor Relations
    Credence Systems Corporation
    Phone: 408-635-4309
    FAX: 408-635-4986

SOURCE  Credence Systems Corporation 
Judy A.E. Dale, Vice President, Marketing Communications and Investor Relations 
of Credence Systems Corporation, +1-408-635-4309, or Fax, +1-408-635-4986,
-0- Oct/24/2005 20:30 GMT
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