Chip Nexus Launches the Test Capacity Advisory Board

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The Test Capacity Advisory Board, comprised of leaders from the semiconductor test community, was formed to help establish the future of test capacity management.

We are pleased to see the immediate interest from so many thought leaders in semiconductor test

Chip Nexus is pleased to announce their formation and sponsorship of the Test Capacity Advisory Board (TCAB). The purpose of the TCAB is to raise an awareness of the key issues with semiconductor test capacity management by tapping into the valuable insight and experience of the leaders in the test community.

The TCAB membership is comprised of senior executives from all three firm types in the semiconductor test community: test specifiers, test providers, and test equipment suppliers. The breadth and depth of the TCAB membership provide a comprehensive view of the trends and challenges of semiconductor test capacity management.

"We are pleased to see the immediate interest from so many thought leaders in semiconductor test," said Dan Hamling, Chip Nexus CEO and founder. "These executives recognize that several trends related to semiconductor test are converging to intensify the need for innovative and focused test capacity management solutions. They are taking action to discover these solutions."

"Companies have been addressing in an ad hoc manner the unique challenges of test capacity management for a long time now," said Mark Byars, U.S. Group Sales Manager at leading test equipment supplier Advantest and TCAB member. "The TCAB will help launch a new era of collaborative efforts and solutions necessary to boost the economic profits for all firms in the semiconductor test value chain."

Current TCAB member companies include (in alphabetical order): Advantest, Carsem, Cirrus Logic, Exar, GE Capital Solutions, Infineon, Inphi, Open-Silicon, Oxford Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Team A.T.E., and Texas Instruments. Other leaders in the semiconductor test arena that would like to share their test capacity management experience and insight with the TCAB can apply at http://www.testcapacity.org.

About Chip Nexus
Chip Nexus is a software development company serving the semiconductor industry. They specialize in web services that optimize the specification, planning, matching, and trading of semiconductor test capacity. The users of the services are from all firm types in the semiconductor test community: test specifiers, test providers, and test equipment suppliers. Chip Nexus web services will benefit the fabless specifier and their SATS providers, as well as the integrated device manufacturer (IDM) - who is both the specifier and provider. The company is headquartered in San Diego, CA. More information is available at http://www.chipnexus.com.

About Advantest
Advantest Corporation is the world's leading automatic test equipment supplier to the semiconductor industry, and also produces electronic and optoelectronic instruments and systems. A global company, Advantest has long offered total ATE solutions, and serves the industry in every component of semiconductor test: tester, handler, mechanical and electrical interfaces, and software. Its logic, memory, mixed-signal and RF testers and device handlers are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest established its first subsidiary in 1982, in the USA, and now has 43 subsidiaries worldwide. Among them, Advantest America, Inc. is based in Santa Clara, CA, and Advantest (Europe) GmbH is based in Munich, Germany. More information is available at http://www.advantest.com.

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