SAN JOSE, Calif. Hiroshi Oura, chairman and chief executive of Japan's Advantest Corp., has stepped down from those posts, the company announced on Wednesday (June 29).
Toshio Maruyama, president and chief operating officer of Advantest (Tokyo), has been named chief executive of the automatic test equipment (ATE) giant. He remains president of the company as well.
Shimpei Takeshita, vice chairman, has been named chairman.
In the new organization, Oura was named director and senior executive advisor.
Oura has served as a director of Advantest since 1989, when he joined the company. He had been chairman and CEO since 2001. Oura also served as the president of Advantest from 1989 to 2001.
From 1956 to 1989, Oura worked at Fujitsu Ltd. In his last position, he was managing director at the company.
During Oura's tenure at Advantest, the company matured and took on an overall worldwide leadership position, especially in the memory tester field, where the company's market share now exceeds 60 percent.
Separately, Advantest announced availability of a new memory test system, the T5587. With a maximum parallel test capacity of 512 devices in its two-station configuration, the T5587 offers high throughput on tests of MCP (multi-chip package) memory devices, which are in increasing demand for cellular telephones and other electronic gadgets.