VIA Selects SynTest for Fault Simulation and ATPG

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 26, 2000--SynTest Technologies, Inc. (SynTest), an EDA Company and supplier of DFT tools for IC designers and foundries, announced today that VIA Technologies, Inc (VIA) has picked SynTest. VIA is using SynTest's TurboFault(TM), a fast fault simulator; and SynTest's TurboScan(TM), a full-scan and partial-scan synthesis and ATPG program for improving the testability of VIA's high-performance ASICs. SynTest's products improve a design's testability and fault coverage and result in reduced defect levels and tester time.

``We are very pleased that VIA, one of the leading IC design houses in Taiwan, has selected our fault simulator and ATPG to improve testability for their high performance ASICs,'' remarked L.-T. Wang, SynTest's President and CEO.

Benjamin Chiu, Section Manager of Design Methodology at VIA, noted, ``Our experience with the past several designs has proven the value and usefulness of SynTest's complete suite of DFT, BIST, scan synthesis and ATPG tools. They fit very well into our flow and out-perform any other tools available in the marketplace today.''

About VIA

VIA Technologies, Inc is the world's leading fabless supplier of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia and communications chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, as well as cost-effective VIA CyrixR processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators.

VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the U.S., China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE:2388), and achieved annual revenues of U.S. $356 million in 1999 VIA Technologies, Inc., 8F, 533, Chung-Cheng RD., Hsin-Tien, Taipei, Taiwan,R.O.C., Tel: 886-2-22185452,

About SynTest

SynTest Technologies, Inc., develops and markets DFT, logic and memory BIST synthesis, boundary scan, ATPG and fault simulation software tools and offers consulting services throughout the world to semiconductor companies, ASIC designers and test groups.

SynTest Technologies, Inc., 505 S. Pastoria Ave, Suite 101, Sunnyvale, Calif. 94086, U.S.
Tel: 408/720-9956,,

Acronyms and definitions

ASIC: Application Specific IC
ATPG: Automatic Test Pattern Generation
BIST: Built-in-Self-Test
DFT: Design-for-Test
EDA: Electronic Design Automation
IC: Integrated Circuit
RTL: Register Transfer-Level

Keywords -- EDA, test, ATPG, semiconductor, DFT, ASIC

Note to Editors: VIA is spelled with all Caps.

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