Wright Williams & Kelly

WWK Signs Volume Purchase Agreement
with SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics

August 22, 1996 (Dublin, CA) - Wright Williams & Kelly announced today the completion of an agreement for worldwide implementation of TWO COOL® cost of ownership (COO) software with SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics. The agreement covers all SGS-THOMSON wafer fab and assembly facilities and will be used for both new equipment purchases and on-going supplier management.

"We selected TWO COOL® after a thorough analysis within our organization," stated Dr. Gérard Stéhelin, the Worldwide Front-End Operations Corporate Equipment Programs Manager. We have been pleased with both the software and support and have decided to move forward with this program on a worldwide basis. The ability to use a standard model that simplified communication both inside SGS-THOMSON and with our suppliers was a key consideration. Initial implementation is already underway in several wafer fabs."

"We are pleased that this agreement covers both front-end and back-end applications," indicated David W. Jimenez, WWK's Vice President and General Manager. "SGS-THOMSON is one of the most geographically diverse IC manufacturers in the world. We look forward to the challenge of effectively supporting SGS-THOMSON in the broad range of applications that are provided by cost of ownership."

SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics is a global independent semiconductor company listed on the New York Stock Exchange and on the Bourse de Paris. The company designs, develops, manufacturers and markets a broad range of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) and discrete devices used in a wide variety of microelectronics applications, including telecommunication systems, computer systems, consumer products, automotive products and industrial automation and control systems.

Wright Williams & Kelly is a cost reduction modeling and simulation company focusing on real tools for real people making real decisions™. Providing technology-dependent and technology-driven companies with consulting services and software solutions for productivity measurement and enhancement since 1991.


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