Tessolve Sets Up Testing Facility In Bangalore

by Sohini Bagchi    Jun 30, 2005

Tessolve, a provider of semiconductor test and product engineering services today announced the setting up of state-of-the-art facilities in Bangalore that would provide digital, mixed signal testing and radio frequency (RF) testing and other product engineering services to its global and domestic customers.

The move by US-based Tessolve to set up a test house in Bangalore is expected to benefit a number of semiconductor companies in India, both local and MNCs. The Indian facility

Asserting this as the first independent semiconductor testing facility centre in India and in the Asia-pacific region, P. Raja Manickam, founder and CEO, Tessolve, said, “Testing and packaging are a critical part in the life cycle of a semiconductor chip. But until now the Indian semiconductor industry ended with the design phase up to GDS II. While some of the leading semiconductor vendors have their own testing facilities, numerous others depend on third-party testing firms for test services.”

Manickam feels that the setting up of this testing facility would provide cost effective solutions for test development, failure analysis and reliability testing. The facility would allow semiconductor companies to go beyond GDS II for the first time in India and allow them to work in a physical environment.

Graphic Data Station (GDSII) is an open hierarchical database that is a geometric representation of an integrated circuit design.

The company has invested over Rs 45 crore on the test center. Speaking about this huge investment, Ashoke Belani, director and co-founder Tessolve, remarked, “The product engineering services in tandem with the design groups in the semiconductor industry makes this investment very compelling. This being a specialized domain would also allow us to leverage the talent pool in the country.”

Though it was a challenge to find talents initially, experts from Singapore and the US were hired to provide a rigorous training a new set of professionals from India.

With five testers and 50 testing professionals on its rolls at present, Tessolve plans to rope in 120-150 by the end of 2006. With the high-speed expansion of India’s semiconductor arena in recent times, Manickam said the time is right for setting up a testing facility in India due to the growing base of semiconductor vendors.

“The opportunity is immense as we already have a strong customer base, with leading companies such as Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Agere, Broadcom, Insilica, Sitar, SCL and Beceem Communications, ” he said.

Belani feels that the front-end design is moving to India in a big way, while the backend IC layout is in the early stages. “Tessolve will provide package design, test development and hardware design in India. A number of customers are growing and the company expects more business to follow, with Indian companies undertaking end-to-end product design responsibilities,” he concluded.

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