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Aehr Test Systems (AEHR) Message Board

  • frankietalker frankietalker Aug 13, 2008 7:10 PM Flag

    Nextest Systems

    Teradyne has recently spent $280 million on the acquisition of Nextest Systems, a key player in the flash memory ATE market.

    Appearently Aehr and Nextest have similar products, to test flash / memory. What made Teradyne spend $280 million on the acquisition of Nextest Systems, while it could acquire Aehr for 1/5 of the cost?

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    • With TER having a market cap of over $1.5b, you would assume they could have afforded either Nextest or AEHR, so the Nextest product mix must have provided a more complete line up with the Teradyne products.

      It's interesting that Yahoo lists ATE (Advantest) as a direct competitor to both AEHR and Teradyne (TER), but doesn't list TER as a direct competitor to AEHR. I seem to recall during one of the conference calls that AEHR said they didn't think Nextest was a direct competitor.

      From the 2007 AEHR 10-K, these are the primary competitors listed in various product lines at AEHR:

      MTX Competition:
      Competing suppliers of burn-in and functional test systems include Advantest Corporation and Dong-Il Corporation.

      FOX full wafer contact system competition:
      Competing suppliers of full wafer contact systems include Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and Delta V Instruments, Incorporated.

      DiePak Competitors
      Competing suppliers of DiePak products include Yamaichi Electronics Co., Ltd.

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