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Pickering's November 2016 Newsletter

Hi there - We are excited to share a recent customer success story with you. 

LXI High-density Matrix Modules Selected for Opens and Shorts Testing of Semiconductor Packages

The Customer:

Amkor Technology is one of the world’s largest providers of contract semiconductor assembly and test services. Founded in 1968, Amkor pioneered the outsourcing of IC assembly and test and is now a strategic manufacturing partner for more than 300 of the worlds leading semiconductor companies and electronics OEMs.

The Application:

Amkor’s Korean division was specifying a new test system — one section of the system was to be used for opens and shorts testing for semiconductor packages. A large matrix was defined for the task — a 3072x4 matrix switch configuration to perform 4-wire measurement, I/V characterization, as well as 2-wire measurement. As it is with many test applications, it needed to be acquired at the lowest price with the highest performance as possible.

The Solution:

After researching their options, Amkor decided to use three Pickering Interfaces LXI high-density matrix modules (model 60-553-008). These LXI matrix modules had the type of EMRs needed to provide the lowest price in the market as well as allow up to 1027 simultaneously closed crosspoints. 

Pickering Interfaces LXI High-density Matrix (model 60-553-008)
Pickering Interfaces LXI High-density Matrix (model 60-553-008)

Additionally, from the viewpoint of Testmation, the selected test system integrator, this LXI matrix module includes Pickering’s BIRST (Built-In-Relay-Self-Test) function, which made it the preferred choice for easy and quick maintenance support.



 Amkor's New Test System with up-close view of LXI matrices inside tester


Background on Opens and Shorts Testing:

Below is some background on opens and shorts testing, also called structural test and why Pickering’s LXI Matrix Module was the best choice for Amkor’s application. 

Opens and shorts testing is the most generally used way for evaluating and verifying a semiconductor package prior to functional test. In addition to the test, it can also be used in failure analysis of the package where I/V characterization tests are implemented. 

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Visit Pickering at the International Test Conference 2016

Pickering to showcase PXI & LXI Switching for Semiconductor Test at ITC 2016

Heading to ITC 2016 next week? Visit us in booth 216 to see our latest PXI & LXI switching for Semiconductor Test, including the 60-553 LXI Matrix mentioned in the success story above and our soon to be released Modular LXI Reed Relay High-Density Matrix. 

We will also be showcasing our Switch Path Manager signal routing software and eBIRST switching system test tools.

Take a look here for our show preview >>


Switch Path Manager - Signal Routing Software Demo

Video - Switch Path Manager Signal Routing Software Demo 

Take a look at our Switch Path Manager (SPM) Signal Routing Software Demonstration - SPM simplifies signal routing through switching systems and speeds up the development of switching system software. Switch Path Manager supports Pickering's switching modules and the interconnection between these products. 

Learn more >>

Switch Path Manager Signal Routing Software Demonstration Video

Video - Operating Pickering Switching & Simulation Modules using LabVIEW  

This video demonstrates how to operate our Switch & Simulation modules in National Instruments' LabVIEW® Software. Our software driversare capable of supporting all of our PXI, LXI and PCI products and include a LabVIEW wrapper to permit full operation of the Pickering products from the LabVIEW environment. 

 Learn more >>

Cable & Connector Solutions from Pickering


Did you know we provide a full range of supporting cables and connector solutions for all of our switching and simulation products? We offer everything from simple mating connectors to complex cables assemblies and terminal blocks. Every accessory is designed to ensure you have a trouble-free experience in connecting our products to your test system. 

  • Connectors - Simple mating connectors that can provide a method for integrators to wire to a part that mates with the front panel connector of the selected device. 
  • Cables - A range of cables with a mating connector on either one end or both ends. Cables can also be made available to convert between one connector style and another.
  • Connector Blocks - A connector block provides an interface between a mating connector and a set of screw operated terminals. 

Don't see the solution you need?

Pickering's Cable Design ToolTry our Cable Design Tool. This graphics-based web tool allows users to create customized cable assemblies using very detailed design characteristics including a selection of connector types, wire type, pin definitions, pin and cable labeling, cable bundling, length selection, sleeving comments and more.

For more information, please visit our website or please feel free to contact us.

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