Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE), the world’s leading supplier of semiconductor test equipment, today announced that it has earned the industry’s top rating for its material handling products in VLSIresearch THE BEST list for customer satisfaction. The rankings are based on feedback representing 95 percent of the world’s chip producers—Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDMs), Fabless and Outsourced Assembly and Test (OSAT) companies.

Customers of Advantest’s highly-reliable, high-performance handlers, which include the best-selling M4841 SoC test handler and the M6242 memory test handler, named it the #1 handler company in the industry, awarding it the highest ratings in eight performance categories including, software, process support, field engineering, spares support, support after sales, commitment, trust in suppliers, and partnering.

In this annual survey, Advantest also ranked among the industry’s THE BEST Test Equipment companies, where it earned high marks for trust, quality of results, and uptime.

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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

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