SynTest and SABER Team to Provide DFT
and Test Engineering Services

Alliance Pairs Leading Engineering Outsourcing and DFT Players To Speed IC Time
To Market By Bridging the Gap Between DFT Insertion and Test Engineering Services

SAN JOSE, California, October 10, 2001 -SABER, a business unit of Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) that provides engineering outsourcing and professional project management services for the semiconductor industry, and SynTest Technologies, Inc., the leading supplier of DFT (Design-for-Test) tools and services for integrated circuit (IC) designers and foundries, today announced they have formed a strategic marketing alliance. The alliance gives customers a way to bridge the gap between DFT insertion and test engineering services for chip designs that require complex test and verification solutions. By working together, SABER and SynTest become the first team to offer cohesive methodology consultation and test engineering services to take chip designs from DFT to final test.

SynTest offers the industry's broadest spectrum of DFT tools and services, allowing IC designers to implement DFT solutions that improve testability and debug solutions and make the validation and debug of the new design much faster and simpler. Fault information gathered from the test platforms in the validation process must feed back information to the DFT tools to pinpoint the fault in the new design. This is often an iterative process of extracting fault information, feeding it back to the DFT tools, then taking a new stimulus provided by the DFT tools to the test platform to trace the fault in the new design. SABER will provide services to integrate the link between the DFT tools and the ATE platform to make tracing the fault seamless. Through these diagnostic services SABER will be able to directly acquire timing and waveform data from the new design to correlate the faults from the DFT tools to the physical design. SABER also provides complete test engineering services, including first silicon validation, device characterization, test program development and deployment.

"During the validation of faults SABER engineers will be able to feed fault signatures from the tester back to SynTest DFT tools in order to pinpoint the specific problem in the design. SABER's diagnostic experts can then correlate the faults with the DFT tools and repair the fault on the IC," stated Tom Ho, vice president and general manager, SABER. "With this alliance, we can streamline the critical step from DFT to final test, combining the latest technologies and years of experience to ensure high test coverage while saving time and reducing cost."
"Our alliance with SABER is the next logical step in the evolution of SynTest," according to SynTest president and CEO, LT Wang. "We are constantly pushing the test technology envelope; now we can present our customers with an unbeatable pairing of tools and services to solve the most complex IC design and test issues in the market today."


Part of a business unit of Schlumberger Limited, SABER is the pioneer consulting and engineering outsourcing firm, leveraging advanced technology and in-depth industry knowledge to provide mission critical services to the semiconductor industry. Offering round-the-clock, across-the-globe consultation and implementation, SABER's multi-platform services, professional project management, engineering expertise, worldwide facilities and Internet-based interactive collaboration services capability enable customers throughout the world to improve time to market. Additional information can be found at

About SynTest

SynTest Technologies, Inc. develops and markets DFT tools and offers consulting services throughout the world to semiconductor companies, ASIC designers, and test groups. The company's products and services improve an electronic design's testability and fault coverage and result in not only reduced defect levels and costly tester time, but also reduced slippage in time-to-market.
SynTest has offices in Korea, Taiwan, and the United States, and distribution partners/representatives in Canada, Israel, France, Italy, the UK, Japan and Singapore.
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Acronyms and definitions:
ASIC: Application-Specific Integrated Circuit
DFT: Design-for-Test
IC: Integrated Circuit

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For Information Contact:
ValleyPR for SynTest, 1-650 345-7477, Georgia Marszalek
Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions, 1-408-586-6474, Mary Jo Colton