FormFactor Qualifies Industry’s First One-Touchdown 300-mm Wafer Probe Solution for DRAM Sort Test
November 10, 2009
Probe card employs FormFactor’s advanced TRETM technology to extend available test capacity
LIVERMORE, Calif. – November 10, 2009 – FormFactor, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORM) today announced a major milestone for the semiconductor test industry — production qualification of the industry’s first one-touchdown probe card for 300-mm DRAM wafer sort testing. FormFactor achieved the milestone with its Harmony eXP full-wafer contact probe card employing advanced TRETM technology to simultaneously test all die on the DRAM wafer. The proprietary technology allows the multiplication of existing tester resources; in this case to an industry-leading x11 parallelism (simultaneously testing 11 devices per tester channel). The advanced probe card also allows the testing of the entire wafer at two temperatures, enabling sort testing at both hot and cold extremes. This dual-temperature capability helps IC manufacturers meet their reliability and performance requirements at the lowest cost of test.
FormFactor shipped the first Harmony eXP one-touchdown sort card to Elpida Memory, Inc. for testing of leading-edge DRAM devices. Because FormFactor’s proprietary TRE technology can amplify the number of die simultaneously tested with existing tester resources, device manufacturers can use FormFactor’s Harmony eXP cards to leverage their existing test equipment to increase total available test capacity. In this way, not only does test cell throughput increase significantly, but Harmony eXP also allows memory manufacturers to reduce their need for capital investment.
“Our Harmony eXP probe card solution enables maximum throughput, which is critical to help our customers reduce their time-to-market,” stated Stefan Zschiegner, senior vice president and general manager of FormFactor’s DRAM Product Business Group. “FormFactor’s long-standing commitment to R&D has allowed us to intercept the goal of one touchdown testing. We continue to push the limits of probe testing to ensure that both we and our customers remain on the cutting-edge of the test technology roadmap.”
One-touchdown testing of the entire wafer is enabled by advanced electronics and FormFactor’s proprietary MEMS MicroSpring® contactor, which is designed to withstand the rigors of production testing and minimize cleaning—further increasing probe card availability and test cell productivity.
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