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Cascade Microtech, Inc., a leading expert at enabling precision measurements of integrated circuits at the wafer level, and the nanoelectronics research center imec, today announced they have entered into a collaborative research partnership for testing and characterization of 3D IC test structures. Imec will work closely with Cascade Microtech to develop test methods and methodologies for emerging 3D Through-Silicon-Via (TSV) structures, and to lead the way in development of global standards for 3D IC development and production test.

Cascade Microtech Partners with imec for 3D-TSV Probe Solutions

Beaverton, OR | Posted on March 7th, 2011

Demand for tablet PCs and smartphones is driving processor vendors to utilize 3D-TSV techniques to stack memory on processors, achieving higher performance without the need for node shrinks. 3D-TSV stacked ICs, still an emerging technology, allow multiple chips to be stacked and integrated into a single package, reducing the form factor, reducing power consumption and increasing the bandwidth of inter-chip communication by eliminating connections through the circuit board. Chip stacking with 3D-TSV interconnects requires Known-Good Die (KGD) wafer probing with high test coverage before stacking in order to achieve practical stack yields. The high density of TSV interconnects has challenged conventional probe card architectures thus limiting electrical test access.

The complexities of test inherent in new 3D-TSV IC designs will be a key focus of the research project that will take place at imec's research facilities in Belgium, where silicon wafers with test probe structures of 40 micron pitch and smaller will be manufactured and tested. In the process of ongoing research, imec will install the first turnkey 3D test solution comprising of a 3D-TSV probe station and a new 3D-TSV probe card from Cascade Microtech. The probe station and probe cards will be used to characterize the TSV in the chip stacks as part of ongoing efforts to optimize 3D stacked IC performance and reliability.

"The complexity of the 3D-system supply chain is reflected in the partner portfolio of imec's 3D research program where leading IDMs, foundries, fabless companies, OSATs, equipment and material suppliers as well as EDA companies partner to develop and improve 3D technologies. A good alignment of these multi-disciplinary forces is required to make 3D system integration an industrial reality," said Erik Jan Marinissen, imec Principal Scientist. "The collaboration with Cascade Microtech in this early phase of engineering and development will enable us to identify challenges and provide solutions for test issues that are specific for 3D integrated systems. Enabling probing solutions for high-density interfaces, minimizing the impact of pre-bond testing on stacking yield and test access to buried layers are key challenges for testing 3D systems that we will address through this collaboration.

"Ongoing research is critical for Cascade Microtech's 3D-TSV solution path, and imec is a key collaboration partner for our development efforts, given its history of successful research collaboration, its superior research facilities, its commitment to the semiconductor industry and the expertise of its staff," said Michael Burger, President and CEO, Cascade Microtech, Inc. "In recent years, probing and test were viewed as a major barrier to 3D-TSV development and manufacturing. We are looking forward to breaking through the barrier, paving the way for our mutual customers to quickly achieve extremely cost-effective 3D-TSV test solutions."

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About Cascade Microtech, Inc.
Cascade Microtech, Inc. (cascademicrotech.com) is a worldwide leader in the precise electrical and mechanical 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, ICs, IC packages, circuit boards and modules, MEMS, 3D TSV, LED devices and more. Cascade Microtech’s leading-edge semiconductor production test products include unique probe cards and test sockets that reduce manufacturing costs of high-speed and high-density semiconductor chips.

About Imec

Imec performs world-leading research in nanoelectronics. Imec leverages its scientific knowledge with the innovative power of its global partnerships in ICT, healthcare and energy. Imec delivers industry-relevant technology solutions. In a unique high-tech environment, its international top talent is committed to providing the building blocks for a better life in a sustainable society. Imec (imec.be) is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, and has offices in Belgium, the Netherlands, Taiwan, US, China and Japan. Its staff of more than 1,750 people includes over 550 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2009, imec's revenue (P&L) was 275 million euro.

Imec is a registered trademark for the activities of IMEC International (a legal entity set up under Belgian law as a “stichting van openbaar nut”), imec Belgium (IMEC vzw supported by the Flemish Government), imec the Netherlands (Stichting IMEC Nederland, part of Holst Centre which is supported by the Dutch Government), imec Taiwan (IMEC Taiwan Co.) and imec China (IMEC Microelectronics (Shangai) Co. Ltd.).

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Cascade Microtech, Inc.
2430 NW 206th Avenue
Beaverton, Oregon 97006, USA
Phone: 1-503-601-1000
Fax: 1-503-601-1002

Laurie A. Winton
Cascade Microtech, Inc.
P: (503) 601-1934
E: laurie.winton[.]cmicro.com.

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