Open, platform-based approach combines modular instrumentation and
system design software for RF and mixed-signal production test
AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
NI (Nasdaq:NATI), the provider of solutions that enable engineers and
scientists to solve the world's greatest engineering challenges, today
announced the NI Semiconductor Test System (STS) series. These PXI-based
automated test systems reduce test cost for RF and mixed-signal devices
by opening access to NI- and industry-offered PXI modules in
semiconductor production test environments. Compared to conventional
semiconductor automated test equipment (ATE), STS lead users are
experiencing reduced production costs and increased throughput and can
now perform both characterization and production with the same hardware
and software tools. This decreases data correlation time and time to
Open, platform-based approach combines modular instrumentation and system design software for RF and mixed-signal production test (Photo: Business Wire)
"As integrated circuit complexity grows exponentially, cost-effective
ATE that provides optimal test coverage in applications from design
verification to end-of-line production test is increasingly important,"
said Dr. Hans-Peter Kreuter, senior design and application engineer for
automotive body power products at Infineon Technologies. "For
mixed-signal test, the PXI-based STS outperforms what we typically see
in traditional ATE with optimal test coverage at a very low cost."
The open, modular architecture of STS gives engineers access to
instrumentation, unlike traditional ATE with its closed
architecture. This is particularly important for RF and mixed-signal
test, as the requirements of the latest semiconductor technologies often
outpace the test coverage provided by traditional ATE. Powered by TestStand
test management software and LabVIEW
system design software, STS comes with a rich set of features for
semiconductor production environments, including a customizable operator
interface, handler/prober integration, device-centric programming with
pin-channel mapping, standard test data format reporting and integrated
multisite support. With these features, engineers can quickly develop,
debug and deploy test programs, shortening overall time to market.
Additionally with the fully enclosed "zero-footprint" test head,
standard interfacing and docking mechanics, STS comes ready to integrate
into a semiconductor production test cell.
"Traditional ATE systems require major costly retooling efforts on the
test floor as generations of test systems become obsolete or unable to
meet new test requirements, but the nature of the open PXI architecture
of the STS helps us retain our original investment and build upon it,
rather than throw it away," said Glen Peer, director of test for
Integrated Device Technology (IDT). "It provides the flexibility we need
to reconfigure and grow our test platforms in parallel with our growing
The STS series includes three different models named T1, T2 and T4,
which accommodate one, two and four PXI chassis, respectively. These
varying sizes, along with common software, instrumentation and
interconnect mechanics across all STS models give engineers the ability
to optimize for a wide range of pin-count and site-count requirements.
Additionally, the scalability of STS makes it practical to deploy from
characterization to production with the benefit of not only optimized
cost, but greatly simplified data correlation to further shorten time to
To ensure customer success, NI provides training, products and services
supported by NI engineering professionals and NI Alliance Partners
throughout the world.
For availability and configuration assistance, contact your local NI
To learn more about the NI Semiconductor Test System, visit www.ni.com/sts.
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