Advantest Acquires W2BI

Advantest Acquires W2BI 
Secures System Level Test Automation Software Solution 
TOKYO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/25/13 --  Leading semiconductor test
equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) (NYSE: ATE) and
US firm w2bi.com, Inc (President and CEO: Derek DiPerna, below: W2BI)
have reached an agreement in principle that Advantest will acquire
W2BI, a provider of system level test automation software focusing on
wireless communications. Based in New Jersey, W2BI will become a
fully-owned subsidiary of Advantest's US subsidiary, Advantest
America, Inc. The acquisition is scheduled for finalization in May
2013, pending the completion of all required procedures.  
The acquisition comes amid a heightened emphasis on mobile device
system level test, driven by the need to incorporate support for
mobile connectivity standards such as LTE and GSM and multiple
frequency bands, as well as the diversification of mobile operating
systems (OS) and applications software. Manufacturers and carriers
increasingly recognize the importance of testing smartphones and
other wireless communication devices at the design / R&D stage, in
realistic environments simulating actual usage. Meanwhile, the number
of items that must be considered for validation continues to
increase. The market for mobile device system level test equipment is
therefore expected to show robust growth going forward, supported by
increasing sales of wireless communications devices and the worldwide
adoption of the LTE standard.  
Advantest's acquisition of W2BI aligns with the company's strategic,
proactive expansion into new markets, while maintaining as its core
competence the measurement technologies it has amassed over decades
at the forefront of the test and measurement industry. The move
positions Advantest to further develop its presence in the mobile
device system level test equipment market, and is expected to
contribute to maximizing the company's profitability in growth
markets, underpinned by its global sales and support network. Going
forward, the company will seek additional synergies from the fusion
of W2BI's technology with Advantest's own solutions -- both of which
already enjoy widespread acclaim in the mobile device system level
test market and semiconductor test market, respectively.  
The acquisition is not expect
ed to have a material impact on
Advantest's consolidated results in the current period.  
About W2BI
 W2BI is a provider of automated test software for
handsets and other mobile communication devices and associated test
service solutions. Founded in November 1997, the company has offices
in South Plainfield, NJ, U.S.A. and Chennai, India. Annual sales in
CY2012 were approx. $7.5 million. More information is available at
www.w2bi.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
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 information is available at
www.advantest.com. 
Judy Davies
VP of Global Marketing Communications
+1 408-456-3717
judy.davies@advantest.com 
 
 
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