FormFactor Joins Semiconductor Test Consortium in Support of Expanded Scope to Encompass the Entire Test Process
December 6, 2006
NIWOT, Colo., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ — The Semiconductor Test Consortium, Inc. (STC), the leading proponent of worldwide adoption of Open Architecture, today announced that FormFactor, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORM – News) of Livermore, Calif. has joined the consortium. The welcome addition of the leader in advanced wafer probe cards marks yet another milestone for the STC, as it continues to expand its scope to encompass more of the entire test process — delivering further benefits for the global semiconductor industry.
“FormFactor is very pleased to join the STC and looks forward to supporting the membership and industry standards on a worldwide basis,” said Sergio Perez, vice president of SOC Marketing at FormFactor. “The time is optimum for us to join their efforts. As the largest and most advanced manufacturer of wafer probe cards, we have synergistic goals to reduce the high cost of testing and provide the capability needed to test high performance advanced semiconductor devices.”
Intel Corporation Engineering Manager and STC Chairman Don Edenfeld added “FormFactor’s membership is another indication that there is great interest and need to expand the consortium to encompass the entire test process. By broadening our scope we are better able to attract a more diverse membership of leading providers to the semiconductor industry.”
“We look forward to FormFactor’s inputs and active participation in driving new standards in our expanded technical working groups,” said Klaus Luther, Infineon Technologies Vice President Test Technology Communication Solutions and STC co-vice chairman. “Their global presence and technical expertise will help drive critical industry standards that will ultimately provide cost effective solutions for everyone’s benefit.”
In conjunction with exhibiting at Semicon Japan December 6-8, the STC will hold a general meeting on December 7th, followed by the annual dinner meeting.
About the Semiconductor Test Consortium
The Semiconductor Test Consortium was founded in 2003 to develop a common test architecture that is completely open, documented and supported via solutions available from all ATE vendors. 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 new initiatives, the value of work being accomplished and the contributions to the industry; and continuing STC efforts to fully enable the OPENSTAR® Ecosystem. Today, 44 semiconductor, equipment and instrumentation companies worldwide and 38 universities in Europe, Japan, China and the United States, in addition to eight STIL users and three individuals support the STC. More information can be found at www.semitest.org .
NOTE: OPENSTAR is a registered trademark of the Semiconductor Test Consortium.
Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical in nature are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are based on current information and expectations that are inherently subject to change and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results might differ materially from those in any forward- looking statement due to various factors, including, but not limited to: FormFactor’s ability to reduce the high cost of testing and provide the capability needed to test high performance advanced semiconductor devices and to drive critical industry standards that will ultimately provide cost effective solutions; and the scope of its participation in the consortium. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those in any forward-looking statement is contained in FormFactor’s Form 10-K for the fiscal period ended December 31, 2005, the company’s Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2006, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), and subsequent SEC filings. Copies of the company’s SEC filings are available at http://investors.formfactor.com/edgar.cfm . The company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release, to revise any forward-looking statements or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements.