Advantest Ships 500th V93000 Port Scale RF Tester to Chinese Producer of Wireless Communication ICs

Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:05am EDT

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  SANTA CLARA, CA, Jul 27 (Marketwire) -- 
Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE:
6857) (NYSE: ATE) has installed its 500th V93000 Port Scale RF test
system, with the landmark unit going into the engineering development
laboratory of Spreadtrum Communications (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a fabless
semiconductor company developing mobile ICs for the wireless
communications market. Spreadtrum has begun using the versatile tester,
which is equipped with both a Pin Scale 1600 digital card and a MB-AV8+
analog card, to develop semiconductor products for mobile phone
applications, including RF-based system-on-chip (SOC) and 3G baseband

    "Advantest's V93000 platform is helping us to perform high-end testing on
very cost-sensitive devices," said Eric Zhu, manufacturing director at
Spreadtrum. "In addition, Advantest's 24x7 customer engineering support
services underscore their steadfast commitment to our mutual success."

    Spreadtrum is the leading supplier of semiconductor solutions for China's
3G TD-SCDMA mobile telecommunications standard. The company also produces
communication ICs for the 2.5G and EDGE mobile phone markets.

    With its per-pin architecture, Advantest's V93000 Smart Scale(TM)
Generation achieves the highest cost efficiencies in testing wireless
semiconductor devices. When equipped with Pin Scale 1600 digital channel
cards, V93000 Port Scale RF test systems provide best-in-class per-pin
capabilities, including individual clock domains, high-accuracy DC
testing and digital performance. For testing RF devices, Advantest's
MB-AV8+ analog card enables high throughput while maintaining
compatibility with established MB-AV8 instruments. It also expands
real-time analog bandwidth to support next-generation products on
customers' roadmaps, including Spreadtrum's 4G LTE advanced devices.

    About Advantest Corporation
 A world-class technology company, Advantest
is the leading producer of automatic test equipment (ATE) for the
semiconductor industry and a premier manufacturer of measuring
instruments used in the design and production of electronic instruments
and systems. Its leading-edge systems and products are integrated into
the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. The
company also focuses on R&D for emerging markets that benefit from
advancements in nanotech and terahertz technologies, and has recently
introduced multi-vision metrology scanning electron microscopes essential
to photomask manufacturing, as well as a groundbreaking 3D imaging and
analysis tool. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest established its first
subsidiary in 1982, in the USA, and now has subsidiaries worldwide. More
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