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University Selects Cascade Microtech Summit 11000 Series Probe Station for RF Measurement

Published on January 6, 2009 at 8:13 PM

Cascade Microtech (NASDAQ: CSCD) today announced that Peking University has selected the award-winning Summit™ 11000 Series probe station for their Institute of Microelectronics RF Measurement Lab. The system was selected based on its ability to provide the precision and versatility needed for the advanced semiconductor processes and aggressively scaled devices in development at Peking University. The Summit 11000 Series' unique, patented MicroChamber® chuck enclosure ensures moisture-free, light-tight EMI-protected measurements. In addition, Peking University relies on the industry-standard Infinity Probes and WinCal XE™ software to deliver advanced RF measurement accuracy and productivity through guided system setup, automatic calibration and validation.

"Noise, leakage, stray capacitance and measurement settling times are increasingly challenging for us in our advanced device designs," said Ph. D, Junhua Liu, Institute of Microelectronics Peking University, Beijing. "We chose the Cascade Microtech Summit 11000 Series because the solution has been proven through technical evaluation, and is known for its capability to measure low leakage devices in a controlled environment. Given the educational focus of this lab, Cascade Microtech's renowned measurement and application expertise was critical to the success of the program."

The lab will be equipped with high-performance, high-frequency measurement instrumentation, including Cascade Microtech's Summit 11000 Series probe station, Infinity probes, and the new WinCal XE software. As part of the collaborative partnership both organizations will offer application training and workshops. Cascade Microtech has developed a process by which students will learn device characterization, modeling, process development, design de-bug or IC failure analysis.

"Cascade Microtech's industry-standard Summit 11000 Series wafer probing systems are in use at virtually all leading semiconductor manufacturing and design sites worldwide. Application and testing within the university environment will provide a unique learning opportunity for students as well as the local test community," said Geoff Wild, CEO, Cascade Microtech. "By working closely with Peking University, we will provide technical expertise and best-in-class solutions through joint initiatives being planned to share our knowledge and expertise with this highly regarded technical university and the communities it serves."

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