Advantest Earns Supplier Excellence Award From Texas Instruments<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 earned the Texas Instruments (TI) 2012 Supplier
Excellence Award. Advantest provides the M4841 pick-and-place test
handler, which TI uses with its installed automated test equipment (ATE).
This is the first time that Advantest has received this supplier award
from TI.

    Advantest has installed M4841 Dynamic Test Handlers at TI's manufacturing
facilities around the world. The versatile handler's universal
compatibility enables it to enhance the productivity of test platforms
from Advantest as well as other suppliers.

    TI's Supplier Excellence Award recognizes suppliers who contribute
significantly to TI's business success through outstanding performance
and continuous improvement in providing goods or services. Suppliers'
efforts are assessed through a company-wide process used to communicate
expectations and evaluate performance in six areas: cost, environmental
and social responsibility, technology, responsiveness, assurance of
supply and quality.

    "As we work to strengthen TI's core processes, we are emphasizing the
importance of execution in every role and organization," said Rob
Simpson, TI's vice president of worldwide procurement and logistics. "We
look to Advantest Corporation, as a key business partner, to help us
achieve our priorities through outstanding execution, quality and
performance. Advantest is an integral component of our mission to provide
the products that help our customers transform the future, today."

    "This award from TI exemplifies the strong and growing partnership
between our companies," said Keith Lee, president and CEO of Advantest
America, Inc. "We remain dedicated to maintaining and extending
Advantest's leadership in technology and customer service for all aspects
of semiconductor test and handling."

    Advantest's M4841 Dynamic Test Handler is optimized for high-throughput
parallel testing of complex ICs and packages including ball grid arrays
(BGAs), chip-scale packages (CSPs), quad-flat packages (QFPs) and
quad-flat no-leads (QFNs). It can substantially reduce the cost of
testing high-volume devices used in consumer applications such as
portable digital equipment and automotive electronics. The system is
designed to maintain a high mean contact between jams (MCBJ) and includes
an upgradable Tri-Temp capability as well as a soft-touch feature that
safeguards singulated IC packages from scratches and other potential

    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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