TOKYO & NES ZIONA, Israel — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 10, 2010 — Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE), the world’s leading supplier of semiconductor test equipment, and OptimalTest, the leader in Advanced Adaptive Test® and enterprise-wide test management and optimization software for the semiconductor industry, announce the availability of OptimalTest’s solutions for totally automated, integrated advanced adaptive test on Advantest’s T2000 High Performance Open Architecture test platform. By enabling T2000 testers and test cells with OptimalTest’s solutions, Advantest will augment the T2000’s industry-recognized high performance and cost benefits for SoC production test with the ability to achieve further significant improvements in yield; early detection of product, process and operational issues; reliability; reduced test time; production quality and Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE) while keeping test costs low.
“This collaboration with OptimalTest is another demonstration of Advantest’s commitment to provide our customers state-of-the-art test solutions that give them every possible competitive advantage,” says Greg Self, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Advantest America. “With technology and market conditions that are extremely dynamic, we understand that our customers need optimal yields, reliability and test times while being able to maintain high quality and high performance at low cost.”
Based on Advanced Adaptive Test and other innovative core technologies, OptimalTest’s comprehensive, tightly integrated modular solutions are scalable based on customer’s needs, from local test floor control to test optimization of global fabless partners. They can be implemented either by a universal station controller for maximum test floor control or by deploying a lite unobtrusive software engine that can span enterprises and that can be installed to make test operations “OT-Enabled” for rapid deployment based on needs. OT-Enabled platform users can then choose to activate OptimalTest applications such as OT-Rules2, an advanced expert algorithm engine and OT-Portal, a feature-packed decision-support and visualization tool. The solutions deliver a customizable range of capabilities, from real-time and near-time Early Detection at distributed sites to achieving the “Optimal Enterprise” in test operations across a global fabless value chain to make test data a strategic management tool.
“OptimalTest provides production test floors with measurable results to meet the objectives of fabless, IDM, foundry and OSAT customers. Our solutions are proven to deliver improved yield, increased equipment utilization and reduced test times,” explains Debbora Ahlgren, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for OptimalTest, “which mean reduced cost of test and operational efficiencies that boost ROI. In addition, because our solutions are scalable, once they are enabled and locally implemented they can easily be integrated across enterprises and partners. They deliver supply chain visibility in multi-enterprise businesses or customized value propositions to single entities such as downstream production partners.”
The T2000 represents a new generation of performance and value for high-production SoC test which has been adopted by the world’s leading IDMs, Fabless and OSAT (Outsourced Semiconductor Assembly and Test) companies for production of their cost-sensitive SoCs. With over 1,000 installations at over 40 global semiconductor companies, the T2000 increases first-pass yields and site uptime, and delivers the industry’s highest UPH via multi-site test capabilities. OptimalTest solutions, which can be easily and rapidly installed, will enhance yield learning during production ramps as well as for high-volume, multi-site test.
Advantest Corporation is the world’s leading automatic test equipment supplier to the semiconductor industry, and also produces electronic instruments and systems. A global company, Advantest has long offered total ATE solutions, and serves the industry in every component of semiconductor test: tester, handler, mechanical and electrical interfaces, and software. Its logic, memory, mixed-signal and RF testers and device handlers are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest established its first subsidiary in 1982, in the USA, and now has subsidiaries worldwide. Among them, Advantest America, Inc. is based in Santa Clara, CA. Advantest Europe GmbH is based in Munich, Germany, and Advantest Taiwan Inc. is based in Hsinchu, Taiwan. More information is available at www.advantest.com.
Established in 2005, OptimalTest provides comprehensive, scalable test management and optimization software based on advanced adaptive test. The company’s solution is unique for its breadth, incremental modularity, seamless connectivity and real-time and near-time capabilities. It allows adaptation and enhancement of test processes and operations through continuous automated learning, advanced adaptive test techniques and expertly culled data that is decision-ready, resulting in significant, measurable improvements in yield, test time reduction, reliability, and quality as well as reduced cost of test. OptimalTest has growing worldwide operations in Asia-Pacific, Europe and the United States. For more information, go to www.optimaltest.com.
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