Posted: September 24, 2009

KAUST Selects Cascade Microtech for Materials Analysis and Semiconductor Research

(Nanowerk News) Cascade Microtech, Inc. today announced King Abdullah University of Science and Technology's selection of multiple probe stations to support measurements in the area of materials analysis, nano-technologies and semiconductor research. Proven performance capability in multiple microwave and DC applications combined with the flexibility to address diverse applications led this new university to choose Cascade Microtech as a partner in providing the most technologically advanced wafer-probing equipment.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia is a recently-opened international, graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement with local and global benefits. Their test labs will be equipped with high-performance, high-frequency measurement instrumentation, including multiple Cascade Microtech probe stations, eVue™ digital imaging systems, and thermal control systems. As part of the initial partnership, both organizations will collaborate to offer application training and product demonstrations. Cascade Microtech will work closely with KAUST to develop an initial set of test protocols to demonstrate testing in new areas of research to include nano-structured materials, magnetism and magnetic materials, and fabrication of mono-dispersed nano-particles.
"Cascade Microtech met the probe station performance requirements necessary to cover multiple microwave and DC disciplines," said Professor Xixiang Zhang, lab manager of the Advanced NanoFabrication Center at KAUST. "My team was impressed with the capabilities of the Cascade Microtech probe equipment; the flexibility, the ease of use, the thermal measurement capability, and the eVue digital imaging system. More importantly, we were impressed with the knowledge level and support of their field applications team. Given the research focus of this lab, Cascade Microtech's measurement and application expertise is important to the success of our program."
"It is a privilege to be a part of this unique research and learning environment, where advanced wafer probing techniques in R&D engineering of semiconductors will be used by students for training and research," said Geoff Wild, CEO, Cascade Microtech. "We are excited to be a part of the expansion of high technology in the Middle East. We look forward to sharing our 25 years of innovation and technology expertise with KAUST as they develop into an international center of excellence for semiconductor manufacturing and design."
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is being built in Saudi Arabia as an international, graduate-level research university dedicated to inspiring a new age of scientific achievement in the Kingdom, across the region and around the globe. As an independent, merit-based institution, KAUST will enable top researchers from around the globe and across all cultures to work together to solve challenging scientific and technological problems. The KAUST global research and education network will support diverse talents both on its campus and at other top universities and research institutions through collaborative research agreements, grants, and student scholarship programs. The core campus, located on more than 36 million square meters on the Red Sea at Thuwal, opened in September 2009.
About Cascade Microtech
Cascade Microtech, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the precise electrical measurement and test of integrated circuits (ICs) and other small structures. For technology businesses and scientific institutions that need to evaluate small structures, Cascade Microtech delivers access to electrical data from wafers, integrated circuits (ICs), IC packages, circuit boards and modules, MEMS, biological structures, electro-optic devices and more. Cascade Microtech's leading-edge semiconductor production test consumables include unique probe cards and test sockets that reduce manufacturing costs of high-speed and high-density semiconductor chips.
Source: Cascade (press release)
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