Advantest is the leading manufacturer of automatic test and measurement equipment used in the design and production of semiconductors for applications that include 5G communications, the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and smart medical devices, among others. Its systems and products are integrated into the most advanced semiconductor production lines in the world. The company also conducts R&D to address emerging testing challenges and applications, produces multi-vision metrology scanning electron microscopes essential to photomask manufacturing, and offers groundbreaking 3D imaging and analysis tools.
It is also a strong proponent of open source. Advantest is reinforcing its commitment to open collaboration and promoting its adoption by joining Open Invention Network (OIN), the largest patent non-aggression community in history.
“The benefits inherent in the cooperatively competitive business model that is harnessed through open collaboration are unmatched. Linux and open source continue to spread to all sectors of the technology landscape. Advantest’s tools enable the creation of the next-generation semiconductors that drive computing and digital devices,” said Keith Bergelt, CEO of Open Invention Network. “By joining OIN, Advantest is doing its part to mitigate global patent risk for open source. We are pleased to see Advantest publicly reinforce its commitment to collaborative innovation and patent non-aggression in open source.”
Open to all, OIN’s community practices patent non-aggression in core Linux and adjacent open source technologies by cross-licensing Linux System patents to one another on a royalty-free basis. Patents owned by Open Invention Network are similarly licensed royalty-free to any organization that agrees not to assert its patents against the Linux System.
“Our stated mission is ‘Enabling Leading-Edge Technologies’ and continuously improving ourselves so that we can offer products and services that satisfy our customers worldwide and contribute to the development of our society through the development of the most advanced technologies. In order to further promote this effort, we believe that the utilization of open source software will be essential. Open source platforms enable the rapid deployment of advanced computing and testing solutions. We recognize the value in shared innovation, a fundamental characteristic of open source communities,” said Koichi Tsukui, Chief Technology Officer at Advantest Corporation. “Our participation in the OIN community demonstrates our commitment to support collaborative technology development and the ongoing success of the open source model.”