Advantest acquires Italian power semiconductor test house CREA

Advantest acquires Italian power semiconductor test house CREA

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By Nick Flaherty

Advantest in Japan has acquired Italian power test equipment maker Collaudi Elettronici Automatizzati S.r.l. (CREA) for an undisclosed sum.

CREA is a major supplier of power semiconductor test equipment with many years of  experience in the development and production of test equipment for power semiconductors, including the latest SiC / GaN semiconductors. Advantest will integrate the CREA products into its lineup alongside testers analog, mixed signal test systems.

Manufacturers are accelerating the development of next-generation silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) power devices, which have superior power characteristics, while power semiconductors are also increasingly being integrated into other devices. The power device market is expected to grow significantly in the future.

This acquisition will enable Advantest to provide broader test and measurement solutions to a wider range of customers in high-growth sectors.

“The acquisition of CREA will expand our test and measurement solutions within the evolving semiconductor value chain to meet a wider range of customer needs,” said Yoshiaki Yoshida , CDEO and president of Advantest. “By integrating CREA’s product lineup, development capabilities, excellent customer base, and world-class R&D team into the Advantest Group, we can enrich our portfolio of power semiconductor test solutions. I am also confident that as the power device market is expected to grow in the future, this acquisition will contribute directly to our and our customers’ efforts to help achieve Net Zero.”

CREA is headquartered in Ciriè close to Torino, Italy and will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advantest Europe GmbH, the Company’s European subsidiary. The closing of the transaction depends on regulatory approvals.

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