The Collaborative Alliance for Semiconductor Test (CAST) group says that it seeks broad participation within the industry to engage in and resolve common industry issues that will ultimately lead to higher equipment utilization, easier line balancing and greater return on investment for equipment users, and lower redundant R&D costs in non-differentiating product areas for test equipment providers.
"Our goal is to collaborate across company boundaries in critical areas of concern while retaining free and full competition ," said Debbora Ahlgren, vice president and chief marketing officer of Verigy, and co-chair of the CAST planning group. "Our intent is to formalize the organization within one of the existing associations serving the industry in the very near term."
"The formation of CAST is a significant and a natural next step in the evolution of the semiconductor test industry. CAST's charter combined with broad industry participation presents a unique opportunity to collaborate on standards and define clear and achievable goals that will benefit the entire industry," added Don Edenfeld, Intel, and CAST planning group co-chair.
Charter CAST supporters include: Advantest, Amkor, Infineon, Intel, LTX-Credence, Qualcomm, Roos Instruments, Teradyne, and Verigy.
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