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Fully integrated measurement system introduced

Posted: 02 Jun 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flicker noise  background noise 

Cascade Microtech introduces the EDGE Flicker Noise Measurement System, the only flicker noise measurement system that is certified to provide accurate measurements from 1Hz to 30MHz, according to the company.

Cascade Microtech adds that it is the industry's only fully integrated measurement system. In contrast to traditional flicker noise measurement solutions, which are bolted-together systems comprising system elements from up to five different vendors, the EDGE Flicker Noise Measurement System is a turn-key solution. Seamless integration of the wafer probe station, instruments, software and accessories is overlaid with service and support in the form of site surveys, pre- and post-measurement optimisation and continuing application support.

"Flicker noise is a particularly intricate parameter to characterise. Having worked closely with Cascade Microtech on the first deployment of its EDGE Flicker Noise Measurement system, we can have confidence in the measurements this system produces," said Dr. Michael Cheng, senior director, device technology division at Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing. "This enables us to provide our customers with substantially more information on the devices' flicker noise performance, which is critical in the design of low-noise, high-performance circuits."

A turn-key, one-vendor system, the EDGE Flicker Noise Measurement System provides access to flicker noise data over the 1Hz to 30MHz with low background noise, typically less than 1.2nV/rtHz at 100kHz and above. This wide frequency range and low background noise, says Cascade Microtech, allows customers to increase device performance, command higher margins and reduce time to market.

The EDGE Flicker Noise Measurement System comes with full support, both pre- and post-sale, and expert advice. This includes device and lab site evaluation, pre- and post-sale training and 100 hours of ongoing application and technical support for the complete system from one vendor. The EDGE Flicker Noise Management System sells for Rs.4.80 crore ($1.2 million).

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