SemiProbe Debuts Vector Network Analyzer Calibration Software

SPCal’s wizard-driven application eliminates errors, reduces measurement time and lowers the cost of test.

In the realm of high frequency measurement connectivity, calibrating Vector Network Analyzer (VNA) sensitivity, cabling configuration, and probe response are critical for accurate and repeatable results. Close proximity of the VNA to the device under test (DUT) makes it difficult to access the VNA panel controls without changing the measurement setup and cabling. SemiProbe has developed a new software application, SPCal, to simplify and automate probe system calibration setup and measurement.

SemiProbe’s SPCal is now available for all Probe System for Life (PS4L) manual, semiautomatic or fully automatic systems either as a stand alone capability or integrated with SemiProbe’s PILOT control software suite. SPCal’s wizard-driven design provides step-by-step setup procedures, reducing measurement time and eliminating errors.

When used with SemiProbe’s PILOT control software suite, SPCal can download preconfigured measurement files for automated calibration setup. Rapid calibrations can be integrated directly into the wafer measurement procedure with PILOT, utilizing on-wafer calibration features or external calibration substrates. SPCal integrated with PILOT delivers highly repeatable calibration with contact placement within 1 μm, maintaining a stable resistance between the substrate and the probe tip. This accuracy helps preserve the probe tips, enabling more touch-downs, minimizing operator error and reducing the cost of test.

SPCal is available now and supports most popular VNAs. SPCal can interface additional VNAs by using the application’s ADD VNA feature. SPCal performs S-Parameter measurements and can produce up to 4 different plots using PILOT’s Plotter application. Alternatively, SPCal can be customized by the user for a wide range of measurements.

SemiProbe’s PILOT software control suite comes standard with all PS4L semi or fully automatic systems. Manual systems can be upgraded to integrate this application.

About SemiProbe, Inc.

SemiProbe designs and manufactures high performance manual, semiautomatic, and fully automatic probing solutions to help you solve your most difficult test challenges quickly, accurately and cost effectively. SemiProbe provides solutions for high power, RF/Microwave, MEMS, optoelectronics, photovoltaics and many other applications. With hundreds of installed systems across five continents, our customers leverage the most innovative and adaptive test platform and accessories from R&D through production.

Please contact SemiProbe directly to discuss your test requirements or for more information on the company’s new SPCal software application either through www.semiprobe.com or by email at info@semiprobe.com.

SemiProbe Introduces PS4L Fully Automated Prober with FOUP Capability

PS4L 300 mm Fully Automatic Prober with FOUP Capability

PS4L 300 mm Fully Automatic Prober with FOUP Capability

SemiProbe has installed a fully automatic 300 mm probe system based on its patented Probe System for Life (PS4L) platform at a major new semiconductor fab in the US. The system will be primarily used for advanced device characterization.

The Fully Automatic probe system (FA-12) enables two (2) FOUP (Front Opening Unified Pod) cassettes to be loaded by the user. Operating through SemiProbe’s PILOT control software, the autonomous system can download a project file or measurement protocol and automatically load the correct setup, wafer map, alignment routines, and proceed to test. The system can be operated in manual, semiautomatic and automatic modes. The advanced probe system integrates camera systems above, below, and parallel to the wafer to ensure accurate and reliable probe placement and high throughput.

The PS4L Adaptive Architecture enables the FOUP material handling units to serve multiple probe systems, significantly reducing test time and capital expense. Additional PS4L probe system modules can be added at a later date to increase capacity. Existing PS4L modules can be field upgraded and reconfigured to add temperature control, high frequency/RF test, additional probes, optical systems and other capabilities at any time.

About SemiProbe, Inc.

SemiProbe designs and manufactures high performance manual, semiautomatic, and fully automatic probing solutions to help you solve your most difficult test challenges quickly, accurately and cost effectively. SemiProbe provides solutions for high power, RF/Microwave, MEMS, optoelectronics, photovoltaics and many other applications. With hundreds of installed systems across five continents, our customers leverage the most innovative and adaptive test platform and accessories from R&D through production.

Please contact SemiProbe directly to discuss your test requirements or for more information on the company’s new fully automated PS4L Probe System either through www.semiprobe.com or by email at info@semiprobe.com.