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Combining analog, digital, mixed-signal, and RF test instrumentation, Sapphire(TM) D-40 is designed to move test data from devices under test, through instruments, and into test processors. Scalable data infrastructure allows users to grow data path bandwidth and power availability in segments as test needs grow. Utilizing high-density technology, device leverages cPCI standards and offers data management and parallel test capabilities.



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Credence's New Sapphire D-40 Offers Unparalleled Production Test Efficiency for Advanced Consumer Devices



MILPITAS, Calif., July 11 -- Credence Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:CMOS), a leading provider of test solutions from design to production for the worldwide semiconductor industry, today at SEMICON/West introduced the latest addition to its industry-leading Sapphire(TM) platform, the Sapphire D-40.

Combining analog, digital, mixed-signal and RF test instrumentation, the Sapphire D-40's high-density technology delivers a competitive performance/cost ratio alternative. Leveraging the proprietary Credence integrated technologies first introduced in the award-winning Sapphire D-10, the Sapphire D-40 enables the analog and mixed-signal scalability needed to balance device manufacturers' challenges for SiP and MCP device integration and test costs.

The Sapphire D-40 offers enhanced data management and parallel test capabilities that translate into high throughput efficiencies. As a result, the Sapphire D-40 delivers four times the test performance of the Sapphire D- 10, with a 25 percent increase in platform footprint.

"Growth in the semiconductor industry is increasingly driven by consumer- oriented devices and applications such as MP3 players, mobile phones and a multitude of other portable electronic appliances," said Dave Ranhoff, president and chief executive officer of Credence Systems Corporation. "The high-density technology in the Sapphire D-40 enables data I/O scaling to deliver superior multi-site economics. This creates new opportunities for managing the aggressive test cost targets that are key to bringing innovative portable technologies to the consumer market."

The Sapphire D-40 leverages a unique combination of Credence IP and broad- based industry standards to allow users to grow data path bandwidth and power availability in segments as test needs grow. As a result, the Sapphire D-40 provides unparalleled levels of test efficiency at an industry-leading cost, regardless of the level of test requirements.

"What we've done with the Sapphire D-40 is create a highly scalable data infrastructure, similar to that used on the Internet," continued Ranhoff. "Every time you add another module or instrument to the system, you add more data bandwidth."

The Sapphire D-40 has leveraged cPCI standards to deliver a solution that works on a widely available instrument I/O standard supported by hundreds of companies. The Sapphire D-40 is designed to move test data rapidly from the devices under test, through instruments and into test processors. With more than 2048 200 Mbps digital pins and high-density, mixed-signal instruments, the Sapphire D-40 also features dedicated highly accurate analog instruments and up to 32 ports of MVNA-enabled RF.

About Credence

Credence Systems Corporation is a leading provider of debug, characterization and ATE 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/.

Credence is a registered trademark, and Credence Systems, Sapphire and MVNA are trademarks of Credence Systems Corporation. Other trademarks that may be mentioned in this release are the intellectual property of their respective owners.

Media Relations Contact:
Judy 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

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