FormFactor has completed the acquisition of High Precision Devices, Inc., a leader in precision cryogenic instruments located in Boulder, Colorado.  HPD precision cryogenic instruments include chip-scale cryogenic probe systems and cryostats, capable of extreme low temperatures. The business has been growing rapidly to serve emerging quantum computing, superconducting computing, and ultra-sensitive sensor markets which operate at temperatures as low as 30 millikelvin. HPD’s technical team brings highly specialized skills and know-how to address the unique test challenges for these emerging technologies.

The HPD acquisition nicely complements FormFactor’s existing line of cryogenic wafer probe systems, and cryogenic engineering probes, expanding its market reach with cryostats for die and package testing and lower-temperature wafer probe capabilities. Leveraging the strength and scale of FormFactor, a broad portfolio of ultra-low temperature test technologies can now be offered to enable scientific and industrial customers to tackle important societal challenges such as the next step in solving the data center energy crisis and opening the astonishing possibilities of quantum computing.

Charlie Danaher, New Business Development Director, presented at FormFactor’s COMPASS online user conference, for anyone who would like to become more familiar with HPD products. His presentation is titled:

Advancing Quantum Computing (and Other Exciting Science) with Low Temperature Probe Stations and milliKelvin Research Cryostats (HPD)

The fields of quantum computing and superconducting computing are experiencing tremendous growth and will likely have profound impacts on various technologies and in our everyday lives. Additionally, the fields of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology are vibrant with ongoing research taking place at observatories around the globe.

However, long before these technologies become reality, years of development is required for many of the essential components. Conceptualization, prototyping, and refinement of these superconducting devices can only be performed at cryogenic temperatures. HPD 4 K cryogenic probe stations and milliKelvin Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator (ADR)  research cryostats serve a vital role in many of these endeavors.