Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE), the world's leading provider of semiconductor test solutions, announces its sponsorship of the GSA Awards Dinner Celebration to be held on Thursday, December 9 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. This premier annual event recognizes individuals and companies that have demonstrated excellence through their vision, strategy and execution, and honors achievements in several categories ranging from outstanding leadership to financial accomplishments. At the dinner, industry veteran Dr. John Hennessy, president of Stanford University will receive the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award in recognition of his contributions to the semiconductor industry.

Supporting the evening's theme of “Pursuing Ingenuity: A Journey of Visionaries,” will be keynote speaker Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage of Wall Street, Moneyball, and most recently, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Lewis is considered an astute observer of politics, finance and the American scene, combining keen insight with his signature wit, making him one of today's leading social commentators. Mr. Lewis is also a regular contributor to The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Slate and Bloomberg.

“Advantest is proud to be a continuing sponsor of GSA’s annual Awards Dinner and an on-going member of the Global Semiconductor Alliance,” commented R. Keith Lee, president and CEO of Advantest America, Inc. “GSA plays a significant role in the semiconductor industry, fostering innovation through collaboration throughout the value chain. We applaud GSA on the selection of Dr. Hennessy for its annual award, and congratulate all those receiving recognition at the event,” he continued.

About GSA

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) mission is to accelerate the growth and increase the return on invested capital of the global semiconductor industry by fostering a more effective fabless ecosystem through collaboration, integration and innovation. It addresses the challenges within the supply chain including IP, EDA/design, wafer manufacturing, test and packaging to enable industry-wide solutions. Providing a platform for meaningful global collaboration, the Alliance identifies and articulates market opportunities, encourages and supports entrepreneurship, and provides members with comprehensive and unique market intelligence. Members include companies throughout the supply chain representing 25 countries across the globe. www.gsaglobal.org

About Advantest

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, It’s 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 critical dimension scanning electron microscopes essential to photomask manufacturing, and a 3D imaging analysis tool to the transportation industry. 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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