LogicVision, Toppan and Syswave Forge a Value-Added Relationship to Offer Design, DFT and Test Services in Japan

TOKYO, April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LogicVision, Inc. (NASDAQ: LGVN), a leading worldwide provider of semiconductor built-in-self-test (BIST) and diagnostic solutions, today announced the signing of a three-way agreement with Toppan Ltd. and Syswave Corp. (JASDAQ: 6636) for turn-key design and test services. As designs continue to grow and become more complex, there is significant benefit to providing customers with a near turn-key solution. This team -- LogicVision, Toppan, and Syswave -- will integrate as well as provide back-end debug and manufacturing test support of advanced BIST solutions for complex designs. In this three-way arrangement, Toppan will integrate and verify LogicVision's BIST IP into customer designs while Syswave will provide support in using these BIST capabilities during debug and manufacturing test. This business collaboration will provide added value to each of the three companies' mutual customers by providing a one-stop integrated strategy for device development and test.

"One of the greatest challenges facing Japan semiconductor manufacturers today is achieving acceptable product quality levels while minimizing escalating test costs," said Shin Kimura, VP and managing Director of LogicVision, Japan. "This is especially true as the industry moves to 65nm and 45nm process geometries and beyond. With this relationship, we will be able to help our customers achieve the desired quality at an affordable price."

"I am sure this collaboration will attract many customers, especially those with advanced SOCs," said Isao Suzuki, General Manager of Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. "It is a common headache for everybody developing a complicated LSI design to have a complete testing solution, without anxiety, as technology migrates into deep submicron and densities become huge. With this collaboration, our customers will be very happy with all of the solutions we provide that meet every possible need for design implementation and, of course, testing. As one of the largest Design and Turn Key service providers in Japan, we, Toppan, can provide extensive service from the early stages of design all the way to mass production. I can assure that our expertise regarding BIST IP will satisfy any customer."

"This alliance is incredibly exciting to me. It will resolve existing testing problems dramatically," said Tetsuo Onikura, President & CEO of Syswave. "This relationship will contribute to not only Japanese semiconductor manufacturers but also their customers. Moving forward to 45nm and beyond, we expect that testing efficiency will decrease resulting in cost increases. LogicVision's outstanding solutions will resolve these issues. Syswave's test engineering capability will empower these solutions within the Japanese semiconductor testing market."

About Toppan

Toppan is a total service provider for the development of LSI designs utilizing various LSI technology including digital, mixed-signal, analog, memory, etc. Toppan's SOC design business began over 30 years ago. Its expertise grew over time, and now its technical capability includes large scale system LSI design utilizing world-class IP such as ARM CPU cores and a wide variety of ICs across a broad range of analog technology. In addition to its design service capability, Toppan is now capable of handling not only ES production, but also MP (Mass Production) of LSI designs based upon strong partnerships with foundries, test houses, and assembly houses. In recent years, the demand for such full service operation - LSI design through to volume production has grown dramatically, and this OEM Device Business is now on course to become one of our main business lines. For more information on the company and its products, please visit the Toppan Technical Design Center website at www.toptdc.com

About Syswave

Syswave Corp. (JASDAQ:6636), the world's unique semiconductor testing solution company, provides engineering services and products for various kinds of testing requirements emerged out of the LSI design and development environments, has wide-ranged design capabilities for LSI design development, covering from circuit design through place and routing and testing. The company is highly evaluated especially for the outstanding capability for providing solutions to improve testing efficiency of LSI devices, including not only test program development covering various manufactures' ATEs, but also evaluation using actual devices and reliability evaluation, in the field of digital consumer applications, mobile applications and automotive electronics. For more information, visit the Syswave website at www.syswave.jp.

About LogicVision Inc.

LogicVision (NASDAQ: LGVN) provides a comprehensive set of proprietary built-in-self-test (BIST) technologies for achieving the highest quality silicon manufacturing test while reducing test costs for complex System-on-Chip devices. LogicVision's Dragonfly Test Platform(TM) enables integrated circuit designers to embed BIST functionality into a semiconductor design. This functionality is used during semiconductor production test and throughout the useful life of the chip. The complete Dragonfly Test Platform, including the ETCreate(TM), Silicon Insight(TM) and Yield Insight(TM) product families, improves profit margins by reducing device field returns and test costs, accelerating silicon bring-up times and shortening both time-to-market and time-to-yield. For more information on the company and its products, please visit the LogicVision website at www.logicvision.com.

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