Xcerra™ CTO, Dr. Reinhart Richter to Present at Test Vision 2020

“Does the Internet of Things force us to rethink our test strategies?”

Xcerra™ Corporation today announced that Dr. Reinhart Richter will present at the upcoming Test Vision 2020 conference, scheduled to take place July 9 and 10 in San Francisco. The presentation will be held in the “loT Related Subjects” session on Thursday, July 10 from 3:00 to 4:15 pm.

Dr. Richter will focus how the new sensors devices that are required to support the loT can be tested and calibrated efficiently. Sensor test typically includes providing a defined stimulus signal while the device is being tested not only to validate the device function but also to calibrate its output signals.

Over the past two decades handler manufactures have provided test handlers, with a stimulus module. Some sensor handling equipment has also been built for specific stimuli and using traditional pick & place concepts.

It is clear though that standard gravity, pick & place and turret handlers were designed for different applications – other package types, test times, tester constraints, temperature requirements etc.

While testers can be reconfigured and re-used, it is not uncommon that test handlers cannot be upgraded to meet the next generation requirements and are essentially obsoleted by device package outlines shrinking beyond the practical capability of the handling concept initially chosen for the first generation sensor device.

In the presentation Dr. Richter will discuss application areas and limits of “classical” gravity, pick & place or turret sensor handling with a stimulus box and their economics. The alternatives include sensor calibration by electrical stimulus, wafer level stimulus; strip testing and carrier based testing. Pro‘s and con‘s will be reviewed in detail.

Dr. Richter will also review challenges of upcoming sensor fusion into single packages (“combos”) and the integration with radios and uControllers as driven by the loT.

Reinhart Richter is Chief Technical Officer of the Xcerra Corporation. He holds a doctorate degree in Solid State Physics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. After graduation, Reinhart worked for three years in a project on the industrialization of neutron radiography. He then worked several years as a consultant on using statistics and statistics software in quality control, engineering and research and later moved into an account management position for these products in the semiconductor industry. At KLA-Tencor Corp. he served as account and sales manager, director of a business unit, and director of operations in Central Europe. In 2002 he joined Multitest as Vice President for Sales, Service and Marketing. 2011 he was appointed CEO of Multitest.

Xcerra™ President and CEO, Dave Tacelli to Join Panel Discussion at Semicon West

Panel “Testing the Future” hosted by CAST

Xcerra Corporation today announced that Dave Tacelli will join the panel discussion “Testing into the Future” at the upcoming Semicon West Show, scheduled to take place July 8 to 10 in San Francisco. The panel discussion will be part of the TechXpot North session “Seeking Growth” on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm hosted by Collaborative Alliance for Semiconductor Test (CAST).

This session will start with updates on the ITRS and CAST activities. The historical barriers between Fab, Assembly and Test are breaking down as new technologies are adopted. The ITRS Test Roadmap identifies these technologies and CAST activities are directed towards pre-competitive solutions to enable them.

The presentations will lead into the panel session that will discuss the business implications and opportunities.

David G. Tacelli was appointed president and chief executive officer of LTX Corporation in November 2005 and continued in that capacity following the formation of LTX-Credence™ in August 2008. In December 2013 the Company closed on the acquisition on Multitest and Everett Charles Technologies more than doubling the Company size and its addressable market. In May 2014 Xcerra Corporation, the umbrella company of LTX-Credence, Multitest, Everett Charles Technologies and atg Luther & Maelzer was established. Continuing the role of president and CEO, Tacelli is responsible for shaping the company’s vision and strategy for developing innovative semiconductor test solutions including tester, handling equipment and interface products, as well as, the Company’s printed circuit boards (PCB) testers and printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) fixture design and fabrication services.

High Reliability Combined with Longest Life Cycle

Everett Charles Technologies releases new high reliability standard connector family

Everett Charles Technologies (ECT) introduces a new modular connector family for a broad range of applications in the electrical market. These connectors are dedicated to provide highest reliability  and life cycle of more than 100k cycles and therefore are the superior solution for any high cycle deployment. ECT leverages the experience with the existing high performance contact sto offer these new modular connectors. The adjustable architecture ensures both, economies of scale and customized fit to existing environment.

Technically the reliability is based on multiple features, such as active biasing to allow for continual internal contact, a deep draw plunger make for a low mass had to cope with shock and vibration as well as an advanced compliance to overcome planarity issues.

Each contact is capable to carry 10 Amps. The contact point pitches down to .100‘ are supported. Various footprints are available from 1 x 2 to 2 x 10 and can be combined with one of three end configurations: long through hole, standards through hole and surface mount. The “Quick Builder” on the ECT website helps to define the details to request for a quote.


Tony deRosa, Product Manager, comments: “With this new connector family we build on our long-term expertise to ensure highest reliability. Additionally, we modular concept allows for easy customization of a standard product to benefit from economy of scale. We are able to support low and mid volumes as well as large scale production in a very cost-efficient way.”