Press Release

NXP and Presto Engineering establish new technical services activities in Caen

CAEN, FRANCE  ― Following its re-industrialization efforts that had started in 2008, NXP announced today a new entity on its site of Caen Côte de Nacre which will provide technical services aimed at improving the quality of semiconductors.

Following the analysis of several options and propositions, NXP selected the solution that combines a project from two company executives and the purchase of assets by Presto Engineering, a California-based company specialized in semiconductors services.

This new entity, which could start as early as February 2010, strengthens and speeds the deployment of Presto in France through its Presto Engineering Europe subsidiary.

"Thanks to expertise coming from NXP and the partnership agreements in place with the different research labs, this deal is a great opportunity to continue further our "Labless" model while showcasing a unique know-how," said Michel Villemain, CEO of Presto Engineering.

Jean-Yves Muller, CEO of NXP France commented: "The know-how of our specialists will enable Presto Engineering to become a worldwide center of excellence in Caen for physical analysis of RF products. This is a great solution to maintain highly-qualified jobs in Caen."

The new entity received support from the Basse Normandie region and from the county of Caen-la-Mer and plans to hire 20 people at the start. Activities will include a lab for test and analysis, an engineering team, marketing, sales and support activities.

About NXP Semiconductors

NXP Semiconductors provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power, Digital Processing and manufacturing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, industrial, consumer, lighting, medical, computing and identification applications. Headquartered in Europe, the company has about 29,000 employees working in more than 30 countries and posted sales of USD 5.4 billion in 2008. News from NXP is located at

About Presto Engineering

Presto Engineering, an ISO 9001 company, provides comprehensive semiconductor test and analysis solutions to IDM and Fabless companies, helping to improve the speed and predictability of new product releases. Presto combines unique technical expertise, extensive industry experience and state-of-the-art ATE, reliability, failure analysis and fault isolation capabilities to offer a complete product engineering solution designed to complement the internal resources of its customers. Presto Engineering is headquartered in San Jose, California.