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Optimal+ Turns 10, Wins Accolades For Its Work

Friday, July 17th, 2015

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By Jeff Dorsch, Contributing Editor

Optimal+ has been in business since 2005. The Israel-based company, which has offices around the world, has something else to celebrate this year: Frost & Sullivan gave Optimal+ its 2015 Global Semiconductor Test Visionary Innovation Leadership Award.

“Frost & Sullivan firmly believes that Optimal+ is the epitome of visionary innovation as it relates to Big Data analytics for the semiconductor industry,” the management consulting and market research firm said. It cited Optimal+’s ability to offer customers a high return on investment, along with improvements in quality and yield, among other attributes.

Optimal+ last year changed its name from OptimalTest, saying it had expanded beyond semiconductor test operations to supply chain management and visibility, product planning, and Big Data analytics.

“The name Optimal+ is more representative of our business and focus moving forward,” founder and CEO Dan Glotter said in a statement.

Kenneth Levy, the chairman emeritus of KLA-Tencor and founder of KLA Instruments, serves as chairman of the Optimal+ board. The company’s investors include Aviv Ventures, Carmel Ventures, Evergreen Venture Partners, and Pitango Venture Capital.

Optimal+ has Advanced Micro Devices and Broadcom among its customers, and it has worked with a wide variety of fabless semiconductor companies, integrated device manufacturers, and outsourced semiconductor assembly and test firms.

“Everything we do is predicated on ROI,” says David Park, the company’s vice president of worldwide marketing. Optimal+ has processed and approved more than 20 billion chips in its decade-long history, and it says its software and services are checking out 15 billion chips a year now.

Park says the company can deliver up to 2 percent greater yield and up to 3 percent improvement in product yield recovery based solely on test, while also increasing operational efficiency and productivity improvements by up to 20 percent. Optimal+ is additionally all about test-time reduction, he adds.

Optimal+ last month rolled out Release 6.0 of its Semiconductor Operations Platform with a new feature, Extreme Analytics and Characterization, or EXACT. It also announced the selection of the HP Vertica Analytics Platform to help its customers with business intelligence and analytics.

For Optimal+, the company’s product and services portfolio is all about providing “Manufacturing Intelligence,” Park notes.


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