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STC announces new board of directors to support significant growth and drive adoption of open test standards in Semiconductor Industry

Don Edenfeld of Intel Corp. re-appointed STC Chairperson for third consecutive year

(PresseBox) (Niwot, Colorado, ) 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 the STC has elected its new board of directors. Building on the successes achieved in part to the diverse and committed board of directors last year, the STC members opted to re-elect the board. Steering member Advantest affirmed Paul Roddy of Advantest America Inc., who served as the STC Chairman on behalf of Motorola from 2003 to 2004, as appointee to the board.

Don Edenfeld of Intel Corp. has been re-appointed as the chairman, while Hideyuki Aoki of Renesas Technology Corp. and Klaus Luther of Infineon Technologies AG have been re-appointed as vice-chairpersons. In addition, the two new elects from last year - Billy Antheunisse of Texas Instruments Inc. and Steve Wigley of LTX Corp. - have both been re-elected as STC board members. Bob Helsel has been re-appointed as STC Manager and Treasurer by the Board.

"As the board is equally diversified in its technical expertise and geographic makeup, the STC is well positioned to continue to meet new challenges as the test industry matures," explained Edenfeld. "A perfect example is the consortium s STIXTM initiative, which encompasses both open hardware and software specifications for all peripheral areas around the ATE. This initiative has generated a great deal of interest from the industry because it provides value-added standards that benefit the entire supply chain."

Luther added, "The substantial progress that the Docking and Interface Working Group has achieved is indicative of what this industry can accomplish when working in a collaborative environment. I expect that this group, as well as the other working groups, will continue to focus on areas to further reduce the nuisance issues and unnecessary R&D costs that do not provide value-add to the semiconductor, equipment and outsource service provider companies."

"Mutual and open collaboration is key to the global semiconductor industry and many of the leading probe card and prober companies in the world have made significant contributions to the Probe Card Working Group," stated Aoki. "They have been able to address some key areas regarding order placement and mechanical holders, which will minimize communication errors, development costs and time to bring probe cards into the production environment."

"We are in a position to create new working groups and specifications as part of the STIX initiative that will lower costs in the semiconductor test industry," concluded Helsel. "We are open, we are on the move, and we invite those companies still on the periphery to participate. This will be a pivotal year for the STC."

About the STIX Initiative
The Semiconductor Test Interface eXtensions (STIX) 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 (STC) 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, 38 semiconductor, equipment and instrumentation companies worldwide, 41 university members in Europe, Japan, China and the United States, and 14 individuals support the STC. More information can be found at