ECT Launches Versatile RF Probes Semiconductor Test

Z1 and Z0 Probes leverages ECT‘s flat technology to achieve the next level performance

Everett Charles Technologies (ECT) launches two new members of the ZIP™ probe family designed to meet signal integrity challenges driven by the ever increasing speed of semiconductors devices. Z0 and Z1 probes are a cost effective solution that provide excellent mechanical reliability and electrical performance.

Tony DeRosa, Senior Product Manager points out: “While conventional round probe technology restricts travel and only allows for a small internal contact area, ZIP™ based on ECT’s flat technology offers generous travel and a large contact area. The result is excellent electrical performance for the critical parameters of bandwidth, contact resistance and current capacity. The manufacturing processes used to fabrication ZIP™ probes are extremely repeatable and stable ensuring probe to probe consistency. We have over four decades of spring probe engineering experience. Our patented, innovative flat probe technology optimized electrical and mechanical performance. ECT offers ZIP in two high performance versions: Z1 and Z0”.

Z1 is ECT’s high bandwidth series with a test height of 2.7 mm. It offers an insertion loss of approximately 30 Ghz at -1 dB. Z0 is ECT’s ultra-high bandwidth series. Z0’s short test height of 1.5 mm and 0.60 nH of inductance provides an insertion loss of 40 Ghz at -1 dB. The probes are available for semiconductor packages with a pitch down to 0.4 mm and are applicable for a wide range of RF testing of applications from lab and characterization to burn-in to high volume final test.

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Everett Charles Technologies Releases HyperCore™ Material to Full ZIP™ Probe Product Line

Premium Performance for Semiconductor Test Based on Superior Probe Material

Everett Charles Technologies (ECT) releases the HyperCore™ material to the full ZIP™ product line. ZIP™ is an ECT single probe family that is dedicated to semiconductor test applications. HyperCore™ is an innovative, non-plated and homogenous probe material optimized for longer probe life, longer cleaning cycles and reliable contact.

HyperCore™ leverages ECT’s extensive knowledge of contact materials. This proprietary material possesses properties that prevent oxidation, ensuring premium performance throughput high volume production cycles. With its 600 Knoop hardness, HyperCore™ is inert to common wear related to contacting tough surfaces and abrasive cleaning.

Tony DeRosa, Senior Product Manager explains: “ECT’s ZIP™ probes architecture features an innovative design that provide for superior contact capability. All ZIP™ products have a large internal contact area resulting in low resistance, superior bandwidth and excellent conductance. HyperCore™ adds an advanced material option to expand the cost of test technology. HyerCore™ ZIP™ probes present a new level of accuracy, scalability and performance in high volume semiconductor test.”

HyperCore™ is available as material option for all ZIP™ probes.

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Everett Charles Technologies Expands Line of Battery Probes

CP-2 probe family combines best volume production qualities and cost with design flexibility and fast prototype

Everett Charles Technologies (ECT) recently launched the next generation of Battery Interconnect Probes. The versatile CP-2 probe family is highly flexible and designed to match any performance, cost and assembly requirements.

CP-2 probes support many charging and docking applications at a better cost point than other similar products. The CP-2 family is modular and supersedes time-consuming re-designs for customization. Probe options include several lengths and mounting options including a right angle solution. Therefore selecting the appropriate length of the pin, pressing it into plastics or attaching it to a PWB is easy. The CP-2 probes can be configured to fully meet the requirements of OEM projects. The CP-2 probe family combines best volume production qualities and pricing with wide design flexibility and quick turn prototyping.

Tony DeRosa, Product Manager, comments: “We understand the need of our customers for widest design flexibility and rapid prototyping as well as cost pressures in volume manufacturing. With our design expertise and complete manufacturing capabilities we can help bring competitive products to market faster.”

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Fastest Availability Guaranteed – Spring Probe Supply for Today’s Fast Pace Business

Everett Charles Technologies establishes advanced inventory stocking program for standard spring probes

Everett Charles Technologies (ECT) has established an advanced inventory stocking program for standard spring probes to ensure supply chain reliability and flexibility. ECT fully recognized their customers need to shorten product development times and to react promptly to changing demand.

With this new process ECT is able to significantly reduce lead times. The majority of probes will get shipped the same day – no shipment will take more than three days. This program is based on an advanced real time inventory monitoring and control process that enables ECT to ensure optimum stock. ECT leveraged their decades of expertise and thorough understanding of the market to design this reliable process.

Tony deRosa, Product Manager, explains: “Talking to our customers we fully understand their requirements to get probes when they are needed without wait times that may delay a project. Our goal is to give our customers a competitive advantage and we are convinced a dependable supply chain partner is an essential element of their success”.

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.”