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Advantest

December 01, 2014 03:04 ET

Advantest Announces Newest Handler for Testing Advanced Memory ICs

New M6245 Handler Offers Greater Positioning Accuracy, Throughput and Temperature Control for Higher Test Yields

TOKYO, JAPAN--(Marketwired - Dec 1, 2014) - Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) (NYSE: ATE) has introduced its new M6245 test handler, offering industry-leading productivity with minimal downtime by incorporating the company's latest advances for handling double data rate (DDR) and Flash memory devices.

"By combining improved positioning accuracy, higher throughput and tighter temperature control in a single system, our latest handler enables the most efficient testing of advanced memory ICs," said Hiroki Ikeda, FA (factory automation) division manager of Advantest Corporation.

The M6245 handler incorporates a visual-alignment system that improves test yields by achieving contact accuracy to within 0.3 mm ball pitch. This makes the system capable of handling memories with fine pitches. The highly precise alignment capability also allows faster set-up and calibration, contributing to higher system productivity.

In addition, a new handling design for M6245 ensures maximum throughput while applying visual alignment to support fine-pitch devices. The design also enables the highest possible throughput when using mechanical alignment for current pitch devices.

Productivity is maximized by the new handler's high level of automation. Semiconductor devices are automatically re-tested from initial testing, reducing the workload on operators while helping to ensure the highest possible yield.

Using Advantest's proprietary new thermal technology "dual-fluid design," the temperature of each device under test can be maintained to within ±1ºC throughout the range of -20ºC to 100ºC while temperature accuracy is ±2ºC over the ranges of -40ºC to -20.1ºC and 100.1ºC to 125ºC. This enables highly accurate testing of memory ICs that operate over a wide spectrum of temperatures.

The system also incorporates Advantest's new handler data visualization framework, which enables real-time monitoring of a test cell's status from any internet-enabled connection.

Shipments of the M6245 handler are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of calendar year 2015.

About Advantest Corporation
A world-class technology company, 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. 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 tools. 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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