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Posted: January 6, 2009

Peking University Selects Cascade Microtech for RF Measurement Collaboration

(Nanowerk News) Cascade Microtech today announced that Peking University has selected the award-winning Summit™ 11000 Series probe station for their Institute of Microelectronics RF Measurement Lab. The system was selected based on its ability to provide the precision and versatility needed for the advanced semiconductor processes and aggressively scaled devices in development at Peking University. The Summit 11000 Series' unique, patented MicroChamberŽ chuck enclosure ensures moisture-free, light-tight EMI-protected measurements. In addition, Peking University relies on the industry-standard Infinity Probes and WinCal XE™ software to deliver advanced RF measurement accuracy and productivity through guided system setup, automatic calibration and validation.
"Noise, leakage, stray capacitance and measurement settling times are increasingly challenging for us in our advanced device designs," said Ph. D, Junhua Liu, Institute of Microelectronics Peking University, Beijing. "We chose the Cascade Microtech Summit 11000 Series because the solution has been proven through technical evaluation, and is known for its capability to measure low leakage devices in a controlled environment. Given the educational focus of this lab, Cascade Microtech's renowned measurement and application expertise was critical to the success of the program."
The lab will be equipped with high-performance, high-frequency measurement instrumentation, including Cascade Microtech's Summit 11000 Series probe station, Infinity probes, and the new WinCal XE software. As part of the collaborative partnership both organizations will offer application training and workshops. Cascade Microtech has developed a process by which students will learn device characterization, modeling, process development, design de-bug or IC failure analysis.
"Cascade Microtech's industry-standard Summit 11000 Series wafer probing systems are in use at virtually all leading semiconductor manufacturing and design sites worldwide. Application and testing within the university environment will provide a unique learning opportunity for students as well as the local test community," said Geoff Wild, CEO, Cascade Microtech. "By working closely with Peking University, we will provide technical expertise and best-in-class solutions through joint initiatives being planned to share our knowledge and expertise with this highly regarded technical university and the communities it serves."
About Institute of Microelectronics, Peking University
Institute of Microelectronics, Peking University has undertaken 7 relevant projects under State 863 Plan, National Natural Science Foundation and Beijing Municipality respectively in the direction of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFIC) research, successfully developed digital mobile TV tuner chips, 900MHz passive RF electronic tag chips, reader-writer chips and GPS multi-mode navigation chips. The RF Lab has already applied 26 national patents and published more than 40 technical papers, resulting in its leading position among domestic institutions and universities. The RF Lab works closely with such industry-leading companies as Samsung, Intel and Fujitsu, while maintaining long-term academic exchanges and exchange visits with University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and City University of Hong Kong. There are already 5 doctorial graduates and 10 master graduates now working in several well-known RF circuits design companies, such as Samsung, Marvell and MediaTek etc. Official website: http://www.pku.edu.cn
Source: Cascade Microtech (press release)
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