Advantest Installs Multiple V93000 Dragon Testers at Powertech Technology Inc., a Leading Taiwanese Test and Assembly Foundry<6857.T>

Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:05am EDT

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  TOKYO, Apr 11 (Marketwired) -- 
Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE:
6857) (NYSE: ATE) has installed several of its V93000 Smart Scale(TM)
generation testers, configured for testing system-on-chip (SOC) devices,
at Powertech Technology Inc.'s (PTI) outsource semiconductor assembly and
testing (OSAT) facility in Taiwan. All of the systems in PTI's order
feature Advantest's Dragon configuration with performance capabilities
including clock-domain-per-pin(TM), parametric measurement units (PMU)
per pin and system-like stress testing, which PTI plans to employ in
testing advanced SOCs.

    The order includes V93000 A-Class and C-Class configurations. The V93000
A-Class tester uses Advantest's smallest test head, which minimizes the
system's footprint and power consumption to achieve a low cost of
ownership. The C-Class system is equipped with the largest test head
available for the V93000 Dragon system. All classes of V93000 Smart Scale
testers are compatible, giving users the flexibility to shift
semiconductor devices from one Smart Scale class to another as IC
production volumes and testing needs change over time.

    "To expand our testing capabilities, we needed a solution capable of
handling SOCs' demanding integration trends, which involve higher pin
counts as well as the combined functionality of mixed-signal, RF (radio
frequency) and high-speed digital circuitry," said KJ Jan, corporate
officer of test for PTI. "We also wanted a solution that would be
compatible with existing single-density cards and provide a way for us to
continue testing more mature devices in the most economical way possible.
Advantest's V93000 Dragon tester meets these needs, allowing us to reduce
our cost of test and speed up time to market for our customers."

    Introduced to customers in 2012, the V93000 Dragon tester is designed for
maximum versatility and scalability while offering the lowest cost of
test. Using up to 2,048 channels, it can test a wide range of ICs, from
low-cost consumer devices to high-performance semiconductors for diverse
applications. The V93000 Dragon tester is fully scalable and compatible
with the proven V93000 Smart Scale platform, offering a unique
combination of low cost, high pin count and flexible performance. High
throughput features and advanced test capabilities enable the lowest cost
of test along with superior testing accuracy and repeatability.

    All Dragon testers use an innovative test processor that eliminates the
need for expensive components to test advanced CMOS devices with
densities up to several gigabits. The test processor offers the highest
integration in the ATE industry. 

    About Powertech Technology Inc.
 Founded in 1997, Powertech Technology
Inc. (PTI) is the world's leading provider of back-end semiconductor
services including IC probing, packaging, testing and worldwide delivery.
The PTI Group has more than 8,000 employees and operates world-class
manufacturing plants in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. PTI has achieved a
compound average growth rate of more than 25 percent over the past 10
years and, in 2008, ranked fifth among IC back-end subcontractors and
first in memory device applications. PTI ships more than 260M units per
month to customers, who are primarily first-tier integrated devices
manufacturers (IDM) and fabless companies. More information can be found

    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 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
information is available at


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