Agilent announces new memory tester News & Analysis 9/29/2000 Post a comment PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Agilent Technologies Inc. here has expanded its line of automatic test equipment, rolling out a system for use in testing high-speed non-volatile memory devices.
Featuring a tester-per-site architecture, the V4400 NVM Test System from Agilent is a general-purpose wafer-sort and final test system designed for use in testing non-volatile memories, embedded devices, and specialty ICs.
Schlumberger test handler cuts costs with new thermal control technology News & Analysis 9/25/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Schlumberger Ltd.'s Test & Transactions division today announced a new semiconductor test handler that enables IC testing at multiple temperature settings with a single insertion of devices into systems. The company said its new single-insertion, multi-temperature (SIM-T) handler addresses a growing need for higher reliability of chips.
Hyundai licenses FormFactor's MicroSpring for DRAM wafer-level packaging News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Aiming to revolutionize the way ICs are tested and assembled in chip packages, FormFactor Inc. here today announced its first technology licensing pact with a major DRAM maker--Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. Ltd.--which plans to use the company's MicroSpring contacts on processed wafers to lower costs and boost yields in backend manufacturing steps. Seven-year-old FormFactor claims to be the only company to offer a complete wafer-level packaging and testing solution that
Teradyne will spin off test software in new company News & Analysis 9/6/2000 Post a comment BOSTON -- Teradyne Inc. today announced it will transfer acquired test software operations to a new company, called Empirix, which will be owned by employees, an investor group, and Teradyne. The move will enable Teradyne to concentrate on its core test equipment and interconnection businesses, said Geroge Chamillard, chairman and CEO of the Boston-based company.
Schlumberger offers prober for 0.18-micron flip-chip analysis News & Analysis 9/6/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Schlumberger Ltd.'s automatic test equipment unit here today rolled out a new laser-probe system for flip-chip design verification and failure analysis. The IDS 2500 system uses phase interforemeter detector (PID) technology to speed access to critical waveforms that IC designers and product development engineers need to debug advanced flip-chip logic devices.
Chip-testing houses struggle to get new ATE systems News & Analysis 9/1/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Faced with expanding lead times for delivery of new chip testers and explosive growth in outsourcing of manufacturing steps, independent test subcontractors say they are now suffering from a capacity crunch and having a hard time keeping up with demand. Several leading test subcontractors cite an unexpected surge in business. In some cases, these companies say they are now turning away new customers in order to handle the growing volumes at existing accounts.
Agilent acquires test IP supplier for network systems applications News & Analysis 9/1/2000 Post a comment PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced it has completed a previously announced acquisition of privately-held Digital Technology Inc., which supplied intellectual property (IP) for testing of network systems. The spin-off from Hewlett-Packard Co. did not release financial terms of the acquisition.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.