GaAs test services debut from WIN Semiconductors, Presto Engineering

(September 1, 2010 – BUSINESS WIRE) — WIN Semiconductors Corp., a pure-play Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) foundry, and Presto Engineering, a semiconductor product engineering company, formed a strategic collaboration to deliver characterization and testing services for companies developing products utilizing GaAs technology from WIN. The agreement covers wafer-level and packaged part development activities, including design characterization and production testing.

Customers of WIN Semiconductors can now gain access to these highly specialized GaAs testing services from the Presto Engineering Hubs in Silicon Valley and in Grenoble, France.  

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"The collaboration between WIN and Presto Engineering is that type of innovative approach that provides our customers with a one-stop solution for fab, characterization and testing services," stated Brian Lee, WIN’s VP of sales and marketing.

The Presto Hubs offer high-frequency test and measurement equipment (e.g. network analyzer, pattern generator, BERT), as well as leading edge RF-ATE; Roos Instruments Cassini platform, supporting DC to 100GHz source and measure, and the Verigy 93K Port Scale RF test system. Presto technical staff can also assist with test program development, probe card design utilizing GGB and Cascade Microtech high frequency probe systems, load board development and automatic handler support.

Additional Hub services offered by Presto include stress testing required for engineering and product qualification, covering reliability testing for temperature, environmental and electrical stresses, as well as both physical and electrical fault isolation and failure analysis.

“We are seeing a significant increase in our RF services business, driven by the overwhelming demand on the semiconductor industry to deliver innovative devices to meet the needs for increased communication bandwidth and cost-effectiveness. Our staff is looking forward to working closely with the WIN team, as time-to-production will be critical for our mutual customer’s success,” stated Dr. Michel Villemain, Presto Engineering founder and CEO.

Presto Engineering, delivers integrated test and product engineering solutions to IDM and fabless companies. More information can be found at www.presto-eng.com

WIN Semiconductors Corp. has established an advanced GaAs wafer fab in recognition of the growing demand for low cost manufacturing of high speed and high quality GaAs monolithic microwave ICs (MMICs) and RFICs. WIN provides dedicated foundry services to design houses as well as IDM partners. WIN supplies HBT and pHEMT MMIC fabrication services to worldwide IC manufacturers, using state-of-the-art GaAs process technology. For more details, go to www.winfoundry.com

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