Advantest Enters MEMS Testing Market With Multiple System Installations at Freescale(R) Semiconductor's Facilities in Arizona

Advantest Enters MEMS Testing Market With Multiple System Installations at 
Freescale(R) Semiconductor's Facilities in Arizona
and Asia 
V93000 Smart Scale(TM) Testers With Small A-Class Test Heads and Pin
Scale 1600 Cards Qualified for High-Volume, Low-Cost Testing of
MEMS-Based Sensors 
TOKYO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/28/13 --  Leading semiconductor test
equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) (NYSE: ATE) has
entered the high-growth market for testing micro-electromechanical
system (MEMS)-based sensors by installing V93000 Smart Scale(TM)
systems at several of Freescale Semiconductor's facilities around the
world. In addition to using Advantest's testers for engineering
development at Freescale's Sensor and Actuator Solutions Division
engineering center in Tempe, Arizona, the semiconductor manufacturer
has started to employ the V93000 platform in production testing of
its newest generations of MEMS-based sensors being manufactured in
Advantest's versatile V93000 Smart Scale platform, equipped with Pin
Scale 1600 digital channel cards, can be configured to provide the
lowest cost of test for high-volume sensors. While the ultra-compact
A-Class test head enables a small footprint, the V93000's robust
system resources and its unique, processor-based universal pin
architecture combine to deliver unmatched parallelism and high
multi-site efficiency in testing all current and emerging sensor
The tester is equipped with drivers for all major MEMS handlers and
can communicate with the handler during the test flow. This is a key
performance attribute in testing MEMS, which requires the handler to
move between different orientations during test runs. 
"In extensively evaluating testers for its MEMS applications,
Freescale conducted comparative reviews of various systems to find
the solution that would meet its technical requirements," said Sae
Bum Myung, executive vice president of worldwide sales at Advantest.
"The combination of the V93000 platform's cost efficiencies, the
high-volume productivity enabled by our Pin Scale 1600 cards and our
around-the-clock engineering support services were instrumental in
winning this business." 
The Advantest V93000 tester has a successful track record with
Freescale. The company contracts with outsource semiconductor
assembly and testing (OSAT) facilities throughout Asia that are using
V93000 systems. 
"Using Advantest's V93000 systems in MEMS testing will enable us to
continue to lower our cost of test and improve the time to market for
our newest sensor products," said Seyed Paransun, vice president and
general manager of Freescale's Sensor and Actuator Solutions
The V93000 platform has the flexibility to test a wide range of
semiconductor devices used in a variety of applications, from sensors
to wireless communications. The tester's per-pin accuracy and high
throughput enable customers to quickly ramp to production volumes,
shortening their time to market. For nearly two decades, the V93000
platform has been used in developing and producing multiple
generations of logic and high-speed memory ICs by fabless companies,
OSAT foundries and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) around the
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 
Judy Davies
VP of Global Marketing Communications
+1 408-456-3717 
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