"We are pleased to receive this order from a new customer in
The order is from a specialized semiconductor foundry with a strong focus on high quality services and advanced value-added technologies, including embedded nonvolatile memory, high voltage and low leakage processes. The ABTS system will be used in the qualification and on-going process monitoring of various types of memories, including Flash and SRAM. Qualification tests typically utilize a high-temperature operating life (HTOL) test, where failure mechanisms are accelerated by burning-in the devices for 1000 hours to confirm that the basic design and fabrication process of a device will meet the reliability targets over an extended period of normal use. On-going process monitoring involves selecting samples from production lots and burning them in at high or low temperature to ensure that the process continues to hit its reliability targets.
"In this case, the system will also perform a low-temperature operating life (LTOL) test, where the devices are subjected to temperatures as low as -40C for an extended period," Allison continued. "In addition to being a more rigorous screen for various failure mechanisms, LTOL is important for identifying failure modes for automotive applications, since automobiles are often subjected to extremely low temperatures."
The ABTS family of products is based on a new hardware and software platform that is designed to address not only today's devices, but also future devices for many years to come. It can test and burn-in both logic and memory devices, including resources for high pin-count devices and configurations for high-power and low-power applications. The ABTS system can be configured with up to 72 burn-in boards with up to 320 I/O channels each and 32M of test vector memory per channel. The ABTS offers the option of high voltage
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