Entries by Barbara Loferer

Flat Probe Technology for RF Test

Today the semiconductor test market is very competitive. This is especially true in the consumable contactor market.
Low operating costs and low average selling prices create low barriers to entry. Micro-organizations plants themselves next to their sole customer and provides fast turn times at competitive prices and onsite support. Although this is acceptable for some it is a risky business model. Furthermore the depth of knowledge of the product and therefore the value add from these micro-organizations is limited.

MEMS sensor testing challenges and requirements

Andreas Bursian, Director InStrip & InMEMS Products, authored an article for Chip Scale Review Magazine, in which he elaborates on the question of what the test requirements for MEMS sensor devices will be in the future. Before he goes into detail, he describes in general what our world will look like in the future shaped by IoT and Industry 4.0

2.5D Adds Test Challenges: Advanced packaging issues in testing interposers, TSVs

OSATs and ATE vendors are making progress in determining what works and what doesn’t in 2.5D packaging, expanding their knowledge base as this evolves into a mainstream technology. Most experts believe that full 3D packaging is at least five years away from mainstream deployment. 2.5D, in contrast, already has made inroads in markets where price sensitivity is low and demand for throughput to memory is extremely high, such as networking, server and graphics applications. Andy Nagy, Senior Director Marketing HG & TCI Operations at Xcerra, recently highlighted the challenges in test handling in an interview with Semiconductor Engineering. The article compiles thoughts of the key players in this market.

Forecast based on GDP growth?

Today, everybody in the semiconductor industry is aware of the substantial influence of the consumer. Behavior of end consumers in turn heavily influences the performance of the overall economy, which statistically is measured in the GDP. Recently IC Insights published a bulletin, which describes their findings examining the worldwide GDP growth and its impact on the 2016 IC market growth.

IPC Standards for Electronics Manufacturing

IPC standards, the results of industry consensus and collaboration, are respected throughout the whole world. Using IPC standards allows manufacturers, customers and suppliers to speak the same language. Their wide acceptance, and your company’s incorporation of the standards into your manufacturing processes, can help grow your business, adding new customers while satisfying your current customer base. IPC provides a graphical overview about all the categories they organized in chapters.