is Heating Up
The use of on-wafer superconducting materials, other novel materials and traditional semiconductors at cryogenic temperatures (below about 123K, or -150°C) has risen markedly in recent years.
Inventive new sensors take advantage of unique material properties at very low temperatures to detect a wide variety of physical phenomena such as infrared radiation, magnetic fields, x-rays, and more, for application in many fields such as health care, defense, industrial automation, and astronomy.
FormFactor has played an active role in bringing these technologies to market, producing high-performance cryogenic and vacuum probe systems since 2000 with unmatched automation capabilities to support activities from academic research to industry production.
Sophisticated Tools Simplify Cryogenic Test
The Cryogenic Tool is a Velox application that enables precise on-wafer measurements in extreme environments by controlling vacuum pump and coolant parameters. It has been developed for cryogenic probe systems that enable testing of cooled IR sensors and cutting-edge technologies that require cryogenic temperatures. It supports auxiliary functions like automatic refill of the liquid nitrogen dewars and automated swapping of the IR radiation sources (blackbodies).
• Graphical interface of vacuum/cryogenic probe station
• Real-time display of process parameters
• Wizard-guided operation
• Semi-automated process tools