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 capability."  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 http://www.credence.com.  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     E-mail: judy_dale@credence.com     SOURCE  Credence Systems Corporation  CONTACT: 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,  judy_dale@credence.com -0- Oct/24/2005 20:30 GMT    
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