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Verification, test providers form outsourcing body

Posted: 24 Sep 2003 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IC verification? Expert Services and Tools for Semiconductors? ESTS? DFT tester solutions?

Six providers of services and tools for IC verification and test have banded together to form Expert Services and Tools for Semiconductors (ESTS), a trade organization aimed at providing outsourcing services for chip design firms. The founders are inviting other verification and test providers to join.

The ESTS has established a web site that provides information about its member companies, and details about membership in the organization. ESTS members focus on verification services and tools, test services and tools, product engineering, design for test (DFT), and DFT tester solutions.

The founding members include Correct Design, a verification consulting company; First Silicon Solutions, a provider of debugging tools; Inovsys, a maker of DFT testers; Obsidian Software, a provider of functional verification tools; SiliconAid Solutions, a DFT consultancy; and Test Spectrum, a test software creator.

The organization's primary focus is to promote small companies. "A lot of small companies don't have a good contact list or customer database when they're starting out," noted Jeff Cartwright, VP of market development at Obsidian. "So one thing we're doing is exchanging leads informally."

While the original six founders don't compete with each other, ESTS membership is open to anyone including competitors of the founders, Cartwright said. Membership fees range from $100 for a 20-person company to $25,000 for a company with over 100 employees.

There's no screening process for membership. "Initially the idea was that we were only going to accept people we thought were good, but we're not quite sure we can exclude people who don't meet our standards," Cartwright said.

For customers looking to outsource verification or test services, ESTS provides "one common place" to find suppliers, Cartwright said.

- Richard Goering

EE Times





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