Advantest's New Test Cell Selected by Marvell Semiconductor to

Advantest's New Test Cell Selected by Marvell Semiconductor to Reduce
Cost of Test for High-Volume, Cost-Sensitive ICs 
Based on Evaluation Unit's High Performance, the x16 Parallel Test
Cell Has Been Released for Production for Marvell Products 
TOKYO, JAPAN -- (Marketwire) -- 01/08/13 --  Leading semiconductor
test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) (NYSE: ATE)
today announced that the company has installed the first evaluation
unit of its new test cell at Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), integrating the
company's T2000 Enhanced Performance Package (EPP) and its M4841
Dynamic Test Handler. The T2000+M4841 Test Cell, capable of handling
up to 16 devices in parallel, is designed to achieve the industry's
lowest cost on final testing of high-volume, cost-sensitive
semiconductors, including baseband processors, application
processors, microprocessors, microcontrollers and highly integrated
power-management integrated circuits (PMICs). 
"Marvell and Advantest are pioneering market leaders in this test
cell technology," said Albert Wu, vice president of manufacturing
operations for Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. "Working together, we are
developing a highly flexible, cost-effective solution for chip
characterization and production on the same platform."  
"While we continue to expand our test cell capabilities, Advantest is
also preparing to meet growing customer demand as IC production
volumes grow throughout global markets," said Mak Nakahara, senior
vice president of Advantest Corporation. 
The evaluation unit has been in trial use at Marvell's engineering
center since January 2012. Based on measured performance, the x16
Test Cell has been released for production for Marvell products. 
The T2000+M4841 Test Cell leverages the T2000 EPP's industry-leading
parallel efficiency, innovative computing, bus architecture and
high-density instrumentation to test as many as 16 complex
system-on-chip (SoC) devices at one time without sacrificing accuracy
or overall throughput. With the industry's largest socket area on its
load boards, the T2000's test head architecture maximizes the number
of devices that can be tested simultaneously, while also simplifying
the linkage with Advantest's M4841 test handler. The handler is
optimized for high throughput
 and low testing cost. It also maintains
a high mean contact between jams (MCBJ) and the handler's soft-touch
feature safeguards singulated IC packages from scratches and other
potential damage. As a result, the integrated T2000+M4841 Test Cell
offers customers the highest parallel final-test capabilities for the
broadest range of SoC devices. 
Advantest's T2000 EPP uses multiple tester controllers,
instrumentation architecture and its unique large load board area to
address the specific needs of today's complex microprocessors as well
as consumer and wireless devices. Its scalability and multi-function,
high-channel-density instrumentation enables this tester to meet SoC
test requirements while delivering the industry's most economical
cost-of-test advantages. 
Unique in its class, Advantest's M4841 Dynamic Test Handler
facilitates high-throughput parallel testing of complex ICs and
packages such as ball grid arrays (BGAs), chip-scale packages (CSPs)
and quad flat packages (QFPs). Because of its advanced performance
capabilities and features, including its field-upgradable Tri-Temp
capability, the M4841 system is optimal for high-volume production of
devices used in consumer applications such as portable digital
equipment and automotive electronics. With its high level of
efficiency, this handler contributes substantially to reducing the
cost of test. 
About Marvell
 Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) is a world leader in the
development of storage, communications and consumer silicon
solutions. Marvell's diverse product portfolio includes switching,
transceiver, communications controller, wireless and storage
solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure,
including enterprise, metro, home and storage networking. As used in
this release, the term "Marvell" refers to Marvell Technology Group
Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit
www.Marvell.com. 
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
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 www.advantest.com. 
COMPANY CONTACT:
Judy Davies
VP of Global Marketing Communications
+1 408-456-3717
judy.davies@advantest.com 
 
 
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