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Tessolve opens IC test facility in Bangalore

Posted: 07 Mar 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mixed signal? analog? digital? rf designs?

Tessolve Inc. has started providing test services at its facility coming up in Bangalore, the first time an independent company has done so in India. It has completed three projects and is working on another half-a-dozen or so for both Indian and multinational clients, helping to save both time and money for clients based in the country.

The facility, set up by an expatriate Indian engineer, Raja Manickam " who previously worked with Texas Instruments and Fairchild Semiconductor and is an Indian Institute of Technology alumni - is to be officially inaugurated in April.

The first phase of the facility will be completed by May at a cost of around $6 million, of which half has already been invested, said V. Veerappan, VP (operations), Tessolve Services Pvt. Ltd. It employs 25 people, many of them recruited from test houses in Singapore and while some other employees are among those who have returned from the U.S. But a similar number of staff is still to be hired. "We need people desperately. The skill base for testing is just being created in India," Veerappan said.

About 80 percent of the 100 or so design houses in India are located in Bangalore and so it made sense to set up the facility too here, he said. "Now, India is only into chip design as part of the entire food chain. Tessolve fills in another important part of this chain and Indian firms can now get their testing done here, instead of having it done overseas, as they used to," he said.

Now providing wafer sorting, test development and hardware design, Tessolve's next phase of growth in India depends on how work fills up, but getting work should not be a problem, he noted. It offers testing of mixed signal, analog, digital and RF designs at the low and high-end but will not do memory testing. Further plans are to add a failure analysis and a reliability lab. "We hope to help the movement towards Indian-owned intellectual property and products, instead of just being a country that ends up subsidizing high-tech work for other countries," he added. Currently, no one else offers testing as a business in India, with testing being done here in in-house facilities of overseas companies while others do it at overseas locations.

"As companies here look at their offerings becoming more turn-key and provide complete solutions, a facility like Tessolve's is definitely helpful," said A. Vasudevan, VP of the VLSI/Systems Design unit of Wipro Technologies. Wipro itself is considering entering into a tie-up with Tessolve to make use of the latter's services.

- K.C. Krishnadas

EE Times

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