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December 2018


Parallelism Reduces Cost of Test for IoT, 4G, 5G, and Beyond

The proliferation of the Internet of Things and the move from 4G to 5G is bringing about pressing test problems. The challenges will increase as billions of IoT devices incorporate GPS, Bluetooth, WLAN, NB-IoT, LTE-A, LTE-M, and other connectivity technologies and as smartphones begin connecting with 5G networks.
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Adaptable, Modular Platforms are Key to Future-Focused Test

The electronics industry evolves continually, introducing potentially disruptive technologies and driving new applications at a pace that requires companies to respond quickly and nimbly. Being able to recognize trends early on and provide solutions that can adapt to meet emerging demands is key to remaining competitive.
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Q&A with Ira Leventhal, VP New Concept Product Initiative — How the Latest Deep Learning Advancements Will Fuel the Next Semiconductor Industry Revolution

This issue, we delve into a subject of growing interest in the test world and beyond: artificial intelligence. Our Q&A interviewee is Ira Leventhal, Vice President of Advantest America’s New Concept Product Initiative, a position he has held since June 2017. Ira has over 25 years of ATE industry experience, with Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, Verigy, and Advantest.
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The Duality of Machine Learning

The term “binary,” with which we in the semiconductor industry are quite familiar, refers to more than the 1s and 0s found in binary code. It implies a balance, a duality that is present throughout the industry. This duality is found in our human makeup, as well. We use both intellect and feeling in living our lives, as we identify challenges and determine solutions.
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In Vivo Skin Imaging Technology Developed to Aid in Early Diagnosis

Advantest has developed a non-invasive method to achieve real-time 3D imaging of the vascular network and blood condition (oxygen saturation) of the living body, using a photoacoustic method to detect ultrasonic waves generated by laser irradiation. This method may be used for early diagnosis and monitoring of physical functions related to beauty and health.
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New Solution for System-Level Testing of Advanced, High-Speed Semiconductor Memories for Mobile Applications

Advantest unveiled its new T5851 STM16G memory tester for evaluating high-speed protocol NAND flash memories including UFS3.0 universal flash storage and PCIe Gen 4 NVMe solid-state drives (SSD), both of which are expected to be in high demand for the LTE 5G communications market.
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High-Resolution Audio Requires Advanced Measurement Capabilities

Smartphones supporting High-Resolution (Hi-Res) Audio are growing more widely available, enabling consumers to experience high sound quality when streaming music, movies or other content. To accommodate High-Res Audio, these devices integrate an increased number of power management ICs (PMICs) equipped with digital-to-analog converters (DAC), which require high dynamic range testing with 24-bit resolution.
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VOICE 2019 Discounted Registration Available Through March 8

The Advantest VOICE 2019 Developer Conference will be held in two new locations – Scottsdale, Arizona on May 14-15 and Singapore on May 23 – under the unifying theme “Measure the Connected World and Everything in It ℠”. Online registration opens soon with a 20-percent discount offered for the Scottsdale event through March 8. As in past years, the focus of VOICE will continue to be the learning and networking opportunities offered through technical sessions, kiosk showcases, keynote speeches, the partners’ exposition and social events.
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Advantest to Exhibit Wide Range of Semiconductor Test Solutions Enabling 5G Connectivity at SEMICON Japan

Advantest Corporation will feature more than a dozen of its advanced test solutions that enable 5G connectivity for such diverse applications as mobile electronics, medical devices, automotive systems, retail business and big data at SEMICON Japan 2018 on December 12-14 at Tokyo Big Sight.
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Please plan to visit or join Advantest at these upcoming events:

Tokyo, Japan, December 12-14

Mobile World Congress
Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28, 2019

Shanghai, China, March 20-22, 2019


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