July 10, 2007 – FormFactor Inc. and Elpida Memory have formed a strategic partnership to help Elpida reduce its annual test costs by creating a “test solution roadmap”. The collaboration will take “a holistic view that examines the entire test function and its place in the manufacturing process,” the companies said. They will work closely from chip design to fabrication, wafer test to final test.
“Our customers are under increasing pressure to reduce their cost of test and product costs, shorten their time to market, and cope with the growing complexity of testing requirements for their advanced products,” said Igor Khandros, CEO of FormFactor, in a statement. “The current approach of ‘spot-market’ engagement used by wafer test suppliers is not structured to help their customers effectively meet these challenges.”