Advantest and Galaxy Partner to Improve OEE With New Test Floor Intelligence
Partnership to Develop and Market Systems That Optimize Test-Floor
Operations for Greater Cost Efficiency
TOKYO and WALTHAM, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/27/13 -- Leading
semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE:
6857) (NYSE: ATE) and Galaxy Semiconductor Solutions, a top provider
of test-data analysis and yield-management software, have entered a
joint development and distribution agreement for Advantest's new Test
Floor Intelligence (TFI) software solutions. Advantest and Galaxy
will cooperate to deliver advanced test-floor management systems that
monitor and optimize test processes for both systems- and
device-related issues, helping customers improve their overall
equipment effectiveness (OEE). Advantest's TFI software solutions
already are being used by major fabless IC companies, outsourced
semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) facilities and semiconductor
The Advantest-Galaxy partnership offers TFI solutions that perform
real-time data collection, control and web-based reporting.
Customizable dashboards give test-floor managers a clear picture of
tester utilization, equipment status, effective yield and other
metrics. The system helps identify issues relating to the test
program, interface hardware and test equipment before they impact
"We chose to partner with Galaxy for its expertise in a number of key
areas, including fast data analytics, cross-platform data import, U/I
design and web-based dashboards," said Steve Ledford, director of
global production solutions marketing at Advantest. "With Galaxy's
help, we are enabling our customers to get the most value from their
Advantest equipment and, more broadly, from their entire test floor."
"OEE has become a critical factor in reducing the cost of test," said
Wesley Smith, vice president of advanced technology at Galaxy.
"Combining our analytics with Advantest's test-data infrastructure
and global reach, we are offering a solution that gives customers
actionable insight into their test operations, which can lead to an
immediate improvement in OEE."
Galaxy Semiconductor Solutions is the de facto standard
for test-data analysis, IC yield management and quality-enhancement
solutions for the semiconductor industry. The company's tools provide
engineers and managers with actionable "semiconductor intelligence"
that enables better decision making and process improvement. Galaxy
products are utilized by over 3,500 users worldwide to help improve
device yields, reduce DPM (defects per million) and enhance
engineering productivity. Galaxy has established a reputation for
products that are easy to use and offer a very short time-to-benefit.
More information about Galaxy can be found at www.galaxysemi.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 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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