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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Cascade Microtech Announces Partnership With Philips and Agilent Technologies to Establish New Research Facility for Development of Next Generation of High-Speed Wireless Devices

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BEAVERTON, Ore., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cascade Microtech,(Nasdaq: CSCD), a worldwide leader in precise electrical measurements on small structures, today announced a partnership agreement with Philips' MiPlaza research center and Agilent Technologies to create a new world class Electronic Measurement Laboratory on the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands . The laboratory will enable development of complex nanoscale high-speed integrated circuits (ICs) at the heart of next generation wireless systems.

"This is a major step forward for MiPlaza," said Gerjan van de Walle, business development director, MiPlaza. "Not only does it further strengthen the infrastructure and expertise we can offer in the area of semiconductor R&D, but it's also a significant expansion in the MiPlaza value network of strategic partnerships."

"By creating the center and providing a state of the art set of tools, wehope to drive innovation in the development of advanced semiconductors," said Thaine Allison, director of advanced development, Cascade Microtech.

"We are very pleased with the collaborative work being done with MiPlaza,"said Benoit Neel, vice president and general manager, Agilent Technologies. "It is Agilent's strategic intent to work with the leading research entities and industry champions in order to facilitate innovation. Agilent believesthat initiatives such as MiPlaza create tremendous opportunities for technical advancement."

The Electronic Measurement Laboratory will be equipped with high-performance, high-frequency measurement instrumentation, including Cascade Microtech's state of the art RF probes, wafer probe station andAgilent Technology's network analyzer capable of handling 300mm wafers with frequencies up to 67 GHz. The lab will enable research groups to performprecise electrical measurements on ICs directly on-wafer and will be fully supported by applications personnel and measurement specialists.

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