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Test consortium expands to China

Posted: 21 Apr 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:semiconductor? china beijing semiconductor industry association? wafer?

The Semiconductor Test Consortium has signed an agreement with the China Beijing Semiconductor Industry Association (CBSIA) to collaborate on individual and joint activities aimed at promoting the consortium's charter and deployment of its Open Architecture test initiative in China.

The CBSIA, made up of 16 founding Chinese enterprises that receive support from the Beijing Economic Committee, serves as a government-industry liaison. It is chartered to promote development of China's chip industry. The consortium was founded in 2003 and later introduced the Open Semiconductor Test Architecture (Openstar) to promote test solutions with hardware and software interoperability among many test equipment vendors. Openstar is supported by more than 30 international semiconductor companies, vendors and universities.

The consortium also said Tokyo Electron Ltd (TEL), a leader in wafer probers for 300mm wafers and other geometries, has recently joined the consortium's steering committee leadership. TEL will help develop interfaces between Openstar systems and probers.

Steve Martinez, TEL's strategic marketing manager, has been named to the STC's board of directors. Steering committee members include Intel, Motorola and Advantest.

- Nicolas Mokhoff

EE Times

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