Probe supplier Cascade Microtech targets lower costs and increased access

(October 11, 2010 – Marketwire) — Cascade Microtech Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD) announced new programs to drive down ownership costs for its wafer-, package– and board-level test products and provide customers with increased access to experts in probe technology. The new programs involve direct sales channels and a repair program, among other efforts.

In a global response to market requirements to reduce the cost-of-ownership while at the same time meeting the ever-demanding complex probing challenges, Cascade Microtech is implementing three new programs.

In response to cost-of-test pressures on our global customers, Cascade Microtech is reducing the cost-of-ownership by implementing a direct sales channel for purchasing engineering probes and various accessories. Customers will be able to buy our probes at the same global price from any of our worldwide locations. In addition, the same global price model will apply to impedance standard substrates and any probe accessories including RF cables, WinCal, positioners and adapters if ordered at the same time as probes.

Cascade Microtech recently launched its new probe repair program to help customers extend the life of their probe inventory and help lower the cost-of-ownership with fixed prices for Air Coplanar Probe (ACP) and Infinity Probe repairs. All probes will be repaired to meet original specifications. Simply contact a Cascade Microtech probe expert directly.

Cascade Microtech technical application probe experts are available at all worldwide offices. Cascade Microtech offers more than 50 different RF analytical probe models with hundreds of possible configurations for wafer-, package-, and board-level measurement. Cascade Microtech’s probe families include Infinity Probes, Air Coplanar probes and |Z| Probes; and multi-contact probes such as Unity, Multi-|Z| Probe, and Eye-Pass probess.

"By establishing a more direct relationship, the sales, applications and marketing teams at our worldwide locations will become even closer to our customers," said Michael Burger, president and CEO, "Our new engagement model will bring a better understanding of customer requirements to the Cascade Microtech team while in turn providing our customers improved service and significant improvements in probe cost-of-ownership."

Terms and conditions for all new probe programs can be found on the Cascade Microtech website: www.cascademicrotech.com.

Cascade also recently released a new contacting technology for its Pyramid probe cards.

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