Advanced mm-Wave and Terahertz Measurements on FormFactor Probe Stations – New Solution and 4 Great Features
September 19, 2019
FormFactor introduces a fully integrated modular solution for over-temperature mm-Wave and terahertz measurements that incorporates a new, exclusively developed approach to overcome the challenges in precise waveguide probing. The result is highest accuracy and reliable data.
FormFactor introduces a fully integrated modular solution for over-temperature mm-Wave and terahertz measurements that incorporates a new, exclusively developed approach to overcome the challenges in precise waveguide probing. The result is highest accuracy and reliable data over a full thermal range from -60°C to +125°C.
Add to it our revolutionary Autonomous RF Measurement Assistant, and the system enables true hands-free calibrations and measurements, reducing cost of test and accelerating time to market. The solution is available for all manual, semi-automatic and fully-automatic probe stations from FormFactor.
Here are some highlights of our Advanced mm-Wave and Terahertz Solution:
The Highest Data Accuracy
By bringing the frequency extender as close to the probe as possible, the new solution drastically shortens the path to the device. This considerably reduces the insertion loss which leads to a higher raw directivity and dynamic range at the probe tip, resulting in highly accurate calibrations.
The consequent downsizing of the measurement path leads to a minimized thermal expansion as well as improved directivity. The combination of these reduces the drift associated with temperature changes to a minimum and allows calibrations to last longer before the need of re-calibration. The result is extremely stable calibrations.
Full Thermal Range
With our unique RF TopHat, the solution has full thermal capability from -60°C to +125°C. The RF TopHat was designed to minimize cable lengths, prevent stiction which impacts motorized positioner accuracy, and maintains a dark, shielded and frost-free measurement environment. The exclusive TopHat Window allows easy setup of probes without having to open the MicroChamber.
Faster Time to Market
Our advanced mm-Wave and terahertz measurement solution can be enhanced with the revolutionary Autonomous RF Measurement Assistant, which enables fully autonomous, handsfree RF calibrations and measurements over multiple temperatures. Featuring the unique Contact Intelligence™ Technology, it significantly reduces cost of test and accelerates time to market with increased accuracy and reduced design cycles.
Perfected Probe Positioning with Highest Accuracy and Repeatability
Our RPP404 and RPP504 positioners have been developed specifically for high-performance RF, mm-Wave and terahertz measurements, to give the highest positioning resolution for the most accurate and repeatable probe positioning and measurement performance. With 0.3 μm resolution even the smallest errors can be recognized and corrected. Multiple positioners can be located not only in the east and west, but also the north and south locations.
To round out the advanced mm-Wave and terahertz measurement solution, add industry-leading high-performance probes, such as Infinity Waveguide Probes or the T-Wave Probe. WinCal XE™ from FormFactor is a comprehensive and intuitive on-wafer RF measurement calibration tool to achieve accurate and repeatable S-parameter measurements, which is crucial for precision device modeling/characterization and engineering RFIC test.
For more information on the advanced mm-Wave and terahertz measurement solution, download the solutions brief.