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Who's Next in the ATE Shakeout?

Will this year be known as the year of the, "ATE Shakeout?"  Here's an article discussing rumors that Japan's Yokogawa Electric Corp. may put its semiconductor ATE business on the block.

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Semicon ATE insights

Semiconductor International has a nice overview of the Semicon keynote speeches from such industry luminaries as Verigy's Debbora Ahlgren and LogicVisions Steve Pateras.  Let me paraphrase, "Chips are getting really, really hard to test.  Gobs of information must be gathered from devices to ramp yield quickly.  BIST is the knight on a white horse which can save everyone rear ends."

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Credence/LTX - Buyout or Sellout?

From tiny acquisitions to massive conglomerate combinations, Wall Street's urge to merge remains strong. Some of these deals might generate sought-after synergy, but others could create what Peter Lynch called "diworsification" -- weakening a business' core competency by grafting on wildly unrelated subsidiaries. How can we tell the good deals from the dealbreakers?

note: I think we'll have to decide what the LTX's David Tacelli decides to do with the many product lines.  Should be interesting!

Teradyne Introduces Five New Products in Five Months

Teradyne (aka, "Company with worst marketing buzz line 'Because Testing Matters') has introduced five new products in the past five months, offering its customers solutions to lower cost of test while increasing their flexibility to test current and emerging SOC and memory technology. All the new products are already in production with customers.

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Advantest leads industry in 'uptime'

Hm, I wonder what they're up to?  :-)

According to VLSI Research feedback from customers SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE: ATE), the world's leading supplier of semiconductor test equipment, announces that users of its test and material handling systems have ranked it among the industry's 10 BEST large semiconductor equipment suppliers in the annual customer satisfaction survey conducted by VLSI Research Inc. Rankings are based on direct customer feedback representing 95 percent of the world's chip producers. Advantest is the only ATE manufacturer to place among the top three large suppliers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment. Within this grouping, Advantest led the industry with the highest rating in the category of "Uptime."

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Credence & LTX to merge "as equals"

"A Merger of Equals" - yeah, and I'm Santa Claus...

Credence Systems and LTX have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine the two companies in a tax-free, all-stock “merger of equals.”

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Keep your Test Eng job -- Solar Power is, "A Loser!"

UC Prof report slams current solar power solutions.

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