TOKYO, Sept. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation’s (TSE: 6857) VOICE 2018 Developer Conference blended history with new highs. The annual industry gathering returned to its host cities from 2016 – San Diego, CA on May 15-16 and Hsinchu, Taiwan on May 23 – and set new records with 177 submitted abstracts representing contributions from 13 countries. In addition to more than 90 technical presentations, VOICE 2018 featured informative Partners’ Expos, highly rated keynote speakers, 25 interactive technology kiosks and multiple networking opportunities. Of the 565 people at this year’s events, Advantest’s customers and partners accounted for more than 60 percent of attendees.

The San Diego event had 276 registered attendees, the most of any U.S. VOICE conference, and included 66 technical presentations while the Taiwan conference featured 25 papers. More than 50 percent of all papers across both locations were either written or co-authored by customers from 27 companies. The papers were reviewed by a technical committee that included 30 Advantest customers from 14 companies.

VOICE is made possible by the organizational work of a Steering Committee, comprised of volunteer representatives from Advantest and its global customer base, and the support of event sponsors, which included 24 companies, four of them new to VOICE. Organizations including SEMI, Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), VLSIresearch, IC Insights and IHS also supported VOICE 2018 and were recognized at the event.

Best Paper and Best Kiosk AwardsWith expanded in-app voting capabilities, attendees selected the best technical presentations and, for the first time, the best technology kiosk. At the U.S. event, Jonvyn Wongso from Microchip won in the best presentation category for his paper on “V93000 Port Scale RF with CTH: 16-Site RF Testing of ZigBee Devices for an IoT Application.” Ira Leventhal of Advantest was recognized for his kiosk highlighting “Cost-Efficient and Smart System-Level Testing for LTE/Cat-M/NB-IoT Devices.”

In Taiwan, Pin Chen from Qualcomm accepted the best presentation award for his paper on “Optimized Probe Tip Life Cycle at Wafer Probing by a New On-Demand Cleaning Methodology.” Advantest’s Kevin Fan won an award for his kiosk on “FVI16: Next-Generation Floating Power VI for the V93000 – An Instrument Introduction.”

To see all of this year’s highlights, visit the VOICE 2018 infographic at https://voice.advantest.com/voice-2018-infographic/.

VOICE 2019VOICE 2019 will take place in the U.S. and Singapore; watch for more details coming soon at https://voice.advantest.com.

About VOICEManaged by a steering committee of volunteer representatives from Advantest and its customers, VOICE is the leading conference for the growing international community of users and strategic partners involved with Advantest’s T2000 and V93000 SoC test platforms as well as Advantest memory testers, handlers and test cell solutions. The conference offers a unique opportunity to take part in making semiconductor testing operations as innovative, efficient and cost-effective as possible. Attendees gain and share valuable insights, build long-lasting relationships and learn what’s new about Advantest test equipment, handlers and applications as well as technology trends that are not related to specific equipment.

About Advantest CorporationA 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.

ADVANTEST CORPORATION3061 Zanker RoadSan Jose, CA 95134, USAJudy DaviesJudy.davies@advantest.com