Exensio-Test, now deployed and available worldwide, enables semiconductor manufacturers to improve the efficiency and quality of their testing, as well as experience these additional benefits:
- Significantly reduced test times through the implementation of real-time adaptive test algorithms. This reduction is required for advanced products and processes with stringent PPM (parts-per-million) defectivity requirements.
- Reduced test time through optimization of test probe setup selection and simultaneous tester/prober recipe optimization.
- Increased test productivity and insight into test floor efficiency across a variety of subcontractor and in-house test facilities with real-time alarms and actions.
- Linking of manufacturing data to root causes seen in wafer sort and final test, through utilization of advanced analysis, data mining and modeling features, as well as implementation of predictive alarms.
- Co-optimization of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), UPM, productivity and yield, when paired with PDF Solutions' scribe CV® technologies. This enables customers to optimize adaptive test.
As part of the development of Exensio-Test, PDF Solutions acquired key semiconductor software assets from Salland Engineering entities. Salland Engineering's solutions were successfully implemented for test, packaging and assembly management on a worldwide basis. As part of the asset purchase, PDF Solutions acquired the following products from Salland: SE Probe and related modules, Optimizer, MapWarehouse (MWH), SE Dana, Quest, Skeleton, CM-FT, CCT, SwifTest, TestScape, and TestVision. PDF Solutions continues to license and support these products as acquired from Salland, and will further develop and integrate them into the Exensio-Test module. PDF Solutions has already secured multi-year license and support agreements with many of Salland's former customers for the continued use of these products.
"We're happy to see that PDF has acquired these assets of Salland and excited to see integration of Salland's testing technology to round out the Exensio platform and provide a seamless link between our manufacturing data and the data we see at our subcontractors and test facilities," said Bob Lima, Director of Assembly and Test Operations at Peregrine Semiconductor. "We look forward to leveraging the entire Exensio platform with the Exensio-Yield and Exensio-Control modules, to optimize our chip yields and realize its direct positive impact on our profitability."
"PDF Solutions is currently providing customers unified access to process tool-level control, yield, and characterization data through our integrated FDC and YMS capabilities in Exensio," said Said Akar, General Manager at PDF Solutions. "However, we also want to provide state-of-the art testing at the production level. Now with the Salland technology we acquired, our fabless and IDM customers can leverage this information to significantly improve their test productivity, reach higher production yields, lower PPM and achieve a faster time-to-market."
Exensio-Test increases OEE of test cells through optimization of tester configurations, management of tester data, implementation of adaptive test algorithms, as well as other test floor management operations. This high level of testing is critical in many of today's electronics products which have stringent PPM defectivity requirements. Exensio-Test also has advanced adaptive test capabilities and is able to simultaneously maximize OEE and UPM (units tested per hour).
The statements in this press release regarding the expected performance and capabilities of PDF Solutions products and services and the statements regarding continued adoption by customers are forward looking and are subject to events and circumstances of the future. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially include risks associated with continued development, support, and market acceptance, and other risks set forth in PDF Solutions' periodic public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its Annual Report on Form 10-K, most recently filed on March 3, 2015, for the year ended December 31, 2014, other Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, most recently filed for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, and Current Reports on Form 8-K and amendments to such reports. The forward-looking statements made in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and PDF Solutions does not assume any obligation to update such statements or the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those projected in such statements.
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