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Advantest and TSSI Announce New, Robust Pattern Conversion Software for Cloud-Based Semiconductor Testing

New TesterBridge Software Product is Being Demonstrated This Week at International Test Conference in Phoenix

PHOENIX, Arizona – October 30, 2018 – Test Systems Strategies, Inc. (TSSI), the worldwide leader in design-to-test pattern conversion, simulation and validation tools, and Advantest Cloud Testing Service (CTS), developer of the semiconductor industry's first on-demand testing service, today jointly announced a new software module to convert electronic design automation (EDA) formats (e.g., VCD, EVCD, WGL, STIL) to the Advantest CTS CX1000 platform.

As the pioneer in leveraging advances in cloud computing for the semiconductor industry, Advantest CTS has changed the concept of ownership from physical possession of an asset to a licensing agreement, with the asset itself residing in the cloud. This concept works well for low-cost entries such as startup design houses, university labs and research institutes, but also is scalable to enterprise-strength semiconductor testing methodologies.

Advantest CTS selected TSSI, the longest operating design-to-test tool vendor in the semiconductor industry, to provide the robust pattern translation tools to convert large volumes of design data into the format used by the CX1000 system. The new TSSI CX1000 TesterBridge software is modular, runs on either the Linux or Windows operation system and has the same licensing model as the Advantest CTS tester.

"TSSI has been at the forefront of vector translation methodology, focused on thoroughly understanding device behavior for accurate representation in the tester format," said Hau Lam, chief executive officer of TSSI. "TSSI's own low-cost monthly licensing model aligns well with Advantest CTS' leasing concept, eliminating the need for expensive capital equipment in bringing up a new device."

"Advantest and TSSI are natural partners because of the synergy between the two companies' business models," said Koichi Tsukui, managing executive officer of CTS at Advantest Corporation. "Each of our products offers ease of use, modular design and low cost. In addition, the deployment process is the best fit for our Advantest CTS semiconductor test environment, which is tightly linked with our T2000 and V93000 mass-production test platforms."

TSSI is demonstrating the new TSSI CX1000 TesterBridge this week in booth #420 at the 2018 International Test Conference at the Phoenix (Arizona) Convention Center.

About TSSI

Test Systems Strategies Inc. (TSSI) is a leader in electronic design-to-test automation software solutions, headquartered in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1979, TSSI commands the largest installed base in the vector translation and pattern validation markets. The company provides innovative products and premier services for converting functional and structural simulation data from EDA (electronic design automation) output formats to ATE (automatic test equipment) program files. Its pattern validation technologies offer design and test teams time and cost savings in pre- and post-silicon test program verification, debugging and failure analysis.

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 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.