MPI Corporation Introduces New 300 mm PRIME™ Thermal Chuck Technology

Taiwan, Nov. 14th, 2017 – MPI Corporation has introduced a new 300 mm thermal chuck designated PRIME™ technology for wafer probe stations with full temperature range thermal testing while delivering unsurpassed performance and flexibility.

Continuing the innovative leadership within the engineering probe system market, MPI Corporation has co-developed with ERS Electronic GmbH, the leader of wafer thermal solutions, a new 300 mm thermal PRIME™ technology. Capability enhancements include the fastest transition time in the industry, unmatched electrical performance, higher application flexibility, wider thermal range and easy field upgradability. Incorporated with the Dynamic Thermal Shield (DTS) from ERS, soak times are shortened by a factor of 60%. Within the complete test cycle of -60°C to +300°C, the PRIME™ technology chucks are ready for the test. Furthermore, the DTS continuous dew point controlled environment reduces tedious maintenance requirements.

The PRIME™ technology platform not only enhances performance, but includes a multi-application modular design concept for the ultimate in flexibility. Options include a dedicated top surface for RF & mmW, singular IC probing, inert-gas atmospheric testing for Wafer Level Reliability, High Power  with 3 kV isolation,

30 µT residual ferromagnetism, and ultra-low-noise down to fA range with more application specific configurations to be released in the coming months. In parallel, the 300 mm (12”) wafer probe station can be configured  with temperature starting points of  -60°C,  -40°C, -10°C,  +20°C  or  +30°C  and at end points  of +200°C or +300°C. All of this is easily configurable to specific test requirements and budgets.

“Unsurpassed flexibility in temperature range for applications from RF, mmW, ultra-low noise, 1/f, to high power applications and combine with unique field upgrade paths, the PRIME™ technology is the most advanced thermal chuck systems on the market today. PRIME™ technology enables the users to become more effective and efficient in thermal wafer probing applications.” Says Stojan Kanev, General Manager of MPI Corporation’s Advanced Semiconductor Division. “Adjusting to the current budgets, reducing cost of test, footprint size, significant CDA consumption and soak times for the entire system is the power behind the latest customer oriented solution.”

“We have managed to leverage the core competencies of both companies, and the result is our PRIME™ technology. We believe that PRIME™ will meet the demand of the fast-growing market for high voltage and high-frequency chips” says Klemens Reitinger, CEO of ERS electronic GmbH. “Our partnership with MPI has been extremely valuable in terms of gaining better understanding of the analytical probing market and its customers’ challenges. Being able to identify the future needs of growth markets such as the IoT, electro mobility and sensors is essential to ERS, and we believe that our new PRIME™ chucks will enhance challenging IC characterization and overall enable faster development time.”

About MPI Corporation

Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, MPI Corporation is a global technology leader in Semiconductor, Light Emitting Diode (LED), Photo Detectors, Lasers, Materials Research, Aerospace, Automotive, Fiber Optic, Electronic Components and more. MPI’s four main business sectors include Probe Card, Photonics Automation, Advanced Semiconductor Test and Thermal Divisions. MPI products range from various advanced probe card technologies, probers, testers, material handlers, inspection and thermal air systems. Many of these products are accompanied by state-of-the-art Calibration and Test & Measurement software suites. The diversification of product portfolio and industries allows a healthy environment for employee growth and retention. Cross pollination of product technologies allows each new innovation to provide differentiation in areas that are meaningful to our precious customer base.

For more information please visit: mpi-corporation.com

MPI Corporation Announced Successful Installation of the Next-Generation THZ Probe System at the Kollberg Laboratory of Chalmers University of Technology

Boosting Capabilities of Measurement Solutions for THz Frequencies with Unsurpassed
Measurement Dynamic Range, Calibration and Measurement Reproducibility

 

Taiwan, Oct. 6th, 2017 – MPI Corporation announced successful installation of the next-generation THZ probe system to the Kollberg Laboratory at Chalmers University of Technology, a leading research university located in Gothenburg, Sweden, to develop new measurement solutions for wafer-level characterization at THz frequency range.

The Kollberg laboratory, an already established infrastructure for terahertz characterization, now has superior capabilities for wafer-level electrical measurements, research on new materials, devices and circuits for sub-millimetre-wave frequency applications thanks to unique features of the new TS150-THZ probe system.

The integrated wafer probe system TS150-THZ from MPI Corporation was specifically designed for probing at THz frequencies incorporating many unique and innovative features to include seamless integration of vector network analyzer (VNA) frequency extenders of any type and frequency bands up to 1.7 THz. TS150-THZ provides the maximum possible measurement dynamic range and highest accuracy of measurement results. With the new and unique features, such as Probe Hover Control, Chuck Auto-Lock and Auto-Contact the new system significantly increases reproducibility of system calibration and measurement data and extends the lifetime of expensive THz accessories.

“As the renowned innovation leader in the field of wafer-level measurements, we are proud to deliver such a unique system to the world-class Chalmers’ THz researchers,” said Dr. Andrej Rumiantsev, Director of RF Technologies of AST Division at MPI. “As the application technology reached THz frequency, we will continue pushing wafer-level measurement limits with Chalmers’ researchers.”

Additional information is available at www.mpi-corporation.com/thz/

About Chalmers University of Technology
Chalmers University of Technology conducts research and offers education in technology, science, shipping and architecture in pursuit of its global vision for a sustainable future. Chalmers is well known for providing an effective environment for innovation and has eight priority areas of international significance: Building futures; energy; information and communication technology; life science engineering; materials science; nanoscience and nanotechnology; production; and transport.

Additional information is available at www.chalmers.se/en.

About MPI Corporation
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, MPI Corporation is a global technology leader in Semiconductor, Light Emitting Diode (LED), Photo Detectors, Lasers, Materials Research, Aerospace, Automotive, Fiber Optic, Electronic Components and more. MPI’s four main business sectors include Probe Card, Photonics Automation, Advanced Semiconductor Test and Thermal Divisions. MPI products range from various advanced probe card technologies, probers, testers, material handlers, inspection and thermal air systems. Many of these products are accompanied by state-of-the-art Calibration and Test & Measurement software suites. The diversification of product portfolio and industries allows a healthy environment for employee growth and retention. Cross pollination of product technologies allows each new innovation to provide differentiation in areas that are meaningful to our precious customer base.

For more information please visit: www.mpi-corporation.com/ast/

MPI Automated Systems Certified for IEC61010 and SEMI S2 Standards

Taiwan, August 17th, 2016 – MPI is proud to announce the successful completion of third-party conformity assessments (testing and certification) based on IEC 61010, EN ISO 12100 and SEMI S2 for all Advanced Semiconductor Tests (AST) automated probe systems. MPI has demonstrated clear leadership in recent years developing numerous and very significant innovations while serving customers within the engineering probe systems market. MPI continues its leadership position with efforts to increase transparency associated with compliance to industry specifications and standards. MPI’s receipt of the third-party certification for all of the automated probe stations reflects a commitment to increasingly important standards for end users and corporations requiring vendors to comply with industry specifications.

“The third-party certification of all AST automated probe systems is another very important part of innovation to ensure products are both safe and compliant with specific customer requirements.” says Dr. Stojan Kanev, General Manager of AST Division. “The major driver for MPI to provide third party certified products is to give the end-user a level of comfort in their purchase decisions, knowing that an independent organization has certified tools for stringent measurement applications such as the emerging high power device characterization market.”

Knowing this is critical to the development of safe products, MPI invests significant time and resources working with external organizations like TÜV and PCM. The independent organizations have reviewed the manufacturing process of the product and independently determined that the final products comply with specific standards for safety, quality or performance. This review typically includes comprehensive formulation/material reviews, testing and facility inspections.

About MPI Corporation
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, MPI Corporation is a global technology leader in Semiconductor, Light Emitting Diode (LED), Photo Detectors, Lasers, Materials Research, Aerospace, Automotive, Fiber Optic, Electronic Components and more. MPI’s four main business sectors include Probe Card, Photonics Automation, Advanced Semiconductor Test and Thermal Divisions. MPI products range from various advanced probe card technologies, probers, testers, material handlers, inspection and thermal air systems. Many of these products are accompanied by state-of-the-art Calibration and Test & Measurement software suites. The diversification of product portfolio and industries allows a healthy environment for employee growth and retention. Cross pollination of product technologies allows each new innovation to provide differentiation in areas that are meaningful to our precious customer base.

For more information please visit: www.mpi-corporation.com

MPI Corporation Announces Industry Acceptance of TS150-THZ Probe System

Taiwan, May 20th, 2016 – As a result of numerous orders corresponding with the growth of terahertz frequency range measurements in the wafer test market, MPI Corporation has received industry wide acceptance of the TS150-THZ probe station as the standard for these complicated high frequency measurements. The TS150-THZ addresses the challenging test requirements of multiple emerging markets and applications, such as automotive radar, non-invasive imaging, defense, security and surveillance as well as short-range radar and high-speed 5G communication. Decades of experience in RF measurement techniques from the management team of MPI’s Advanced Semiconductor Test (AST) Division also leverages other AST products such as RF Probes, RF probing accessories and RF calibration software QAlibria® for TS150-THZ development.

The TS150-THZ was designed from ground up specifically for THz probing incorporating many unique and innovative features to include seamless integration of vector network analyzer (VNA) frequency extenders of any type and frequency band to provide the maximum possible measurement dynamic range and reproducibility of measurement results. Together with its rigid probe platen, it inherited common features of MPI manual systems, such as an air bearing stage, and a highly repeatable platen lift with three discrete positions.

“With the TS150-THZ, we are addressing a significant need for accurate and confident data obtained in the university and R&D laboratories under very challenging measurement conditions”, says Dr. Andrej Rumiantsev, Director of RF Technologies of AST Division. “Measurements at sub-THz frequency range are associated with repeated and tedious system reconfiguration to switch between VNA frequency bands and system calibration. Also, the probe system may be operated by several users sharing various level of expertise. The pioneering option of the MP80-DX positioner with an integrated digital micrometer enabled outstanding simplicity and boosted the accuracy and repeatability of the multiline TRL system calibration for unexperienced operators in a much shorter time. Another unique feature is the integration of QAlibria® with StatistiCAL® Plus, the software package from NIST. It completes the loop of precise system calibration and metrology-level analysis of measured data”.

A dove-tail interface of dedicated frequency extender adaptations makes switching between different bands as easier than ever. Positioner platforms support both coaxial and waveguide extenders. Modular chucks are available in thermal and non-thermal configurations with auxiliary chucks and with the special surface optimized for any type of the device design. These options allow for fast and easy setups in a very complicated application and make the TS150-THZ far superior to older methodologies for THz probing.

The TH150-THZ can be configured with MPI’s advanced RF accessories such as, RF MicroPositioners, RF cables, calibration substrates and TITAN™ RF probes to ensure precise and accurate RF measurements. With integration of the VNA extenders closer to the DUT, the MPI partnership with Rohde & Schwarz, and new advanced calibration techniques, the TS150-THZ manual probe system becomes a complete measurement solution that addresses the complexities of RF measurements at mm-wave and THz frequency ranges.

About MPI Corporation
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, MPI Corporation is a global technology leader in Semiconductor, Light Emitting Diode (LED), Photo Detectors, Lasers, Materials Research, Aerospace, Automotive, Fiber Optic, Electronic Components and more. MPI’s four main business sectors include Probe Card, Photonics Automation, Advanced Semiconductor Test and Thermal Divisions. MPI products range from various advanced probe card technologies, probers, testers, material handlers, inspection and thermal air systems. Many of these products are accompanied by state-of-the-art Calibration and Test & Measurement software suites. The diversification of product portfolio and industries allows a healthy environment for employee growth and retention. Cross pollination of product technologies allows each new innovation to provide differentiation in areas that are meaningful to our precious customer base.

For more information please visit: www.mpi-corporation.com

MPI Corporation Introduces a New Fully-Automatic Probe System for RF Production Test

Taiwan, May 6th, 2016 – As the 200 mm wafer test market continues to expand, MPI Corporation is introducing a new fully automatic wafer probe system. The TS2500-RF addresses multiple production test market requirements which include Radio Frequency (RF) communication devices and discrete passive components. The system is based on the industry leading and highly reliable automatic LED probe systems from MPI’s Photonic Automation Division with 1000’s of installations worldwide. The TS2500-RF incorporates decades of experience in RF measurement techniques from the management team of MPI’s Advanced Semiconductor Test (AST) Division and leverages AST other products such as RF Probes, RF probing accessories and RF calibration software.

“MPI Corporation has quickly become the innovation leader in our served markets by introducing more than a dozen new products in a span of less than two years”, says Dr. Stojan Kanev, the General Manager of AST Division. “With the TS2500-RF, we are addressing the widely expanding production test market of RF communication devices and discrete RF passive components. We will continue our focus upon innovations and synergies between all MPI divisions to provide maximum value for served markets and to reinforce MPI mission to reduce the overall cost of test.”

Available for both ambient and/or hot temperature operation modes, the TS2500-RF can reach maximum speeds of 10 Dies/second (depends on configuration) which makes it an ideal choice for production electrical tests on discrete RF devices. The unique design of MPI wafer chucks and wafer lift pins can safely handle wafers with thickness down to 50 micrometers and thus enable testing of challenging thin III-Vs compound wafers. Advanced alignment features such as off-axis and chuck mounted upper-looking cameras make the TS2500-RF an ideal platform for testing within complex RF measurement configurations.

The TS2500-RF can be configured with MPI’s advanced RF accessories such as, RF MicroPositioners, RF cables, calibration substrates and TITAN™ RF probes to ensure precise and accurate RF measurements. With integration of the Vector Network Analyzers (VNA) closer to the DUT, the MPI partnership with Rohde & Schwarz, and new advanced calibration techniques, the TS2500-RF fully-automatic probe system becomes a complete measurement solution that addresses the complexities of RF production test.

About MPI Corporation
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, MPI Corporation is a global technology leader in Semiconductor, Light Emitting Diode (LED), Photo Detectors, Lasers, Materials Research, Aerospace, Automotive, Fiber Optic, Electronic Components and more. MPI’s four main business sectors include Probe Card, Photonics Automation, Advanced Semiconductor Test and Thermal Divisions. MPI products range from various advanced probe card technologies, probers, testers, material handlers, inspection and thermal air systems. Many of these products are accompanied by state-of-the-art Calibration and Test & Measurement software suites. The diversification of product portfolio and industries allows a healthy environment for employee growth and retention. Cross pollination of product technologies allows each new innovation to provide differentiation in areas that are meaningful to our precious customer base.

For more information please visit: www.mpi-corporation.com