Advantest to expand beyond semiconductor test

January 5, 2012 — Haruo Matsuno, president and CEO of Advantest Corporation (TSE:6857, NYSE:ATE) announced the company’s major goals in his New Year’s address to employees and stakeholders.

By fiscal year (FY) 2014, Advantest plans to bring in revenue of 250 billion yen, over 20% operating margin, and have over 50% total market share of semiconductor test systems and test handlers. The $1B acquisition of Verigy in 2011 boosted Advantest’s offering for memory and SoC customers, Matsuno said when the deal was announced. It combined Advantest’s strength in memory semiconductor test systems and mass production lines and Verigy’s strength in non-memory semiconductor test systems and R&D.

"To reach out new targets above and maximize synergies from the Verigy integration, we will spark innovation in all areas," said Matsuno, pointing to a new business model utilizing cloud computing, flexible productions processes, and a global marketing and organizational structure.

Outside of semiconductor test products, Advantest will bring its measurement technologies into scanning electron microscopes (SEM), electron beam (e-beam) lithography, RF measurement devices, MEMS switches, terahertz analysis systems, and healthcare products.

Advantest manufactures electronic measuring instruments, automatic test equipment, and electron beam lithography systems. Learn more at www.advantest.co.jp.

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