Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE), the world's leading supplier of semiconductor test equipment, will again sponsor the annual GSA Awards Dinner Celebration to be held on Thursday, December 8 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. This premier event recognizes companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence through vision, strategy and execution, and honors specific achievements in categories ranging from outstanding leadership and accomplishments, to overall respect within the industry. At Thursday’s dinner, Dr. Henry Samueli, industry pioneer and co-founder of Broadcom Corporation, will be awarded the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the semiconductor industry.

Supporting the evening's theme of “ Inspiring Innovators to Create a Better Tomorrow,” will be keynote speaker, Michelle Rhee, founder and CEO of StudentsFirst!, an organization dedicated to providing children with skills and knowledge needed to compete in a changing world.

“Advantest has enjoyed a long-term affiliation with the Global Semiconductor Association and is pleased to be a continuing sponsor of the annual GSA Awards Dinner,” commented R. Keith Lee, president and CEO of Advantest America, Inc. “Since its inception in 1994, GSA has played a critical role in the development and growth of the IC industry, fostering partnerships and collaboration around the globe,” he continued. “We extend our congratulations to Dr. Samueli on being named this year’s recipient of the Dr. Morris Chang Exemplary Leadership Award, and applaud all those who will receive recognition at the event.”

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 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 30 countries across the globe.

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

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