ITC – The world’s Most Influential Professional Testing Technology Conference Held in Asia for the First Time

Chroma ATE Inc. was invited as one of the opening keynote speakers to address the convergence of electronic and semiconductor systems, and its impact on testing technology

The ITC-Asia (International Test Conference) successfully held on September 13-15 in Taipei, was a flagship conference in test technology. It gathered the IC test and design professionals around the world to confront the challenges the industry faces, and learn how these challenges are being addressed. The conference was dedicated to the process and design improvement of software and hardware – covering design verification, test, diagnosis, failure analysis, components, systems and application software.

To cope with the needs of complex process and system integration derived from IoT, cloud computing, automotive electronics and other emerging applications, the ITC moved to Asia for the first time and co-located with SEMICON Taiwan in 2017. The conference linked the supply chains from semiconductor design in the beginning to IC packaging and testing at the end to boost collaborations in creating more potential business opportunities. Three days of consecutive keynote speeches, industry topics, call for papers and technical courses, explored and analyzed the latest test technology trends with focuses on popular topics including the newest IoT, automotive electronic testing methods and safety standards, as well as the advanced multi chip packaging test and repair technologies.

I-Shih Tseng, the ISS BU general manager of Chroma ATE Inc. was invited as one of the keynote speakers in the opening to discuss the semiconductor testing technology from the perspective of a testing equipment supplier. While we enjoy the convenience and brand new experience brought by high-tech, it is a huge challenge for semiconductor chip producers and test equipment providers as the test is no longer just electronic and circuit testing, but different applications associated with many aspects such as mechanical, optical components, temperature, and even chemical composition.

I-Shih Tseng, the ISS BU general manager of Chroma ATE Inc.
▲I-Shih Tseng, the ISS BU general manager of Chroma ATE Inc.

Semiconductor test has evolved to a level of safety, responsibility and reliability. The IC quality is absolutely important for self-driving cars because it concerns personal safety. When the car is driving in different environments, the temperature can change from high heat to freezing as well as high winds and rain all make the IC chip’s reliability a necessity. Moreover, for new applications, such as in VCSEL 3D image sensing, it has to be sure that it is no harm to people. All of these new applications provide a challenge to chip manufacturers and test equipment manufacturers for their ability to keep the car safe for drivers.

This means that semiconductor test equipment manufacturers need to work with customers earlier in the design process. Chroma ATE has been a Turnkey Solution provider with core technology in measurement since 2011, and is the only manufacturer equipped with testing and automation capability. Chroma’s products are mainly used in communication (FPD, color and video, optical components, power electronics, passive components, electrical safety, thermoelectric temperature control and automatic optics), semiconductor/IC, and clean technology (EV, green battery, LED lighting and solar energy) industries to effectively improve the quality of customer products and production efficiency in helping customers enhance their competitiveness.

Chroma has many product lines to fulfill the needs of semiconductor testing by supplying various kinds of equipment from R&D to mass production such as large ATE test systems, sorting machines and compact PXI test platforms, all of them have complete corresponding products to give customers the most appropriate selection. The complete semiconductor solution of Chroma covers different wafer test applications including consumer chips (microprocessors, audio chips, computers/mobile peripherals, etc.), power chips (linear regulators, DC converters, AC converters, LED drivers, etc.), radio frequency chips (wireless network, blue, blue, etc.), power chips (such as microprocessors, audio chips, computers / mobile peripherals, etc.), RF chips (wireless network, Bluetooth, mobile communication, etc.), and chips for specific testing areas (image sensors, radio frequency identification, etc.)

New IoT applications Initiate comprehensive semiconductor testing needs

Internet of Things (IoT) digitizes the real world by narrowing the scattered information and consolidating the digital information of things. It has a broad market and application prospects that is structured in three layers; sensing, network and application. Ranging from logistics and transportation, health care, smart environment (home, office and factory) along with personal and social areas, almost anything can be closely related to IoT. The IoT chip has been widely used in network and various types of sensors. For different applications in a test environment, the way to ensure that each IC’s function, performance and quality meet the standard is specifically important. Chroma’s Semiconductor BU general manager, George Chang, indicated that to cope with diversified applications, semiconductor wafer testing must incorporate a variety of test items including temperature, radio frequency (RF), precision and speed, to meet all types of IoT applications and customer needs.

Chroma provides complete semiconductor test solutions including SoC / VLSI/ Analog test solutions, IC test handlers, PXI IC test platforms and equipment corresponding to various types of IoT applications in testing embedded processor, MCU, RF MUC, Light Sensor, Magnetic Sensor, G-Sensor/Gyro, CMOS Image Sensor, Finger Print Sensor, Laser Diode, PMIC), and diversified wireless network implementation.

The widespread use of IoT creates a huge demand for micro control units and sensors, which lead to fierce competition in cost and production. As electronic products are always aiming for high cost-performance ratio with better functionality, Chroma is capable of providing competitive test instruments that are flexible to integrate with other equipment and automated systems to meet the demands for increased testing requirements and cost savings.

AI, smart driving, system level and burn-in test ensure final quality of IC

In light of the evolution of semiconductor process and packaging technology, the capabilities of ICs used in consumer electronics, automobiles, internet of things and artificial intelligence are getting more powerful with increased packaging density. Herbert Tsai, the ISS BU deputy general manager of Chroma ATE Inc. pointed out that for the complex packaging products such as SoC/SIP/3D ICs, besides inspecting the power and signal through traditional automated test equipment (mixed single ATE), the System Level Test (SLT) and Burn-in (BI) inspection process are also applied to do a comprehensive testing on IC to ensure its final quality.

As the IoV (internet of vehicle) and smart driving are growing trends, many car manufacturers have implemented ESC (electronic stability control) systems to receive and send signals through the sensor, camera, lidar and RF equipped on the car. When the system has collected the information from each component, it will quickly analyze and evaluate the vehicle status, and give commands to correct the steering wheel, slow down, brake or alarm. This means the system must have powerful semiconductor components to support the overall operation. These automotive systems have to remain in normal operation even under extreme conditions as they are related to driving safety. For varied driving environments, the demand for tri-temperature system level testing (Tri temperature SLT) on car chips is rapidly emerging. The product quality of car chips can be assured after rigorous and long-hour high/low temperature testing.

In recent years, the development of AI chips has been the frontline of first-tier manufacturers. The development of artificial intelligence at this stage is based on parallel computing technology and the depth of deep learning. Through the robust capabilities of self-learning and computing inside the chip, the equipment or systems are able to react properly in time. However, these types of high level chips (GPU/FPGA) are very expensive with strict quality demands, and passing through long hours of SLT/Burn-in test is the way to guarantee that every chip can operate normally under high temperature and high voltage environments.

Chroma has been dedicated to FT / SLT Handler technology research and development for a long time. In addition to the desktop equipment for the design house, Chroma also provides multi-functional and efficient test equipment for designers to use. Moreover, Chroma has introduced multi-probe tri-temperature test equipment to satisfy customer’s demand for mass production. The test technologies proprietary to Chroma can also be customized to meet customer needs providing the best test solutions.

 

Chroma received the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award, the highest honor available from the 5th National Industrial Innovation Award


Figure: Chroma ATE Inc. CEO Leo Huang (right) received the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award, the highest honor of 5th National Industrial Innovation Award from Vice President Cheng Chien-Jen (left)

Chroma ATE Inc. CEO Leo Huang received the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award, the highest honor available from the 5th National Industrial Innovation Award from Vice President Cheng Chien-Jen (left) during the awards ceremony on April 21st .

Leo Huang expresses his gratitude towards the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the judges from the 5th National Industrial Innovation Award for awarding Chroma this honor. This award also belongs to all members of Chroma who have devoted their long effort in developing innovative testing solutions.

Chroma was founded in 1984, with dedication in research, development and manufacturing of precision test and measurement instruments to sell globally under “Chroma” brand. After years of experiences in automation integration and MES technology, Chroma has become a “Turnkey Solution” provider since 2011 with core technology in measurement.

Chroma test solutions are mainly applied to ICT industry, semiconductor, and clean technology, which includes solar energy, LED lighting, lithium battery and electric vehicle industries, that are widely used for R&D, manufacturing and quality assurance. At all time, Chroma’s solutions have been proven to effectively improve our customer’s product quality and production efficiency, as well as to increase their competitiveness. This is Chroma’s biggest value!

Chroma’s vision is to develop world-class products and become a world-class enterprise. For “world-class products”, it is to provide testing solutions with precision, reliability and uniqueness. For “world-class enterprise”, we need to approach via (1) innovative technology, (2) own brand, and (3) globalization. Besides, in Taiwan, we have high level of education, and lots of talented technical engineers. This resource is an important asset for Chroma to sustain its long-term growth. “To continue investing in Taiwan and to reach-out worldwide opportunities” has been Chroma’s belief to accomplish its vision.

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The CEO of Chroma ATE Inc. – Leo Huang Receive ERSO Award

Chroma ATE Inc. CEO Leo Huang (Left), ITRI Executive Director – Ta-Hsien Lo (Right).

The CEO of Chroma ATE Inc. – Leo Huang Receive ERSO (Electronics Research and Service Organization) Award on 25th April,2017.

ERSO Award was established in 2007 with the sponsorship from Pan Wen Yuan Foundation to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Taiwan electronics industry. The foundation is established to promote the cultivation of technical manpower specialized in the fields of semiconductor and information science.

Chroma was founded in 1984, with dedication in research, development and manufacturing of precision test and measurement instruments to sell globally under “Chroma” brand. After years of experiences in automation integration and MES technology, Chroma has become a “Turnkey Solution” provider since 2011 with core technology in measurement.

Chroma test solutions are mainly applied to ICT industry, semiconductor, and clean technology, which includes solar energy, LED lighting, lithium battery and electric vehicle industries, that are widely used for R&D, manufacturing and quality assurance. At all time, Chroma’s solutions have been proven to effectively improve our customer’s product quality and production efficiency, as well as to increase their competitiveness. This is Chroma’s biggest value!

Particularly in semiconductor test solution for IoT IC market, Chroma provides VLSI test system, SoC/analog test system, system/final level tri-temp test handler, and PXI/PXIe IC test platform.

This honor gives Chroma the encouragement and the responsibility to drive more innovative testing technology for various industries including Semiconductors.

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Chroma ATE Inc. received the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award

Chroma ATE Inc. received the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award, the highest honor available from the 5th National Industrial Innovation Award

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Chroma ATE Inc. won the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award, the highest honor available from the 5th National Industrial Innovation Award. After four months of rigorous assessment, 38 winning units were selected out of 251 registered applications, and the Distinguished Enterprise Innovation Award (for Enterprise Group) was granted to Chroma ATE Inc. as the leader for innovative business model in Taiwanese industry.

As an enterprise established in Taiwan, Chroma has long insisted on cultivating its own brand name globally. To face the energy problems on the earth, Chroma dedicates its core technologies in power test and measurement to developing test solutions for the solar energy, LED lighting, electric vehicle, and green energy battery industries. In addition, Chroma is also committed to Industry 4.0 intelligent manufacturing solutions in order to help industries transform into intellectualized manufacturers.

As Chroma ATE Inc. came to the fore in this fierce competition, the CEO Leo Huang pointed out that Chroma has been devoting considerable time and effort towards developing precision test and measurement instruments, automated test systems, and Turnkey Solutions marketed globally under the brand name “Chroma”. This award belongs to every member of Chroma.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs holds the “National Industrial Innovation Award” with “innovation” as its main axis to encourage Taiwan’s industries to take full advantage of the existing competitiveness to consolidate industrial innovation and contributions generated from the technologies, services, and diverse cultures of the applicants. Nomination of this award is focused on the added-values created for better future life through innovative designs and information technology. The 5th National Industrial Innovation Awards Ceremony will be held in late February 2017 for public recognition of the winner, and a series of the proliferation activities are expected to start in March.

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About Chroma:

Founded in 1984, Chroma ATE Inc. is a world leading supplier of precision Test and Measurement Instrument, Automated Test System, Intelligent Manufacturing Systems, Turnkey Test and Automation Solutions marketed globally under the brand name “Chroma”. Significant markets Chroma serves include LED, photovoltaic, Li-battery, electric vehicle (EV/EVSE), semiconductor/IC, laser diode, flat panel display, video and color, power electronics, passive component, electrical safety and thermoelectric test, as well as automated optical inspection and intelligent manufacturing systems. Chroma has branch offices in Europe, the United States, Japan and mainland China chartered to deliver innovative technologies with high value-added service to satisfy our global customer’s demands.