TRADE NEWS: Agilent Technologies and Cascade Microtech Announce Alliance to
Streamline Wafer-Level Measurements
Unified, Unique Wafer-Level DC and RF Measurement Solutions Deliver Increased
Confidence in Measurement Accuracy
SANTA CLARA, Calif. & BEAVERTON, Ore. -- June 3, 2014
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) and Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD)
today announced a strategic alliance to provide fully configured and validated
RF measurement solutions that streamline wafer-level semiconductor
measurements while delivering guaranteed configuration, installation and
“Agilent and Cascade Microtech are the worldwide leaders in test and
measurement and on-wafer probing, offering both the expertise and products to
provide all the building blocks for wafer-level device testing,” said Gregg
Peters, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Component Test
Division. “By aligning our efforts and respective solutions, we are pioneering
a new model for the delivery of uniquely differentiated wafer-level
measurement solutions to our mutual semiconductor customers.”
From Configuration to Accurate, Validated Measurements
Specifying and configuring a wafer-level RF measurement system can be
challenging and time-consuming, often requiring equipment to be sourced from
multiple suppliers and then configured and verified on-site by the customer.
As a result, the time to first measurement can be long. With wafer-level
measurement solutions (WMS) from Agilent and Cascade Microtech, semiconductor
customers now have the equipment they need to perform accurate and repeatable
DC and RF measurements, device characterization and modeling, all while
realizing significant time savings to first measurement.
“Semiconductor process development, modeling and characterization tasks are
evolving, time-to-market cycles are shrinking, and the need for greater
accuracy is increasing,” said Michael Burger, president and chief executive
officer of Cascade Microtech. “By working with Agilent to provide guaranteed
wafer-level measurement solutions, we can now provide semiconductor engineers
the tools they need to perform accurate and fast advanced DC and RF
measurements on both components and devices to get their products to market on
The new wafer-level measurement solutions combine Cascade Microtech’s wafer
probe stations, probes and calibration tools with Agilent’s test
instrumentation and measurement and analysis software. Each solution
configuration is pre-validated to ensure it meets customers’ specific
application needs, then validated again—based on previously agreed-upon
acceptance criteria—after installation by Cascade Microtech solutions experts.
Guaranteed configuration means that any parts missing from the configured
solution will be provided by either Agilent or Cascade Microtech, free of
Agilent and Cascade Microtech have also collaborated to deliver unique
workflow solutions software based on Agilent’s WaferPro-XP measurement
software. Together with Cascade Microtech’s Velox probe station software,
customers can now develop complete wafer test suites for a variety of
measurement needs (e.g., S-parameters, DC-IV/CV, noise figure, Flicker noise,
and gain compression). This combination of software provides a coherent
environment for test development.
Each wafer-level measurement solution is backed by the offer of a full support
package, with access to regional solution experts who are highly skilled in
on-wafer test and measurement. Cascade Microtech acts as the single point of
contact to ensure quick problem resolution.
Pricing and Availability
Agilent and Cascade Microtech wafer-level RF measurement solutions are now
available in a range of configurations, from a fully integrated new solution
with either a semi-automated or manual prober, to application-specific
hardware upgrades to existing probe stations. Agilent’s new WaferPro-XP
measurement software platform for R&D device characterization can also be
added to an existing wafer-level measurement solution. Pricing depends on
solution configuration. For specific pricing and sales information, contact
your local Agilent field engineer or Cascade Microtech sales manager.
More information on the new Agilent and Cascade Microtech wafer-level
measurement solutions is available at www.agilent.com/find/wms and
www.cascademicrotech.com/measureone. Photos are available at
www.agilent.com/find/wms_images. A backgrounder is available at
About Cascade Microtech, Inc.
Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD) is a worldwide leader in precision
contact, electrical measurement and test of integrated circuits (ICs), optical
devices and other small structures. For technology businesses and scientific
institutions that need to evaluate small structures, Cascade Microtech
delivers access to electrical data from wafers, ICs, IC packages, circuit
boards and modules, MEMS, 3D TSV, LED devices and more. Cascade Microtech’s
leading-edge stations, probes, probe cards, advanced thermal subsystems and
integrated systems deliver precision accuracy and superior performance both in
the lab and during production manufacturing of high-speed and high-density
semiconductor chips. For more information visit www.cascademicrotech.com.
About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is the world’s premier measurement company
and a technology leader in chemical analysis, life sciences, diagnostics,
electronics and communications. The company’s 20,600 employees serve customers
in more than 100 countries. Agilent had revenues of $6.8 billion in fiscal
2013. Information about Agilent is available at www.agilent.com.
On Sept. 19, 2013, Agilent announced plans to separate into two publicly
traded companies through a tax-free spinoff of its electronic measurement
business. The new company is named Keysight Technologies, Inc. The separation
is expected to be completed in early November 2014.
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