2 September 2010


Presto to support characterization and production testing for WIN’s GaAs foundry customers

A strategic collaboration has been agreed for semiconductor product engineering firm Presto Engineering of San Jose, CA, USA to deliver characterization and testing services for companies developing products using GaAs technology from Taiwan's WIN Semiconductors Corp, the world’s largest pure-play gallium arsenide foundry.

The agreement covers wafer-level and packaged-part development activities, including design characterization and production testing. WIN's customers can now gain access to highly specialized GaAs testing services from the Presto Engineering Hubs in Silicon Valley and Grenoble, France.

“As WIN continues to see strong growth in its major market sectors it is committed to providing cost-effective solutions that meet customers’ needs,” says WIN’s VP of sales & marketing Brian Lee. “The collaboration between WIN and Presto Engineering is that type of innovative approach that provides our customers with a one-stop solution for fab, characterization and testing services,” he adds. 

“We are seeing a significant increase in our RF services business, driven by the overwhelming demand on the semiconductor industry to deliver innovative devices to meet the needs for increased communication bandwidth and cost-effectiveness,” says Presto’s founder & CEO Dr Michel Villemain. “Our staff is looking forward to working closely with the WIN team, as time-to-production will be critical for our mutual customer’s success.”

The Presto Hubs offer customers the ability to use high-frequency test and measurement equipment (e.g. network analyzer, pattern generator, BERT), as well as RF-ATE; Roos Instruments Cassini platform, supporting DC to 100GHz source and measure, and the  Verigy 93K Port Scale RF test system. The firm's technical staff can also assist with test program development, probe card design using GGB and Cascade Microtech high-frequency probe systems, load board development and automatic handler support.

Additional Presto Hub services include stress testing required for engineering and product qualification, covering reliability testing for temperature, environmental and electrical stresses, as well as both physical and electrical fault isolation and failure analysis.

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