ESI's LaserMill Production Qualified for Cleaning Cascade Microtech's Advanced Probe Tips

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:ESIO), a leading provider of world-class photonic and laser systems for microengineering applications, today announced its LaserMill system has been production qualified for the cleaning of Cascade Microtech's advanced probe tips. Based on the success of the system, Cascade Microtech - a leading provider of advanced wafer probing solutions - has implemented the LaserMill as the process tool of record for probe tip cleaning in its Beaverton, Ore. manufacturing facility.

“As the leader in advanced wafer probing solutions, our customers rely on our products to electrically test chips in both engineering and production environments,” explained Jamey Eriksen, probes manufacturing engineering manager at Cascade Microtech, Inc. “After researching all the currently available techniques, Cascade has chosen to adopt ESI’s laser-based solution as the fastest, most reliable and lowest cost-of-ownership probe tip cleaning process in the manufacturing of our advanced probe cards. We look forward to furthering our relationship with ESI and to developing next-generation technologies that continue to expand our market leadership.”

Michael Stubelt, marketing director of ESI’s New Wave Research Division noted, "This production qualification is an example of how our close customer relationships enable us to develop disruptive solutions that address key needs in the market. The LaserMill system was specifically modified to run fully-automated repair and cleaning applications on Cascade’s probe cards. By leveraging our technology portfolio, we developed a new solution with significant cost-of-ownership and yield benefits and penetrated a previously untapped market for ESI. Cascade Microtech is a valued partner and we will continue to work to provide innovative solutions that enable our global customers’ manufacturing goals.”

LaserMill Micromachining System

ESI’s LaserMill micromachining system provides a turnkey solution equipped with a solid-state YAG laser, 3-axis stages and video-microscope with zoom magnification, all completely software controlled. Providing a compact, solid-state laser alternative to excimer lasers, the LaserMill enables cutting, drilling, scribing, microchanneling, ablation and other precision applications at the lowest cost-of-ownership.

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