The 6th Annual IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandage Power Devices & Applications
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center
Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2018
For Immediate Release
Reedholm Systems: WBG Collaboration with Piner Research Group of Texas State University
July 17, 2018 Georgetown, TX – Reedholm Systems announces, effective immediately, that the Company has formally engaged with The Piner Research Group (located on the Texas State University Campus) to develop reliability methods and standards for production test of WBG devices (wide band gap) as well as to provide technical consulting services to Reedholm Systems.
The parties recognize the unique needs and challenges faced by WBG device manufacturers and Reedholm Systems‘ need to refine its measurement instrumentation and long-term reliability stress capabilities specifically for the GaN, SiC, GaN on Si, and other WBG devices & materials. The terms of the Agreement with The Piner Research Group also call for Reedholm Systems to install one of its industry leading 10kV/50A WBG Parametric Test Systems for process control and die sort measurements of WBG devices. The system can also be extended for reliability stress test requirements for HTOL, HTRB, and HTGB requirements (depicted below) for WBG research projects undertaken by Reedholm Systems personnel, the Piner Research Group and Texas State University PhD students.
About Reedholm Systems
Since 1983, Reedholm is one of the pioneers of production parametric test. Located in Georgetown, just up the road from Austin TX, Reedholm Systems provides parametric and reliability test systems, including systems designed for high power wide band gap requirements.
About Piner Research Group
Dr. Piner’s group is principally focused on research and technology development in the growth and characterization, semiconductor fabrication, and performance optimization and reliability of wide bandgap materials for solid-state device applications. Prior to joining Texas State University, Dr. Piner spent a decade as the Director of Advanced
Technology for Nitronex, a leading WBG device manufacturer. He also worked as a research engineer and project manager at ATMI specializing in III-V Nitride epitaxial processes.
About Texas State University Materials Science, Engineering and Commercialization Program
Texas State University has made materials science and engineering research, education and commercialization a priority. Emerging advanced materials have the potential to dramatically affect all segments of the economy. Texas State recognizes the need to develop the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs to drive economic development, not only in Central Texas, but across the United States, moving new materials quickly into solutions needed today.
Contact: James Reedholm – CEO
PO Box 1202 Georgetown TX 78627
Contact: Dr Eddie Piner – Professor
Texas State University – Department of Physics
San Marcos, TX 78666
CS Mantech – Booth 713
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX USA
May 7-10, 2018
Reedholm Systems is continuing life, support, and industry -proven measurement instrumentation through component modernization. The DMM-16-SMT is the first of the Reedholm instruments to undergo this upgrade which will provide seamless integration into existing equipment and allow support of the architecture well into the future…
- Supply of direct replacement components is becoming unfeasible due to the component life cycle and package availability (through-hole).
- Surface mount manufacturing will bring instrumentation in line with modern processes and procedures.
- Design DMM-16 with direct functional replacement hardware.
- Validate backwards compatibility with Reedholm software, calibration, diagnostics and measurement tools.
- Update software only as needed to support hardware integration.
How it Works
- Integrate modern, surface-mount components that replicate the measurement performance of existing tools.
- Validate performance and compatibility across multiple tool sets and range of measurements.
- Demonstrate long-term stability across temperature and operational conditions to match or exceed existing performance.
- New instrumentation design will be available as a direct replacement for existing hardware to allow seamless upgrade and minimal down-time.
- Greater hardware availability.
- Existing support from component vendors of contemporarily sourced components.
Sourcing modern components using SMT processing technologies will deliver superior performance and reliability.
Components, design elements, and interfaces are being designed to deliver equal or better performance than existing tools. No shortcuts for cost or size means no expected loss in measurement continuity between old and new instruments.
Modern SMT components with equal or better device performance will yield a system that will deliver superior net measurement capability.
New parts are widely available with long expected lifetimes to allow new instruments to be designed, built, and supported without concern of component sourcing or availability.
A sustainable manufacturing capability with modern components will expand to the balance of the Reedholm instruments over time.
For Immediate Release
Reedholm Systems Joint Marketing Agreement with STAr Technologies
October 6, 2017 Georgetown, TX – Reedholm Systems announces effective immediately that the Company has signed a joint marketing and support agreement with STAr Technologies. The intent of the agreement is to offer customers a turn-key offering comprised of a test system, prober/handler, and load board/probe card, with characterized, assured performance of all three items. The combined offerings shall be under the Reedholm Systems brand, regardless of where the products are sold for activities such as:
- Process control monitoring (PCM)
- Wafer level die sort
- Packaged part/final test
- Reliability (packaged and wafer level)
For the burgeoning Wide Band Gap power device marketplace, customers are demanding newly designed products with safety requirements in mind for applications that involve measurements of 10kV and 50A of current, or more. Reedholm and STAr strive to evolve the supply of such tools on a broader basis and share details about evolving customer needs.
Reedholm’s products include a series of parametric test systems (RI-40, RI-75, RI-EG) that are used for the gamut of dc parametric test requirements. The latest system – the Reedholm RI-10kV/50A model – addresses both vertical and lateral GaN and SiC device test requirements. STAr’s offerings include the Virgo series parametric and reliability probe cards, Aries series wafer-sort / function tests probe cards, and the Magic A-series, P-series and X-series Probe Station.
STAr will have primary market responsibility in the Pacific Rim markets (Taiwan, Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, along with access to Thailand and Philippines), while Reedholm will have primary responsibility for North American markets. The parties will work together to address how to best serve customers in Europe and markets outside of North America and the Pacific Rim.
About Reedholm Systems
Since 1983, Reedholm is one of the pioneers of production parametric test. Reedholm Systems provides new and fully refurbished parametric and WLR test systems, high power wide band gap test systems, as well as comprehensive support and service agreements.
About STAr Technologies
Headquartered in Hsinchu City Taiwan and established in 2000, STAr Technologies provides intellectual property, software, hardware, consumables, service and expertise to meet the requirements and challenges within the semiconductor industries. STAr expertise extends across parametric electrical tests (E-test), wafer-level and package-level reliability (WLR & PLR), mixed signal tests, assembly and packaging services, probe cards, load boards, test interfaces and sockets. Major customers include top tier players in the semiconductor industries such as tsmc, UMC, Global Foundries, SMIC, KYEC, ASE, Samsung, Hynix, Elpida, Toshiba, Renesas, Maxim, OmniVision, etc.
Contact: Dr ChoonLeong Lou – CEO
2F., No.101, Gongdao 5th Rd., Sec. 2, Hsinchu City 30070, Taiwan, Republic of China
Toll-free: 0800-788-889 (within Taiwan only)