STC Highlights rising momentum for global semiconductor test collaboration and substantial consortium progress at Semicon Japan 2007

Niwot, Colorado, (PresseBox) - The Semiconductor Test Consortium, Inc. (STC), the leading proponent of the development and adoption of value-added open test standards that benefit the semiconductor industry, today announced it will provide an update on its Semiconductor Test Interface eXtensions (STIXTM) initiative and the Docking & Interface Working Group (DIWG) activities at SEMICON Japan 2007, December 5-7, at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan. The STC will also provide an overview of its substantial global progress around the adoption of the Open Semiconductor Test Architecture (OPENSTARâ) standard during the show at its booth #10B-104. This year’s expansion of the consortium’s scope to include peripheral areas around the automated test equipment (ATE) sector, coupled with record attendance at STC events this year serves as a strong indicator of the increasing momentum and validation of the consortium’s efforts to establish an industry-wide framework for collaboration to address rising semiconductor test costs.

New global STC membership has experienced significant growth this year, primarily driven by the STIX initiative introduced in July. The STC welcomed 17 new members—six companies, nine individuals and two university professors. In conjunction with SEMICON Japan, the STC will hold a general meeting on December 6, to be followed by the annual SEMICON Japan dinner meeting. Both events will be held at the APA Hotel and Resort, Tokyo Bay Makuhari in Chiba.

"The recently launched STIX initiative has created additional interest from the industry and is a major impetus for many new members joining STC," stated Bob Helsel, STC Manager. "Clearly the industry understands that pre-competitive collaboration on open standards is critical to being successful in today’s volatile consumer-driven market. We are gratified to see the record level of booth traffic at both SEMICON West and International Test Conference, and expect this momentum to carry over into SEMICON Japan."

"We’re very pleased with the progress OPENSTAR and STIX have made this year and look forward to continuing expansion of these key initiatives," added Don Edenfeld, STC Chairman and Manufacturing Test Equipment Development Manager at Intel.

STC at SEMICON Japan 2007 – Booth #10B-104 2007 Key Highlights on Global Progress

- Officially launched Semiconductor Test Interface eXtensions (STIX) initiative in July at SEMICON West
- Docking & Interface Working Group (DIWG, part of STIX) formed and published first draft of terminology specification
- OPENSTAR Solutions Working Group (OSWG) released second revision of products roadmap
- Achieved record number of attending companies for second annual Global STC Conference (GSC)
- Hosted 19 worldwide events

About the STIX Initiative

The Semiconductor Test Interface eXtensions initiative is designed to foster pre-competitive collaboration across the global semiconductor test supply chain, as part of a comprehensive and unified effort to deliver ATE interface standards. It encompasses both open hardware and software specifications for all peripheral areas around the ATE, regardless of tester architecture or vendor. By standardizing these interfaces, integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) service providers can benefit by gaining higher equipment utilization and easier line balancing. In addition, equipment suppliers can benefit by reducing the need for redundant research and development (R&D) efforts in non-differentiating product areas.

About the Semiconductor Test Consortium

The Semiconductor Test Consortium was founded in 2003. Open to all companies throughout the semiconductor supply chain with a vested interest in the test sector, the consortium is focused on the following goals: formalizing a broadened STC scope with new working groups and specification structure; fostering pre-competitive collaboration among industry participants toward development of value-added standards; emphasizing the value of work being accomplished and the contributions to the industry; and continuing efforts to fully enable the STC Ecosystem, through its OPENSTAR and STIX initiatives. Today, 41 semiconductor, equipment and instrumentation companies worldwide, 40 university members in Europe, Japan, China and the United States, and 16 individuals support the STC. More information can be found at

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