Leading semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest Corporation's (TSE: 6857) VOICE 2017 Developer Conference this past May marked the event entering its second decade with 113 technical breakout sessions, two Partners' Expos, 29 technology kiosks and multiple networking opportunities for members of the semiconductor test industry.
This year's 11th edition featured dual sessions on May 16-17 in Palm Springs, Calif., and on May 26 in Shanghai, China, where the event had been held once before. Altogether, more than 450 people attended the events, over half of whom represented Advantest customers and partners.
At the US event, there were 88 technical presentations while the China conference had 25 papers. Forty-five% of the papers in Palm Springs and 60% in Shanghai were either written or co-authored by customers. In total, VOICE 2017 featured technical papers from 22 companies representing 12 countries. The papers were reviewed by a technical committee that included 41 Advantest customers from 19 companies.
VOICE is made possible by the organizational work of a Steering Committee, made up of volunteer representatives from Advantest and its customers, and the support of event sponsors, which reached a new high of 25 companies this year including 10 new sponsors. Industry organizations including SEMI, the Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA), VLSIresearch, IC Insights and IHS also returned to support VOICE in 2017.
Best paper awards
At each VOICE conference, attendees vote to select the best technical presentations. This year, VOICE went paperless with all voting and feedback done with the mobile app. At the US event, Edwin Lowery, Shiyang Deng and Aether Lee, all from Advantest, won for their paper on "Instrument Synchronization in SmarTest 8: RF to MX to DC to Digital." In China, Zhaoyang Wang of NXP and co-authors Lydia Jiang, Kai Kang, Qiannan Ren and Peng Wang from Advantest were recognized for their presentation on "Testing Automotive Airbag System Devices on the V93000."
VOICE 2018 will take place in the US and Taiwan; watch for more details coming soon at https://voice.advantest.com.
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