Nextest Exhibits Cost-Effective Test Solutions at SEMICON/China 2007


SHANGHAI, China, March 19 -- Nextest Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:NEXT), a leading manufacturer of automatic test equipment (ATE) for cost-sensitive semiconductors, announced today it will exhibit at SEMICON/China in Shanghai, March 21-23, 2007. The conference is a premiere venue for companies in the semiconductor equipment industry to help foster new business opportunities in China and the Asia-Pacific region.

Nextest will showcase products that address the test challenges associated with high-volume flash, logic, SOC, and image sensor device types. These solutions are designed to increase volume, throughput, and reliability while reducing the cost of test.

Nextest will feature the following test solutions in booth #2000 at SEMICON/China:

Magnum iCP-EV
On display for the first time, and the first of its kind, is the 128-pin Magnum iCP-EV "personal" test system. Focused at the CMOS Image Sensor (CIS) market, Magnum iCP-EV offers CIS manufacturers a low-cost engineering alternative for program development and debug. Due to the tester's small physical size, engineering can perform the necessary work in an office environment, prior to moving devices to the Magnum iCP for volume-production testing. This innovative approach allows for a smooth transition to test CIS devices in parallel and is a much more cost-effective method over utilizing expensive, "large-iron" test equipment for required engineering. CIS devices are being utilized in numerous consumer products such as cell phones, still cameras, web cams, PDA's, and security cameras, with a plethora of new applications emerging in the near future.

Magnum SV
Also on display at SEMICON/China is the 1280-pin Magnum SV test system. Targeted at the high-growth flash, logic, and SOC markets, Magnum SV is a highly efficient, production-test solution that increases throughput and reduces test times significantly. Magnum SV, when combined with the appropriate prober or handler, creates an interface solution capable of testing up to 160 devices in parallel for the cost-sensitive consumer digital device market. With Magnum's flexible architecture, systems can be configured with a minimum of 128 pins on the Magnum PV, and as many as 7,680 pins, and 960 sites, with the Magnum Grande. Moreover, all Magnums utilize the same operating software, test programs, internal components and spare parts -- thus eliminating additional costs associated with training and inventory of spares.

ABOUT NEXTEST

Nextest Systems Corporation is a low-cost leader in the design and manufacture of automatic test equipment (ATE) for Flash memory and System-On-Chip semiconductors. Nextest's products address the growing demand from manufacturers for ATE with increased throughput, functionality and reliability, while reducing time to market and cost of test. Nextest has shipped over 1,700 systems to more than 60 semiconductor companies worldwide. Further information is available at www.nextest.com

Source: Nextest Systems Corporation

CONTACT:
Connie Graybeal-Berar,
GEM Design & Public Relations,
+1-408-529-4694,
cberar@mac.com, for Nextest

Web site: www.nextest.com/

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