Geotest Joins Semiconductor Test Consortium

Irvine, Calif. (November 05, 2008) - Geotest is pleased to announce that it has joined the Semiconductor Test Consortium (STC), the semiconductor industry's leading proponent for the development and adoption of value-added open test standards. As a member, Geotest will be an active participant on the Portable Test Instrument Module (PTIM) Working Group, which is part of the Semiconductor Test Interface eXtensions (STIX(TM)) initiative.

"Industry involvement is vital to the STC's current success, and we are thrilled to have Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc. join the STC," said Bob Helsel, STC Manager. "As a major player in the PXI market, Geotest's STC membership and participation in the PTIM working group is a welcome addition and offers additional momentum to the overall effort and goals of STC to develop specifications and recommendations that leverages industry standard platforms and tools."

Loofie Gutterman, Geotest's president, expressed the importance of being a part of the organization responsibile for promoting standardized test solutions within the seminconductor test industry. "We are pleased to be working with the STC to develop value-added standards and recommendations for the semiconductor test industry," Gutterman said. "I believe these collaborative efforts will help end users create cost effective test solutions for both current and future semiconductor technologies and products. I'm confident that, as an industry leader, we can help the PTIM Working Group achieve their goal of adopting value-added open test guidelines and recommendations."

The PTIM Working Group was created to address the rapid integration of ancillary measurement capabilities, while providing a valid business model for both the instrument and equipment maker. The development of integration guidelines will enable rapid integration of the more than 1500 PXI and other instrument standards into ATE platforms.

About Geotest - A subsidiary of the Marvin Group, Geotest - Marvin Test Systems, Inc. is a global supplier of PXI and PC-based test products, systems, and solutions. Geotest's products and systems are used worldwide in thousands of aerospace, semiconductors, communications, medical, industrial, and military test applications.

About the Semiconductor Test Consortium - The Semiconductor Test Consortium (STC) was founded in 2003. Open to all companies throughout the semiconductor supply chain with a vested interest in the test sector, the consortium is focused on the following goals: formalizing a broadened STC scope with new working groups and specification structure; fostering pre-competitive collaboration among industry participants toward development of value-added standards; emphasizing the value of work being accomplished and the contributions to the industry; and continuing efforts to fully enable the STC Ecosystem, through its OPENSTAR® and STIX(TM) initiatives. Today, 30 semiconductor, equipment and instrumentation companies worldwide, 44 university members in Europe, Japan, China and the United States, and eight individuals support the STC. More information can be found at Visit the STC website for more details:

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