SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Japan's Advantest Corp. broke out of the pack and established itself as the undisputed largest supplier of automatic test equipment (ATE) in 2003, according to a report from VLSI Research Inc. on Wednesday (April 28).
In total, the ATE market grew by more than 45 percent last year, from $2.287 billion in 2003, to $3.308 billion in 2004, according to the Santa Clara-based market research firm.
In the ATE arena, citing huge sales for memory testers, Advantest's overall ATE market share grew from 20 percent in 2003, to 30 percent in 2004, according to VLSI Research.
Agilent Technologies Inc. and Teradyne Inc. each had 20 percent market share in 2002. But both companies saw their share drop to 15 percent in 2003, according to the firm.
"Almost half of the ATE market's success can be attributed to the number one supplier, Advantest. This supplier achieved an unprecedented 115 percent sales increase over 2002. Due to the increased demand for DRAM testers in 2003, Advantest was able to increase its sales by half a billion dollars," according to VLSI Research.
"Teradyne, ATE's number two supplier, also had an excellent year. Teradyne recorded a 37 percent sales increase from 2002," according to VLSI Research. "Agilent Technologies, in the number three position for the fifth consecutive year, posted a sales gain of 26 percent from a year ago."