Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Unisem to expand ICs testing, eyes new markets

KUALA LUMPUR: UNISEM (M) BHD [] is looking into testing a wide variety of integrated circuits (ICs) ranging from low-integration devices up to high-integration radio frequency (RF) devices, opening up new markets for its Europe and Asia factories.

The company has added V93000 Port Scale RF tester from Verigy, an Advantest Group company, to its European test development centre in Wales.

'The versatile test platform will be used to test and develop a broad range of wireless radio frequency (RF) and complex mixed-signal semiconductors for Unisem's European customer base,' it said on Tuesday, Sept 6.

Unisem said the Port Scale RF system was designed for high-volume testing of wireless devices for mobile computing applications including consumer electronics.

It added the system provided parallel test capability with high multi-site efficiency, achieving industry-leading productivity. Equipped with Verigy's pin-scale digital cards, the V93000 platform's performance can be fine-tuned for different types of semiconductors.

This would give Unisem the versatility to test a wide variety of ICs ranging from low-integration devices such as power amplifiers, tuners and transceivers up to high-integration RF devices containing integrated mixed-signal, digital, power management and embedded or stacked memory.

Verigy's executive vice president of worldwide sales, service and support Pascal Ronde said as Unisem expanded its RF testing business,'' the V93000 system was its best-in-class throughput and low cost-of-test.

Unisem Europe general manager Andy Perry said: 'The addition of this V93000 test system opens up new markets for both Europe and our Asia factories.

"Our Wales factory serves as our European development centre, where we work with our customers to create the best production-ready assembly and test solutions. We can now offer our customers a versatile testing solution within Europe and provide a future migration path to our high-volume factories in Asia."

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