SOURCE: Cascade Microtech

Cascade Microtech

May 19, 2011 11:00 ET

Cascade Microtech Adds New Features to WinCalXE Calibration Software

BEAVERTON, OR--(Marketwire - May 19, 2011) - Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD), a leading expert at enabling precision measurements of integrated circuits at the wafer level, today announced the release of WinCalXE™ version 4.5 calibration software. WinCalXE 4.5 is a valuable tool for semiconductor engineering and production managers and engineers making on-wafer high-frequency measurements using a Vector Network Analyzer. WinCalXE 4.5 provides accurate, repeatable and precise S-parameter data critical to accurate device characterization. WinCalXE 4.5 improves the quality of models and processes resulting in higher device performance and reduced time-to-market.

Many Vector Network Analyzers have internal calibration tools, but none specific to on-wafer measurements, and none offer probe station control, automatic calibrations or advanced on-wafer algorithms. For any customer using a Vector Network Analyzer for on-wafer measurements, or measurements requiring on-wafer S-parameter measurements at any frequency up to and beyond 500 GHz, WinCalXE 4.5 is used to both accurately calibrate the measurement system and to make automated measurements, data collection and data transformation. WinCalXE 4.5 is a single software tool that contains the valuable features of both WinCalXE and SussCal®, and operates with all manual and semi-automatic Cascade Microtech and former SUSS MicroTec probe stations. WinCalXE 4.5 contains advanced calibration methods, including LRRM and a new LRM+ calibration algorithm. Customers can get quick and easy data validation and reporting with automatic measurements using powerful sequencing tools, and take advantage of an advanced set-up wizard and multimedia tutorials. WinCalXE 4.5 is fully compatible with Cascade Microtech |Z|Probe®, ACP probe and Infinity Probe® families and can be used with both ISS and CSR calibration substrates.

"WinCalXE 4.5 integrates features and support of the SussCal software tool to provide the best of both products for our customers," said Michael Burger, president and CEO, Cascade Microtech, Inc. "This project is one of many integration tasks stemming from our acquisition of SUSS MicroTec Test Division's systems and accessories. This latest version of WinCalXE provides advanced calibration capabilities for the full line of Cascade Microtech probe solutions."

WinCalXE 4.5 is available today, and is compatible with most commercially available Vector Network Analyzers. It is compatible with ProberBench™ 7 and all versions of Nucleus™ probe station software. Support is included for a wide variety of calibration substrates, and accommodates Infinity Probe, ACP probe and |Z|Probe families.

Customers with WinCalXE 4.2 or greater, or with any version of SussCal, will receive an upgrade to WinCalXE 4.5 free of charge. Contact the local Cascade Microtech sales office for pricing and order information.

About Cascade Microtech, Inc.
Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD) is a worldwide leader in the precise electrical and mechanical measurement and test of integrated circuits (ICs) and other small structures. For technology businesses and scientific institutions that need to evaluate small structures, Cascade Microtech delivers access to electrical data from wafers, ICs, IC packages, circuit boards and modules, MEMS, 3D TSV, LED devices and more. Cascade Microtech's leading-edge semiconductor production test products include unique probe cards and test sockets that reduce manufacturing costs of high-speed and high-density semiconductor chips. For more information visit