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Fujitsu and Advantest to Establish Joint Venture to Create Semiconductor Prototypes Using Electron Beam Direct Lithography.



Tokyo, Japan, Sept 15, 2006 - (JCN JCN Japan Corporate News
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 Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited and Advantest Corporation today announced plans to establish a joint venture to create prototype semiconductors by using electron beam A stream of electrons, or electricity, that is directed towards a receiving object. See electron beam imaging and electron beam lithography.  direct lithography lithography (lĭthŏg`rəfē), type of planographic or surface printing. It is distinguished from letterpress (relief) printing and from intaglio printing (in which the design is cut or etched into the plate). *, a technology that combines 65 nanometer One billionth of a meter. Nanometers are used to measure the wavelengths of light. See angstrom and metric system.  (nm) and 45nm semiconductor process technologies with electron beam exposure systems. The companies are currently discussing the terms of a formal contract, targeting November for this year for establishment of the joint venture.

The joint venture will combine leading-edge semiconductor process technology from Fujitsu with electron beam exposure systems developed and manufactured by Advantest, to develop electron beam direct lithography applicable for 65nm and 45nm

process technologies.

Advantest plans to newly develop electron beam exposure systems applicable for 65nm and 45nm process technologies, and supply the systems to the joint venture. The joint venture and Fujitsu plan to collaborate to develop process technologies that are suited for electron beam directlithography. The companies are targeting practical application of electron beam direct lithography on 300 millimeter One thousandth of a meter, or 1/25th of an inch. See metric system.  (mm) wafers wafers

compressed roughage in flat plates useful for feeding to animals in transit.
 for 65nm process technology as a world's first.

Using technologies it develops, in fiscal 2007 the joint venture plans to provide customers with 65nm process prototype services (shuttle services) as a new development environment, and make the environment suitable for 45nm process technologies in the future.

Overview of the Joint Venture (Tentative)
Date of establishment:   November, 2006
Share ratio:             Fujitsu Limited: 55%
                         Advantest Corporation: 45%
Headquarters:            Within Fujitsu's current facilities


*Electron beam direct lithography: A technology in which circuit patterns for semiconductor devices are directly drawn on a wafer, by using a beam formed by accelerating and concentrating electrons.

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About Fujitsu Limited

Fujitsu Limited (TSE See Tokyo Stock Exchange.

TSE

1. See Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE).

2. See Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE).
:6702)is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing computing - computer  and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers' success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated revenues of about 4.8 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. See http://www.fujitsu.com for further information.

About Advantest Corporation

Advantest Corporation (TSE: 6857, NYSE NYSE

See: New York Stock Exchange
: ATE) is the world's leading automatic test equipment supplier to the semiconductor industry, and also produces electronic and optoelectronic instruments and systems. A global company, Advantest has long offered total ATE solutions, and serves the industry in every component of semiconductor testing: tester, handler A software routine that performs a particular task. It often refers to a routine that "handles" an exception of some kind, such as an error, but it can refer to mainstream processes as well. The term is typically used in operating systems and other system software. , mechanical and electrical interfaces, and software. Its logic, memory, mixed-signal and RF testers and device handlers handlers

persons involved in the handling of, for example, circus animals. Includes grooms, milkers, herdsmen, strappers. Used mostly in referring to persons handling animals for show or auction.
 are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. Founded in Tokyo in 1954, Advantest established its first subsidiary in 1982, in the USA, and now has 40 subsidiaries worldwide. Among them, Advantest America, Inc. is based in Santa Clara Santa Clara, city, Cuba
Santa Clara (sän`tä klä`rä), city (1994 est. pop. 217,000), capital of Villa Clara prov., central Cuba.
, CA., and Advantest (Europe) GmBH is based in Munich, Germany. More information is available at

www.advantest.co.jp

Source: Fujitsu LimitedAdvantest Corporation

Contact:
Media Inquiries:

Public and Investor Relations
Fujitsu Limited
Inquiries: http://www.fujitsu.com/global/news/contacts/

Yuichi Kurita and Akira Ono
Corporate Planning Group
Advantest Corporation
Tel:+81-3-3214-7570
E-mail: pr@jp.advantest.com

Customer Inquiries:

Overseas Business Strategy & Planning Dept.
Strategic Business Development Div.
Electronic Systems Business Group
Fujitsu Limited
Tel: +81-3-5322-3347
E-mail: edevice@fujitsu.com

Toshio Edamoto
Customer Support Department
Nanotechnology 1st Business Division
Tel: +81-480-72-6300
E-mail: e-ebdw@jp.advantest.com


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