SOURCE: Cascade Microtech

Cascade Microtech

February 25, 2015 14:00 ET

Cascade Microtech Welcomes Lake Shore Cryotronics as New Collaboration Partner to Support Broad Customer Requirements

MeasureOne™ Program Offers Customers Best-of-Breed Choices for Probing in Cryogenic and High-Flux Magnetic Environments

BEAVERTON, OR--(Marketwired - Feb 25, 2015) - Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD), a leading supplier of solutions that enable precision measurements of integrated circuits at the wafer level, today announced its latest MeasureOne solutions partner -- Lake Shore Cryotronics, a leading innovator in solutions for measurement under variable temperature and magnetic field conditions. This formal collaboration promises to substantially accelerate the time to first device measurement for a collective customer base where early stage research typically requires testing in extreme cold and magnetic flux. Cascade Microtech and Lake Shore Cryotronics are both leaders in their respective fields, and each is committed to ensuring the best solution to fit the customer's sample size and measurement requirements. This unique MeasureOne partnership enables the sales and service teams from both companies, now cross-trained across each other's product lines, to quickly guide the customer to the best probe station to address their requirements. Validated measurement solutions from both companies will deliver the highest levels of confidence in performance and reliability.

While both companies offer cryogenic probe stations, their respective platforms differ in functionality and address different stages of the R&D lifecycle. Lake Shore's probe stations are used in the earliest phases of new semiconductor and magnetic materials R&D. Its platform features align with the limited size and number of samples being measured, as well as the need to probe at the lowest possible temperatures (below 10 K) and within high magnetic fields (often over 2 T), where sample stages are generally fixed in position. Cascade Microtech's probe stations are focused on the next phases of device development, where multiple copies of devices have now been constructed. Its platform features align with a larger wafer size and number of devices, as well as a need to replicate measurements across those many devices. Sample stages are moveable in a manual or semi-automated fashion.

"Our mission is focused on enabling the advancement of science," said Michael Swartz, President and CEO of Lake Shore. "Our customers begin their research of new semiconductor and magnetic materials at very low temperatures and high fields, where our probe stations excel. This partnership offers customers a smooth transition from the research lab into full-scale semiconductor device development, combining the significant complementary expertise of both companies."

"This latest MeasureOne alliance connects customers with best-of-breed cryogenic measurement solutions that extend all the way from basic materials research in the lab to wafer-scale production," said Michael Burger, President and CEO, Cascade Microtech. "We're both fully acquainted with each other's capabilities and understand just where to position customers within the overall space that we jointly address. Together we can deliver a level of technical know-how second to none for cryogenic probing, even in high magnetic fields."

Moving forward, the collaboration is expected to bolster the product lines of both companies through shared research and technology. Cascade Microtech's radio frequency to Terahertz probing know-how is a natural fit with Lake Shore's focused expertise on measurements near the bottom of the Kelvin scale and in very high magnetic fields. Similarly, Lake Shore's cryogen-free technology and magnetic field expertise may have future applicability in Cascade Microtech's highly-automated cryogenic probe stations.

Cascade Microtech's MeasureOne program is dedicated to identifying and collaborating with suppliers offering complementary technology and products that represent the best of breed in any particular category. This consolidated approach offers customers highly-optimized solutions to the challenges of test and measurement in a wide variety of environments.

For more information visit www.cascademicrotech.com/measureone.

About MeasureOne
MeasureOne provides a single point of contact to deliver the optimal customer solution for configuration, installation, service and performance of application-specific measurement solutions. The MeasureOne program is designed to address applications including device modeling, load-pull, WLR, emission microscopy, THz measurements and pulsed RF. The MeasureOne framework ensures that Cascade Microtech and its solutions partners will provide hardware and software support and a portfolio of service levels. The MeasureOne service levels include validated, optimized and guaranteed solution configurations and performance, and installation and support by our solutions experts. To find out more about the MeasureOne program, visit www.cascademicrotech.com/measureone.

About Lake Shore Cryotronics
Supporting advanced research since 1968, Lake Shore is a leading innovator in measurement and control solutions for materials characterization under extreme temperature and magnetic field conditions. High-performance product solutions from Lake Shore include cryogenic temperature sensors and instrumentation, magnetic test and measurement instruments, probe stations, and precision materials characterizations systems that explore the electronic and magnetic properties of next-generation materials. Lake Shore serves an international base of research customers at leading university, government, aerospace, and commercial research institutions and is supported by a global network of sales and service facilities.

About Cascade Microtech, Inc.
Cascade Microtech, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCD) is a worldwide leader in precision contact, electrical measurement and test of integrated circuits (ICs), optical devices 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 stations, probes, probe cards, advanced thermal subsystems and integrated systems deliver precision accuracy and superior performance both in the lab and during production manufacturing of high-speed and high-density semiconductor chips. For more information visit www.cascademicrotech.com.

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