June 1, 2011

Advantest Earns 23rd Consecutive Ranking as a Top Semiconductor Test Equipment Supplier in the VLSIresearch Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE), world’s leading supplier of semiconductor test equipment, announces it has been awarded with VLSIresearch’s coveted 10 BEST rating for the 23rdconsecutive year.  The rankings are based on direct customer feedback representing 95 percent of the world’s chip producers—Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDMs), Fabless and Outsourced Assembly and Test (OSAT) companies.  According to VLSIresearch, world’s leading semiconductor market-research firm, Advantest ranks among the 10 BEST companies in three market segments:  “Large Suppliers of Chip Making Equipment, “Test Equipment” and “Material Handling Equipment.”   The survey’s fifteen categories span a set of performance criteria, from cost of ownership to quality of resultsfield engineering support, trust and partnership.

In the test segment, Advantest earned its personal best ratings in categories of trust in supplier, quality of results, anduptime.  And, in a dedicated survey on suppliers of material handling equipment, Advantest captured the top spot for the first time in its history, garnering the highest ratings of all material handling suppliers in eight categories, including, software, process support, field engineering, spares support, support after sales, commitment, trust in suppliers, andpartnering.

Advantest, a global leader, designs and manufactures complete test solutions for SoC, logic and memory semiconductor devices, and is the only ATE company to offer a full suite of integrated test cell solutions.  The test cells, comprised of testers, handlers, device interfaces, and software, offer the industry’s highest levels of integrity and compatibility.

“Advantest’s ability to sustain successful customer relationships over the long-term demonstrates its strength as an ATE business partner,” commented Risto Puhakka, president of VLSIresearch “Advantest is universally recognized for its ability to sustain product excellence and customer service, and the company’s ongoing success is a tribute to the value that customers place on working with a financially stable, innovative company,” he continued.  “Able to adapt and prosper as the industry evolves; Advantest continues to add value to the industry with a steady stream of leading-edge technological contributions.”

“We’re gratified that we have been able to help our semiconductor customers navigate through today’s demanding market dynamics, and are very grateful to them for the trust and confidence they put in our capabilities,” commented R., Keith Lee, president and CEO of Advantest America.  “With the industry’s highest R&D funding, we are steadfastly focused on helping our customers meet their cost, time-to-market and technical requirements, and are committed to contributing to their success by delivering the industry’s highest performing test solutions,” added Mr. Lee.

About VLSIresearch
VLSIresearch is the leading provider of market research and economic analysis on the technical, business, and economic aspects within nanotechnology and related industries. The company is known for its unparalleled accuracy, innovation in market research, and its sharply focused insight into the rapidly changing landscape of the industries covered. Its databases on manufacturing are used throughout the industry, and by government. VLSIresearch’s primary databases and reports cover the semiconductor, flat panel display, PV cell and module manufacturing industries, and the market for critical subsystems and components within these and associated high technology industries. VLSIresearch was founded in 1976.  More information at:  https://www.vlsiresearch.com

About Advantest
Advantest Corporation is a world-leading automatic test equipment supplier to the semiconductor industry, and a producer of electronic and optoelectronic instruments and systems.  A global company, Advantest has long offered total ATE solutions and serves the industry in every component of semiconductor test:  tester, handler, mechanical and electrical interfaces, and software.  Serving the IDM, fabless and OSAT markets, its SoC and memory testers, and device handlers, are integrated into the most advanced fabrication lines in the world. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest established its North American subsidiary in 1982.  Advantest America, Inc. and Advantest America R&D Center, Inc. are based in Santa Clara, Calif.  More information is available at http://www.advantest.com/

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