Rudolph Technologies Appoints STAr Technologies as Authorized Vendor for Probe Card Interfaces in Asia

Appointment provides customers in region with a cost-effective, local supplier for
probe card interfaces

Flanders, New Jersey (Sept. 7, 2010)-Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: RTEC), a leading provider of process characterization equipment and software for wafer fabs and advanced packaging facilities, announces that it has signed an agreement with STAr Technologies to be an authorized manufacturer and seller of Rudolph probe card interfaces (PCI) for its PrecisionPoint® and PrecisionWoRx® product lines in the Asia region.

STAr Technologies, based in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is a leading provider of test solutions and probe cards in the semiconductor industry. The agreement with Rudolph allows STAr to deliver cost-effective PCI solutions and provide additional support resources to meet the growing demand in the probe card test and analysis segment. Probe cards and probe card interfaces provide the critical physical and electrical links between the integrated circuit and the equipment used to test the circuit before it is packaged.

"We are very pleased to provide our customers with a reliable local supplier for the critical interface component of our probe card test and analysis tools," said Darren James, Rudolph's product manager for the probe card test and analysis business. "STAr's position as a leading supplier of probe cards and its strong presence in the region will ensure that our customers derive maximum value from their Rudolph tools."

"Our relationship with Rudolph as an authorized supplier leverages our local presence to provide our mutual customers with the best products and support at competitive prices," stated Dr. Choon-Leong Lou, CEO of STAr Technologies.

The agreement with STAr to manufacture and sell Rudolph PCIs is effective in the following countries: China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

STAr Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Hsinchu City, Taiwan, with offices spanning across Asia and the USA. The company provides semiconductor test software, automatic test equipment, probe cards, IC sockets, service and expert consultations to meet present and future challenges of the semiconductor industry. STAr Technologies' expertise extends across parametric electrical tests (E-test), wafer-level and package-level reliability (WLR and PLR), analog and mixed signal tests, etc. Additional information can be found on the company's website at

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of defect inspection, process control metrology, and data analysis systems and software used by semiconductor device manufacturers worldwide. Rudolph provides a full-fab solution through its families of proprietary products that provide critical yield-enhancing information, enabling microelectronic device manufacturers to drive down the costs and time to market of their products. The company's yield management solutions are used in both the wafer processing and final manufacturing of ICs, as well as in emerging markets such as LED and solar. Headquartered in Flanders, New Jersey, Rudolph supports its customers with a worldwide sales and service organization. Additional information can be found on the company's web site at


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