7/23/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today announced a new cost-saving parametric test platform, developed in cooperation with ACCRETECH and Cascade Microtech Inc. The Agilent 4070 DC/RF parametric test solution is a complete, integrated test solution for direct current (DC) and radio frequency (RF) testing of RF-CMOS devices used in wireless, consumer electronics, high-speed Internet and other applications.
The new DC/RF parametric test solution provides high signal integrity and a fully automated wafer test environment and enables customers to measure both DC and RF parameters using a single system, thereby reducing test space and time, simplifying data management issues, and improving product yields.
The new solution integrates the Pyramid Probe Card made by Cascade Microtech, the UF300A wafer prober made by ACCRETECH and the Agilent 8720E series network analyzer. Through this collaboration, the DC/RF parametric test solution enables customers to simultaneously measure 100 fA DC and up to 20 GHz RF with an unsurpassed degree of repeatability in a fully automated production environment, which results in increased test throughput and provides more improved yield for the RF-CMOS device.
"The 4070 DC/RF is another example of Agilent's commitment to provide our customers with a complete parametric test solution, while continuing to lower the overall cost of test," said Kazu Nishitsuru, business alignment manager of Agilent's Hachioji Semiconductor Test Division. "We are proud to be working with ACCRETECH and Cascade Microtech to provide this advanced test solution to our customers."
In addition, the DC/RF parametric test solution also provides a fully automated on-wafer calibration capability using a Impedance Standard Substrate (ISS) of Cascade Microtech and a special alignment control process for ISS with ACCRETECH's UF300A wafer prober. These processes, including measurement, analysis and calibration, are all executed in the Agilent SPECS test shell environment, thus providing a stable measurement environment and significantly reducing total test time.
Agilent Technologies will exhibit the Agilent 4070 DC/RF parametric test solution at Semicon West, San Francisco, at booth no. 2415. Agilent will demonstrate the fully automated calibration process using ISS on a mirror wafer by using the Agilent 4073A and the ACCRETECH UF300A prober.
ACCRETECH (Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd.) is a leading manufacturer of wafer probing instruments. In cooperation with its affiliated company, TSK Micro Technologies Co., Ltd. (2968-2 Ishikawa-Machi, Hachioji, Tokyo), it moved into the market of optical wafer inspection systems in 2000. Offering the WIN-WIN 50 wafer inspection systems equipped with ultraviolet optics, Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd. has been expanding its business activities rapidly in recent years.
The strength of Tokyo Seimitsu Co., Ltd. lies in their motto of "WIN- WIN RELATIONSHIPS CREATE THE WORLD'S No.1 PRODUCTS" and recruiting talented engineers active in the forefront and a variety of advanced technologies were combined to build up the competitive product in a short time. During the phase of system designing, a clean-room plant dedicated for production of wafer inspection equipment "WIN- WIN 50" was constructed to be ready to start mass production. For more information about ACCRETECH, please visit www.accretech.jp/english/index.html
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 www.cascademicrotech.com
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 37,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2001. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at www.agilent.com
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