Leading semiconductor equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE:6857, NYSE:ATE) has had the honor of being named AMTC's Best Supplier for 2014. This award recognizes the excellent performance that Advantest's Mask MVM-SEM(3D-CDSEM) tools deliver and the close relationship the two companies maintain in their on-going partnership. The award is based on performance in three critical areas: purchasing; technical capabilities; and process support. Of the 11 suppliers included in the survey, Advantest took the top ranking across the board. A key element of Advantest's success is the company's close collaboration with AMTC, which ensures that needs are continually aligned and addressed for future products.

"With Advantest, we honor a supplier who has worked above and beyond our expectations, demonstrating their commitment to our success" said Mr. Thomas Schmidt, general manager of ATMC.

Advantest's Mask MVM-SEM tools are utilized to measure patterns on leading-edge ArF and EUV masks for both logic and memory devices. In addition to long-term operational stability, the tools offer very high reliability—essential for high-volume production environments. AMTC also noted that Advantest's field service staff is highly skilled, with a passion for satisfying customer requirements. Their support enables swift ramps of customer manufacturing processes.

"This award further demonstrates that Advantest not only offers high quality products, but has a dedicated global team that works tirelessly to ensure that we deliver the best to our customers," said Josef Schraetzenstaller, managing director and CEO of Advantest Europe GmbH.

About AMTC

The Advanced Mask Technology Center GmbH & Co. KG (AMTC) is an equally owned joint venture of GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Toppan Photomasks, Inc. AMTC is a world-leading center for the development and production of advanced photolithographic masks. More information is available at www.amtc-dresden.com.

About Advantest

A world-class technology company, Advantest is a 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. Its 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 introduced multi-vision metrology scanning electron microscopes essential to photomask manufacturing, as well as a groundbreaking 3D imaging and analysis tool. 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.de.

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