MPI Corporation and Rohde & Schwarz offer joint solutions for on-wafer measurements on semiconductor components
September 8, 2015

Taiwan, Hsinchu – MPI is partnering with the T&M equipment manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz to provide customers with turnkey solutions for measurements on semiconductor components in the RF and millimeter wave ranges. The two companies successfully achieved a seamless integration of Rohde & Schwarz vector network analyzers (VNA) and MPI engineering probe systems.

Due to the complex measurement tasks to be performed when characterizing modern RF semiconductor components, the proper integration of T&M equipment with a probe system is a time-consuming and costly task. To set up a measurement system delivering accurate and repeatable results can be very challenging since a number of factors play a role here. These include an intuitive user interface, the mechanical properties of the probe system, the electrical and mechanical properties of the RF probe tips, the mechanical connection and integration of the network analyzer with the probe system, as well as the functionality and usability of the software. The VNA must provide the RF performance and functionality required for complete and accurate characterization even of demanding DUTs such as amplifiers and converters over a wide frequency range.
Thanks to a profound understanding of the requirements and special aspects to be considered for on-wafer RF and millimeter-wave measurements, MPI successfully brings diverse innovative solutions to the market:
MPI’s engineering probe systems are characterized by excellent mechanical stability and offer unique solutions in terms of measurement repeatability and usability.
MPI recently announced the industry‘s first probe system specifically designed for high-precision measurements in the millimeter- and submillimeter-wave (THz) ranges based on a seamless integration of Rohde & Schwarz millimeter-wave converters.
Unlike any other RF probes on the market, MPI TITAN™ RF probes provide excellent, real-time visibility of the probe tip contacts for highly accurate positioning of the probes.
MPI’s intuitive QAlibria™ calibration software with multi-touch functionality supports the Rohde & Schwarz R&S®ZVA and R&S®ZNB VNAs. These offer a wide output power range for the characterization of active components in the linear and non-linear regions. Featuring highly stable sources, the R&S®ZVA in conjunction with Rohde & Schwarz frequency converters is ideally suited for on-wafer component characterization in the millimeter-wave range. The Rohde & Schwarz frequency converters have been optimized mechanically for on-wafer measurements.

About MPI Corporation

MPI Corporation is a publicly held company, founded in July, 1995. In 20 short years MPI has already achieved the #1 position for probe card manufacturing in Taiwan and #5 globally. In addition, MPI is the undisputed world leader in production LED material handling, test and inspection by having more than 9000 systems installed. MPI’s Advanced Semiconductor Test (AST) division is built on a unique combination of manufacturing excellence and systems reliability from the LED division combined with more than 50 years of engineering probe systems market expertise within the management and marketing team. The major focus of the AST division is in test solutions for applications such as RF and mmW, and device characterization for modeling and process development.
For more information visit: www.mpi-corporation.com

About Rohde & Schwarz

The Rohde & Schwarz electronics group offers innovative solutions in the following business fields: test and measurement, broadcast and media, secure communications, cybersecurity, radio monitoring and radiolocation. Founded more than 80 years ago, this independent company has extensive sales and service networks and is present in more than 70 countries. The electronics group is among the world market leaders in its established business fields. On June 30, 2014, Rohde & Schwarz had approximately 9800 employees. It achieved a net revenue of EUR 1.75 billion in the 2013/2014 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany. It also has regional headquarters in Singapore and Columbia, Maryland, USA, to manage its operations in these regions.
For more information visit: www.rohde-schwarz.com

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