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Verigy to acquire Inovys

Posted: 11 Dec 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:acquisition? IC test? EDA?

IC test company Verigy has signed an agreement to acquire Inovys, a privately held, design debug solution provider. Financial details were not disclosed.

This acquisition enables Verigy to offer an integrated time-to-yield solution for semiconductor manufacturers. Inovys' products bridge the gap between EDA and test, providing a seamless path between design and production. Inovys has also created a comprehensive test suite that enables semiconductor companies to reduce design debug from weeks to hours, lower production test costs by a factor of up to three, and support real-time yield enhancements with unique failure analysis tools.

The design complexity of advanced SoC devices combined with challenging nanoelectronics process technologies drives up the cost of manufacturing. The 300mm fabs are very capital-intensive. Return-on-investment requires achieving a specified level of yield, or "entitled yield". Minimizing the time required to reach that yield becomes critical. Additionally, the challenges of the distributed manufacturing model used between fabless companies and their foundry partners drive demand for higher levels of integration for design and production test.

"Time-to-entitled-yield becomes a critical metric that places the focus squarely on test," said Keith Barnes, chairman, CEO and president of Verigy. "Inovys' and Verigy's solid track records for technology innovation, quality products and superb customer service will allow us to raise the bar in delivering world-class solutions to the industry."

"Joining forces with Verigy will expand Inovys' reach and accelerate our ability to develop solutions at the crossroads of design, manufacturing and yield metrology," said Paul Sakamoto, Inovys' CEO. "Together we bridge the gap between design validation/silicon debug and high-volume manufacturing."

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