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Form 10-Q for TERADYNE, INC


Quarterly Report

Item 2: Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q which are not historical facts, so called "forward looking statements," are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Investors are cautioned that all forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. See also Part II, Item 1A of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements which reflect management's analysis only as of the date hereof. We assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or changes in factors or assumptions affecting forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.


We are a leading global supplier of automatic test equipment. We design, develop, manufacture, and sell automatic test systems and solutions used to test complex electronics in the consumer electronics, automotive, computing, telecommunications, wireless, and aerospace and defense industries. Our automatic test equipment products and services include:

semiconductor test ("Semiconductor Test") systems,

military/aerospace ("Mil/Aero") test instrumentation and systems, storage test ("Storage Test") systems, and circuit-board test and inspection ("Commercial Board Test") systems (collectively these products represent "Systems Test Group"), and

wireless test ("Wireless Test") systems.

We have a broad customer base which includes integrated device manufacturers ("IDMs"), outsourced semiconductor assembly and test providers ("OSATs"), wafer foundries, fabless companies that design, but contract with others for the manufacture of integrated circuits ("ICs"), developers of wireless devices and consumer electronics, manufacturers of circuit boards, automotive suppliers, wireless product manufacturers, storage device manufacturers, aerospace and military contractors as well as the United States Department of Defense.

The sales of our products and services are dependent, to a large degree, on customers who are subject to fluctuating and seasonal demand for their products. This market dynamic has had, and will continue to have, a significant effect on our business since our customers often delay or accelerate purchases in reaction to changes in their businesses and to demand fluctuations in the semiconductor and electronics industries.

We believe our acquisitions of Nextest, Eagle Test and LitePoint, and our entry into the storage test market have enhanced our opportunities for growth. We will continue to invest in our businesses to expand further our addressable markets while tightly managing our costs.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

We have identified the policies which are critical to understanding our business and our results of operations. Except as noted below, there have been no significant changes during the nine months ended September 30, 2012 to the items disclosed as our critical accounting policies and estimates in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

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Effective January 1, 2012, we changed the method of recognizing actuarial gains and losses for our defined benefit pension plans and postretirement benefit plan and calculating the expected return on plan assets for our defined benefit pension plans. Historically, we recognized net actuarial gains and losses in accumulated other comprehensive income within shareholders' equity on our consolidated balance sheets on an annual basis and amortized them into operating results over the average remaining years of service of the plan participants, to the extent such gains and losses were outside of a range ("corridor"). We have elected to immediately recognize net actuarial gains and losses and the change in the fair value of the plan assets in our operating results in the year in which they occur or upon any interim remeasurement of the plans. In addition, we used to calculate the expected return on plan assets using a calculated market-related value of plan assets. We have also elected to calculate the expected return on plan assets using the fair value of the plan assets.

We believe that this new method is preferable as it eliminates the delay in recognizing gains and losses in our operating results and it will improve the transparency by faster recognition of the effects of economic and interest rate trends on plan obligations and investments. These actuarial gains and losses are generally measured annually as of December 31 and, accordingly, will be recorded during the fourth quarter of each year or upon any interim remeasurement of the plans. In accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 250, Accounting Changes and Error Corrections, all prior periods presented in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q have been adjusted to apply the new accounting method retrospectively. This accounting change did not impact the financial position of the reportable segments.

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