Agilent Technologies, ACCRETECH, Cascade Microtech and Micronics Japan provide new semiconductor process test solutions

12/6/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced two new CV (capacitance - voltage) semiconductor process test solutions, developed in cooperation with ACCRETECH, Cascade Microtech Inc. and Micronics Japan. Targeted for next-generation applications, the CV test solutions enable users to optimize the process development and integration of semiconductor wafers, which ultimately enables semiconductor manufacturers to increase test throughput, lower production costs, reduce time to market and improve yield for CMOS devices.

The Agilent HF-CV and CV Probing parametric test solutions are complete, integrated products for HF-CV (High Frequency-CV) measurement of ultra-thin gate dielectrics, previously difficult to measure accurately due to leakage current. The Agilent HF-CV solution, designed for the Agilent 4070 Parametric Series, incorporates the core technology of the Agilent 4294A Precision Impedance Analyzer. The CV Probing Solution utilizes the Agilent 4294A Precision Impedance Analyzer and the Agilent 42941A Impedance Probe. The two solutions will cover either high-volume or low-volume testing needs.

Using an innovative method, the new CV test solutions give users the ability to measure ultra-thin gate dielectrics, thinner than 100 nm (nanometer), at up to 110 MHz for low- and high-volume measurement using fully automated, semi-automated or a manual measurement system.

The new Agilent HF-CV solution for the Agilent 4070 Series, integrates the UF300A wafer prober made by ACCRETECH, a dedicated probe card made by Micronics Japan and the Agilent 4294A Precision Impedance Analyzer and the Agilent 42941A Impedance Probe for high-volume measurements. Using the UF300A, the HF-CV solution provides the capability for automated calibration down to the probe needle tip.

The new manual or semi-automated Agilent CV Probing Solution, which is optimized for low-volume measurement, integrates the Cascade Air Coplanar Probe (ACP) and the S300 Characterization Probing System made by Cascade Microtech; and the Agilent 4294A Precision Impedance Analyzer and the Agilent 42941A Impedance Probe.

"These new solutions reinforce Agilent's commitment to provide our customers with two comprehensive parametric test solutions," said Kazu Nishitsuru, business alignment manager of Agilent's Hachioji Semiconductor Test Division. "We look forward to continuing our joint work with our partners to provide complete solutions that improve quality, reduce time to market, and meet all our customers' testing needs."

Agilent Technologies will introduce the Agilent CV parametric test solutions at SEMICON Japan, Chiba, Japan, at booth no. 9-A703.

ACCRETECH (Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd.) is a leading manufacturer of wafer probing machine. In cooperation with its affiliated company, Accretech Micro Technologies Co., Ltd., ACCRETECH moved into the optical wafer inspection business in 2000 and has been expanding its business activities rapidly. ACCRETECH has also a variety of production lineup for Semiconductor manufacturing such as Wafer Dicing Machine, CMP, Back Grinding Machine and others. The strength of ACCRETECH lies in their motto of "WIN- WIN RELATIONSHIPS CREATE THE WORLD'S No.1 PRODUCTS" including the strategic alliances to develop the competitive product within a short period. For more information about ACCRETECH, please visit

About Cascade Microtech, Inc.
Cascade Microtech, Inc. is the worldwide leader in providing high frequency and parametric on-wafer test solutions. Engineers use our solutions to test and characterize integrated circuits (ICs) and photonic devices. These devices are then used in semiconductor applications, such as personal computers, servers, cell phones, consumer and automotive electronics, fiber optics, PDAs, and other wireless products. Cascade Microtech also produces thin-film probe cards for production-level on-wafer testing of fine pitch, high-speed IC devices for broadband communications and networking, wireless and cell phones as well as other market applications. For more information visit

About Micronics Japan
Micronics Japan Co., LTD.(MJC) is the worldwide leader in supply of Probe Cards, LCD Probers & TEST contactors for domestic and worldwide markets. We have received high praises from our customers for the reliability of our products and the quality of our service. Information about Micronics (MJC) is available on the Web at

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 36,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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