TESEC Corporation today announced the development and sales of the ULTRA MEMS handler, targeting Inertial (Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Magnetometer) MEMS devices. The ULTRA handler was designed jointly by TESEC and FocusTest, Inc. The ULTRA is a carrier based system with parallel test capabilities for 16, 32, 64 and 96 devices. The system will be available for demonstration and shipment mid-2013.
The overall MEMS market is the fastest growing portion of the semiconductor market, with 2012 revenues of $11.5B and an expected growth rate exceeding 10% for the next several years. According to TESEC’s Director of Sales, Keizo Yamaguchi, “the MEMS handling market is expanding rapidly and with the introduction of the ULTRA, TESEC intends to become a significant supplier to this segment.”
The ULTRA handler provides MEMS device suppliers with a significant throughput enhancement, as a significant portion of devices are being tested today on systems that provide only four to sixteen parallel processing. In addition to significantly higher parallel performance, the ULTRA offers a host of features aimed at higher performance and lower test time. With ±360 degree, 3 axis rotation the ULTRA is capable of providing stimulus for accelerometers and gyroscopes. A magnetic stimulus unit adds magnetometer test capability, making the ULTRA the industry’s first 9 degrees of freedom (DOF) capable system.
Future versions of the ULTRA are planned to expand coverage to address pressure sensor and high G MEMS devices.
“FocusTest brings 20 years of MEMS handling, stimulus and test experience to the ULTRA,” said Richard Chrusciel, ULTRA Product Development Manager, adding: “our partnership with TESEC brings over 40 years of experience and achievement in semiconductor handling, as well as a worldwide organization. The fusion of FocusTest and TESEC will bring world class automation to the MEMS handling market.”
The ULTRA handling and stimulus system is available in ambient and full tri-temperature configurations. Best of all, the unit is priced to avoid sticker shock, with base system configurations targeted to be of equal to or lower cost than current market products.
TESEC will provide world-wide sales/distribution, manufacturing and support for the ULTRA. FocusTest will provide MEMS and test cell specific engineering and applications.