FormFactor Unveils Harmony XPTM Wafer Probe Card, the Industry’s First Two-Touchdown 300-mm DRAM Wafer Probe Solution
January 29, 2007
New probe card platform designed to address advanced technology requirements and lower overall cost of test for high-performance, high-density DRAM
LIVERMORE, Calif. – January 29, 2007 – FormFactor, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORM) today expanded its HarmonyTM portfolio of full-area 300-mm wafer probe cards with the introduction of its Harmony XP probe card—an advanced wafer probing solution for high-density mobile, commodity and graphics DRAM devices that enables the lowest overall test cost per die. The Harmony XP probe card is specifically designed to address the demanding technical challenges of these devices, enabling DRAM manufacturers’ roadmap requirements for higher pin counts, reduced pad and pitch sizes, higher frequency and higher parallelism testing.
Designed to optimally leverage the resources of the most advanced testers (x384 and higher die under test, or DUT) to achieve the highest levels of parallelism, the Harmony XP probe card can enable testing of 300-mm 1GB DRAM wafers in as few as two touchdowns.
“To meet the new era of full 300-mm wafer testing, our customers need wafer probe solutions that simultaneously support device scaling, improve touchdown efficiency and tackle test cell utilization from a total system approach,” stated Igor Khandros, FormFactor’s chief executive officer. “Harmony is the platform to take our customers to their most advanced test requirements through future innovation and development, and provides a clear path to one touchdown 300-mm DRAM testing at the lowest total cost of ownership.”
To enable high-parallelism testing, the Harmony XP wafer probe card incorporates FormFactor’s production-proven MicroSpring® technology. The card’s innovative spring design allows Harmony XP probe cards to accommodate more than 50,000 MicroSpring contacts, making it ideal for testing high-density mobile DRAM and graphic devices. FormFactor MicroSpring probes provide low contact resistance for optimum electrical performance, and require minimal cleaning for increased probe card availability and higher test cell uptime.
To facilitate the migration by DRAM manufacturers to sub-65-nm design rules, as well as meet their associated lower power and tighter electrical performance requirements, the Harmony XP architecture will enable pad pitches as small as 60 microns and pad sizes as small as 55 microns, with optimal signal integrity. In addition, the Harmony XP solution has an aggressive roadmap for further size reductions. As an option, Harmony XP probe cards can support test frequencies up to 300 MHz, which is key to reducing test time as well as enabling known good die (KGD) applications—where high-frequency testing is critical.
Reducing the number of touchdowns that a probe card makes to test all devices on a wafer has historically led to dramatic reductions in the overall cost of test for DRAM. While this is integral to lowering test costs, the transition to full 300-mm wafer testing is also driving up the need to maximize test cell uptime. Like FormFactor’s Harmony OneTouchTM probe solution for Flash memory, the Harmony XP solution includes advanced planarization features, which are critical to achieving the roadmap requirements for advanced DRAM testing. The Harmony XP’s total system approach also provides tilt adjustment of the probe card reducing probe card setup time for increased test cell productivity.
“Since its launch last year, our Harmony OneTouch solution has helped lower overall test costs for Flash manufacturers,” said Khandros. “Now, we’re bringing the same benefits associated with our Harmony system-level approach to advanced 300-mm DRAM manufacturing.”
FormFactor is now taking Harmony XP probe card orders.
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