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NI, Tokyo Electron, FormFactor and Reid-Ashman Demonstrate 5G mmWave Semiconductor Wafer Probe Test Solution at NIWeek 2019

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NIWeek – NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of a software-defined
platform that helps accelerate the development and performance of
automated test and automated measurement systems, today announced and
demonstrated a 5G mmWave wafer probe test solution it developed in
collaboration with Tokyo Electron (8035.TO) (TEL), FormFactor (Nasdaq:
FORM) and Reid-Ashman.

Addressing the technical challenges associated with 5G mmWave wafer
probe test, the demonstrated solution can help semiconductor
manufacturers reduce their risk, cost and time to market for 5G mmWave
ICs. New mmWave frequencies are challenging the signal integrity of
conventional probe techniques, which consist of a probe interface board
(PIB), probe tower and probe card. NI, TEL, FormFactor and Reid-Ashman
collaborated to demonstrate a direct dock probe solution that simplifies
the signal path, provides the necessary signal integrity for mmWave
applications and supports both top and bottom load probe applications.

A key element of the solution is the NI Semiconductor Test System (STS),
and NI recently demonstrated a multisite mmWave test solution for 5G
power amplifiers, beamformers and transceivers. A key benefit of the
solution is the modularity that allows reuse of software and baseband/IF
instrumentation with modular mmWave radio heads to address current and
future mmWave frequency bands of interest.

The solution features

  • NI STS for 5G mmWave test with direct dock probe support
  • TEL PrecioTM XL automatic wafer prober optimized for
    parallel die test with highly accurate x-, y-, and z-axis control for
    reliable contact sensitivity
  • A FormFactor Pyramid-MW probe card for superior RF signal integrity
    and long contactor life in production test environments
  • Reid-Ashman OM1700 universal manipulator with motorized motion for
    efficient, repeatable and product-safe docking

“We believe that our early collaboration with leading wireless
chipmakers, test cell integration partners, OSATs and the 5G research
community has positioned us to be the lowest risk option for mmWave 5G
production test,” said Dr. Kevin Ilcisin, vice president of Corporate
Strategy at NI. “This is the latest example of NI’s commitment to
prioritizing investments to maximize the value we deliver to our
customers as they race to address critical industry challenges.”

Semiconductor chipmakers and outsourced assembly and test (OSATs)
providers interested in the solution are encouraged to visit the
Semiconductor Pavilion in the NIWeek Exhibit Hall to see the
demonstration and speak to representatives from each company. You can
find more information about the NI STS here
or 5G NR for wireless communication here.
You can also email
for more information.

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About Tokyo Electron

As a leading global company of semiconductor and flat panel display
(FPD) production equipment, Tokyo Electron Limited (TEL) engages in
development, manufacturing and sales in a wide range of product fields.
All of TEL’s semiconductor and FPD production equipment product lines
maintain high market shares in their respective global segments. TEL
provides outstanding products and services to customers through a global
network of approximately 75 locations in 16 countries in the U.S.,
Europe and Asia.

About FormFactor

FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM), is a leading provider of essential test
and measurement technologies along the full IC life cycle – from
characterization, modeling, reliability and design debug, to
qualification and production test. Semiconductor companies rely upon
FormFactor’s products and services to accelerate profitability by
optimizing device performance and advancing yield knowledge. The Company
serves customers through its network of facilities in Asia, Europe and
North America. For more information, visit the Company’s website at

About Reid-Ashman

Reid-Ashman Manufacturing Incorporated is a fully integrated
engineering, manufacturing and service company specializing in providing
solutions for the semiconductor test industry. Established in “The
Silicon Valley,” in California in 1978, we are now headquartered in
Saint George, Utah, with sales and service personnel located around the
world. Reid-Ashman’s success is primarily due to its ability and
willingness to design and develop innovative equipment and customize
existing products in order to best meet the challenges of our customers’
specific test-floor environments and test-system applications.
Reid-Ashman’s ongoing commitment is to provide and support the
semiconductor test community with the finest solutions to this
industry’s unique challenges.