Advantest Earns 25th Consecutive Ranking as a Top Semiconductor Test Equipment Supplier in the Annual VLSIresearch Customer

  Advantest Earns 25th Consecutive Ranking as a Top Semiconductor Test
  Equipment Supplier in the Annual VLSIresearch Customer Satisfaction Survey

 ... Global IC test equipment supplier recognized by customers for technical
 leadership, product performance, quality of results, and other achievements

Business Wire

TOKYO -- May 23, 2013

Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE:
6857, NYSE: ATE) announced today that it has earned a place on the
VLSIresearch list of the 10 BEST Suppliers for 2013. For the 25^th consecutive
year, ratings from the world’s leading producers of semiconductors –IDMs,
OSATs and Fabless companies – have secured Advantest a position on the
time-honored survey conducted by leading industry-analyst firm, VLSIresearch
inc (Santa Clara, Calif.).

Specific areas in which Advantest’s customers expressed their greatest degree
of satisfaction with the company’s performance included, trust in supplier,
product performance, quality of results, technical leadership, and partnering.
The industry’s highest ratings were awarded to Advantest in the categories of
trust, partnering, field engineering support, commitment, and support after
sales.

“With its ranking on the 10 BEST Supplier list for 2013, Advantest now holds
the distinction of being named to the list for a quarter century, and in each
year since the survey’s inception in 1988,” said G. Dan Hutcheson, CEO of
VLSIresearch. “Twenty-five years of sustained recognition is quite a testament
to Advantest’s commitment, technical leadership and strength of management.”

The annual customer satisfaction survey collects feedback from more than 98%
of the worldwide chip market. Participants are asked to rate equipment
suppliers among fifteen categories based on three key factors: supplier
performance, customer service, and product performance. In total, over 70,000
responses were tallied into the results. The annual VLSIresearch Customer
Satisfaction Survey on Chip Making Equipment is the only publicly available
opportunity since 1988 for chip manufacturers to provide feedback on their
suppliers.

“Advantest takes pride in the high standards it sets for its products and
services and we are gratified that our commitment to excellence is so highly
recognized by the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers,” stated Haruo
Matsuno, president and CEO of Advantest Corporation. “We are grateful to our
customers for the trust and confidence they place in our capabilities and we
remain steadfastly focused on their success and to delivering the industry’s
highest performing test solutions,” he continued.

About VLSIresearch

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analysis on the technical, business, and economic aspects within
semiconductor, nanotechnology, and related industries. VLSIresearch provides
intelligence for faster and better decision making in the areas of
semiconductors, photovoltaics, LEDs display, manufacturing, materials, and
critical subsystems. VLSIresearch was founded in 1976. More information is
available at: www.VLSIresearch.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 groundbreaking 3D imaging and analysis
tools. 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.

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Contact:

Advantest Corporation
Amy Gold, 212-710-0515
a.gold@advantest.com
 
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