Region's Semiconductor Test Engineers to Train and Develop Professional Skills on Advantest's Industry-leading Test Solutions
TOKYO, Japan – September 16, 2015 – Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation's (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE) subsidiary Advantest (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., outsourced semiconductor assembly and test (OSAT) foundry Fabtronic Sdn Bhd and Malaysia's Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) have entered a strategic partnership to enhance the test-development and product-characterization skills of IC test engineers by establishing a laboratory and professional training center in Malaysia's Northern Corridor Economic Region (NCER). The partner organizations expect the program to help reduce development costs and improve time to market for semiconductor devices made in Malaysia.
The three organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly launch a shared-services test laboratory and skills development training program at the Northern Corridor Technology Development Center (NTDC), located in Phase 4 of the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone in Penang, Malaysia. The new lab and training program will be run by Fabtronic, which has equipped the facility with a V93000 Smart Scale™ test platform from Advantest. This scalable system is designed to support both engineering and high-volume manufacturing applications.
「We enthusiastically support this cooperative venture to grow Malaysia's high-tech ecosystem, expand its skilled labor force and improve product-development efficiencies,」 said Paul Lau, managing director and CEO of Advantest (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. 「Advantest is proud to be a founding member of this three-pronged coalition of private-sector and government groups helping to bring the first shared-services test lab to Southeast Asia.」
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