CUPERTINO, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 19, 2012) - Semiconductor test equipment supplier Verigy, an Advantest Group company (TSE: 6857) (NYSE: ATE), will feature a keynote presentation at VOICE 2012 by Mitch Ditkoff, an author, blogger and management consultant. A frequent keynote and large group workshop facilitator, Ditkoff has been an adjunct faculty member for several esteemed leadership development programs, including GE's Crotonville Management Development Center and Duke Corporate Education. Ditkoff has worked with a wide variety of Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies that have realized the need to do something different in order to succeed in today's rapidly changing marketplace. In 2010, he was voted as the #1 innovation blogger in the world, and Ditkoff's widely read blog, The Heart of Innovation, is a daily destination for a global audience of "movers and shakers."

Ditkoff's keynote, titled "Catalyzing the Creative Mind," will kick off the VOICE user's group and partner's conference, scheduled for April 24-25 in San Jose, California. Ditkoff's keynote will touch on ways to activate, accelerate, and apply innate creativity on the job to be better able to solve old problems in new ways, to be more productive, to go beyond old assumptions and generate powerful new ideas to grow business. Ditkoff's engaging, interactive presentation is designed to inspire, build awareness, spark creativity, generate ideas and teach powerful techniques that can be applied on the job.

"This year's keynote brings the VOICE 2012 theme -- Imagination, Inspiration, Innovation -- alive with ideas of how to tap into timeless principles and guidelines that will stimulate out-of-the-box thinking," said Freescale's Gabriel Tellechea, chairperson of the VOICE 2012 program committee. "VOICE's rich technical program, combined with this insightful presentation, will deliver an informative and stimulating event for our attendees."

In addition to the keynote address, VOICE 2012 will feature technical presentations by customers, strategic partners and in-house experts; a robust kiosk program staffed by product experts; and a one-day, hands-on workshop for test engineers. For complete program details, visit

This year's conference is expected to attract more than 300 test engineering and management professionals from more than 50 companies around the world, including foundries, fabless semiconductor companies and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) as well as strategic partners of Advantest and Verigy.

About VOICE 2012
Managed by a steering committee of volunteer representatives from Advantest and Verigy as well as the companies' respective customers, VOICE is the leading conference for the growing international community of Advantest and Verigy customers and partners. It offers a unique opportunity to make users' semiconductor testing operations as effective as possible. Attendees gain and share valuable insights, build long-lasting relationships and learn what's new about Advantest and Verigy products and applications. Registration will be $400 on-line and $450 at the door. Interested attendees may register for VOICE 2012 at

About Advantest Corporation
A world-class technology company, Advantest is the leading producer of automatic test equipment (ATE) for the semiconductor industry and a premier manufacturer of measuring instruments used in the design and production of electronic instruments and systems. Its leading-edge systems and products are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. The company also focuses on R&D for emerging markets that benefit from advancements in nanotech and terahertz technologies, and has recently introduced critical dimension scanning electron microscopes essential to photomask manufacturing, as well as a groundbreaking 3D imaging and analysis tool. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest established its first subsidiary in 1982, in the USA, and now has subsidiaries worldwide. More information is available at Interested attendees may register for VOICE 2012 at

About Verigy, an Advantest Group Company
Verigy provides advanced semiconductor test systems and solutions used by leading companies worldwide in design validation, characterization, and high-volume manufacturing test. Verigy offers scalable platforms for a wide range of system-on-chip (SOC) test solutions, and memory test solutions for Flash, DRAM including high-speed memories, as well as multi-chip packages (MCP). Verigy also provides advanced analysis tools that accelerate design debug and yield ramp processes. Additional information about Verigy, an Advantest Group company, can be found at Information about Advantest can be found at

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