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ICs with feature sizes as small as 3 nm promise to combine high throughput with optimal energy efficiency in high performance computing (HPC) settings, like AI and data centers. We’re already delivering the industry’s most-trusted, advanced wafer probing techniques for both R&D and high-volume production of leading-edge CMOS technologies.

Quantum computing, once only theoretical, is moving steadily toward practical realization. Quantum devices operate at extremely low temperatures provided by our cryogenic probing systems.

FormFactor enables the data generation industry from lab to fab. As a leader in test and measurement our products and expertise are used in the following applications:

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Quantum Computing
Silicon Photonics
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AI Processors
CPU / GPU / Logic
Memory
  • Quantum Computing
  • Research / Development
  • High Volume Engineering
  • Niche Production
  • High Volume Manufacturing
  • Silicon Photonics
  • Research / Development
  • High Volume Engineering
  • Niche Production
  • High Volume Manufacturing
  • Advanced Node
  • Research / Development
  • High Volume Engineering
  • Niche Production
  • High Volume Manufacturing
  • AI Processors
  • Research / Development
  • High Volume Engineering
  • Niche Production
  • High Volume Manufacturing
  • CPU / GPU / Logic
  • Research / Development
  • High Volume Engineering
  • Niche Production
  • High Volume Manufacturing
  • Memory
  • Research / Development
  • High Volume Engineering
  • Niche Production
  • High Volume Manufacturing

Quantum Computing

Quantum computers stand poised to deliver dramatic breakthroughs in any number of scientific and engineering fields. Personalized drugs, pinpoint weather predictions, better batteries and super-secure encryption all fall within the realm of possibility, along with many other applications.

In parallel, another category of machines called superconducting computers promises to elevate conventional computing to the so-called exascale level, where they will deliver formidable processing speed at only one tenth the power of present technology.

Both share a common attribute on their journey from lab to fab: they can only function at ultra-low temperatures approaching absolute zero. FormFactor has moved aggressively to provide cryogenic environment systems to meet this challenge, with a suite of products including 30 millikelvin cryostats and 4K automated probe systems.

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Silicon Photonics

Silicon photonics (SiPh) holds the potential for spectacular gains in speed and power efficiency. The first wave of the SiPh revolution stands poised to roll over data centers around the world with optical interconnects that breach the self-heating barriers set by copper wire. Bandwidths of a terabit per second now come within practical reach. Additionally, new applications such as glucose monitoring and blood typing are evolving around silicon photonics.

FormFactor already plays a significant role in the implementation of silicon photonics technology. This illustrates how we participate in solving the challenges of wafer test long before a new technology goes into mass production.

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CPU / GPU / Logic

The explosion of data generated by internet traffic and a myriad of other sources is demanding faster and faster server processors and artificial intelligence for real-time decision-making capability. With the decline of Moore’s Law, advanced processors now turn to next-generation advanced packaging techniques to sustain the pace of innovation demanded by HPC applications. Heterogenous integration ties processors, memory, I/O, logic, and interposers together with bumps, pillars, through-silicon vias, and other elements.

Wearables, smart phones, and Internet of Things (IOT) also drive the development of small, high performance, long battery life devices, and utilize wire bond, flip-chip, and wafer-level packaging in smaller and smaller form factors.

Advanced package technologies, very large and very small dies, and increasing probe pad density create new wafer probing challenges. FormFactor leads the industry in the breadth of advanced, MEMS-based probe card solutions to these challenges, able to test thousands of dies simultaneously, with hundreds of thousands of parallel probes, and even probing directly on 3D contact elements.

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Memory

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Our interconnected society generates exponentially increasing amounts of data, with multiple zettabytes (each zettabyte is approximately 10^21 bytes) per year in internet traffic. Data centers, mobile devices such as cellphones, smart IoT devices, and more, all need more DRAM and flash memory than ever before. Higher-density, faster flash and DRAM memory such as HBM (high bandwidth memory) leverage advanced packaging techniques, sometimes stacking over a hundred die in a single IC package.

As the memory IC market continues to advance and expand, semiconductor manufacturers face the complex challenges of high parallelism and full-wafer contact testing. FormFactor’s range of high-performance wafer test solutions help chip suppliers achieve yield optimization, lower cost of test, and faster time-to-market for today’s advanced memory devices.

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