BUSINESS: New Solution For Dynamic Parametric Test Is First Integrated Product From Advantest And PDF Solutions Partnership

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By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher

TOKYO, Sept. 15, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857) and PDF Solutions Inc. (Nasdaq: PDFS), a leading provider of comprehensive data solutions for the semiconductor ecosystem, have launched their first jointly developed offering since forming a partnership in July 2020. A large integrated device manufacturer is using the new Advantest Cloud Solutions (ACS), Dynamic Parametric Test(DPT) powered with PDF Exensio(r). ACS is a single, highly secure and scalable data platform that allows customers to address the most pressing issues of Smart Manufacturing.

This new solution integrates PDF Solutions’ Exensio(r) portfolio of data analytics with Advantest’s V93000 Parametric Test System. The ACS DPT solution optimizes parametric testing on V 93000 platform with real-time performance, minimal human interaction and low overhead. ACS DPT allows for dynamic adjustment of test flows to increase coverage, improve the characterization and collect more data to support downstream analytics and root-cause identification.

A typical test flow today involves multiple wafers being evaluated with a static program. The gathered data are then stored. While a product engineer analyses the data, the wafers that have been tested are placed in inventory. If any anomalies are discovered, the wafers will need to be re-evaluated with a modified test program. Re-testing questionable wafers may be delayed if necessary parametric test cell are in use. This sequence of events can be lengthy and costly, resulting in a delay in market time and increased testing costs.

DPT streamlines this process by allowing users the ability to determine the condition of a wafer during initial testing. The data collected can be analysed almost immediately, which allows the test process to be refined in real-time. ACS allows for a more efficient approach that eliminates the need to retest and saves product engineers valuable time.

“By integrating PDF Solutions’ Exensio(r) advanced data analytics with our proven V93000 Parametric Test System, we are elevating our customers’ problem-solving capabilities,” said Keith Schaub, VP, Technology and Strategy at Advantest. “We believe ACS DPT will help customers achieve improved product quality, manufacturing yield and cost efficiencies.”

“One of our goals in partnering with Advantest was to broaden the accessibility of advanced analytics and enable highly beneficial systems and solutions through tighter integration with test,” said Kimon Michaels, EVP, Products and Solutions, and a co-founder of PDF Solutions. Exensio’s analytics power is intended to allow ACS DPT significantly reduce a customer’s time-to data and accelerate root cause analysis during testing operations. This will result in significant savings for both time and money .”

. The new ACS DPT product is the first ACS product to optimize IC testing. Customers around the world can now obtain licenses.

About Advantest Corporation

Advantest (TSE: 6857) is the leading manufacturer of automatic test and measurement equipment used in the design and production of semiconductors for applications including 5G communications, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, smart medical devices and more. The company’s cutting-edge products and systems are integrated into some of the most advanced semiconductor production lines around the globe. It also conducts R&D to address new testing challenges. The company produces multi-vision metrology scanning electronic microscopes that are essential for photomask manufacturing. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest is a global company with facilities around the world and an international commitment to sustainable practices and social responsibility. More information is available at http://www.advantest.com.

About PDF Solutions

PDF Solutions (NASDAQ: PDFS) provides comprehensive data solutions designed to empower organizations across the semiconductor ecosystem to improve the yield and quality of their products and operational efficiency for increased profitability. The company’s products and services are used by Fortune 500 companies across the semiconductor ecosystem to achieve smart manufacturing goals by connecting and controlling equipment, collecting data generated during manufacturing and test operations, and performing advanced analytics and machine learning to enable profitable, high-volume manufacturing. Founded in 1991, PDF Solutions is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia. For the latest news and information about PDF Solutions or to find office locations, visit https://www.pdf.com/.

Exensio, PDF Solutions, and the PDF Solutions logo may be trademarks or registered trademarks owned by PDF Solutions, Inc.


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