Profile: Cascade Microtech Inc (CSCD.O)
16 May 2013
Cascade Microtech, Inc., incorporated on February 24, 1984, designs, develops, manufactures and markets wafer probing and test socket solutions for the electrical measurement and testing of semiconductor devices. Its products enable precision on-wafer measurement of integrated circuits. The Company designs manufactures and assemble its products in Beaverton, Oregon and Dresden, Germany and maintain global sales, service and support centers in North America, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, China and Singapore. The Company operates in two business segments: Systems and Probes. Sales of its probe stations are included in the Systems segment and sales of its analytical probes and production probe cards are included in the Probes segment.
Probe stations provide precise and accurate measurement of semiconductor electrical characteristics during device design or when optimizing the chip fabrication process. Its probe stations are configurable and are typically sold with various accessories, including its analytical probes, as well as accessories from third parties. In addition, the Company design and build custom probe stations to address the specific requirements of its customers.
The Company offers probe stations for 300 millimeter, 200 millimeter and 150 millimeter or smaller wafer sizes. Probe stations are configurable depending upon the size and type of wafer, the particular characteristics of the device design that the customer is testing, the required measurements, the temperatures at which the device is tested and the test equipment that the customer is using. Its probe stations are available in manual, semi- and fully-automated configurations. In January 2013, CM300 probe station was introduced represents the flexibility and accuracy of an analytical prober is combined with the automation required to handle full cassettes of 300 millimeter wafers.
The Company competes with Vector Semiconductor Co. Ltd., Signatone Corporation, MPI Corporation, Accretech, Tokyo Electron (TEL), The Micromanipulator Company Inc. and Wentworth Laboratories Inc.
Cascade Microtech, Inc. offers over 50 different analytical probe models primarily for engineering and production testing. The Infinity series probes are designed with probe tips derived from its lithographic manufacturing technology, enabling electrical contacts on aluminum and copper pads. While the Company’s analytical probes are used primarily for engineering test, several of its analytical probes are also used in production testing of some high-frequency devices.
The Company competes with GGB Industries Inc.
Production Probe Cards
A production probe card temporarily connects one or more die or integrated circuits (ICs) on a wafer under test to a production tester. Probe cards are customized for each new chip type and physically wear out during usage in production testing. Depending upon the test environment, production probe cards may last roughly one million contact cycles. The Company’s Pyramid Probe Card product line offers electrical speed performance and is used in wireless chip applications.
The Company competes with Feinmetall GmbH, FormFactor Inc., Japan Electronic Materials Corporation, Micronics Japan Company, Ltd., Micro Square Technology Inc., PHICOM Corporation, SV Probe Inc., Technoprobe S.r.l., Tokyo Cathode Laboratory Company Ltd. and Wentworth Laboratories Inc.
Services and Support
The Company offers services to enable its customers to maintain and more effectively utilize its products and to enhance its customer relationships. In addition to traditional maintenance services, its applications engineers assist its customers in test methodologies to make advanced measurements on-wafer in both the lab and in fabrication.
Cascade Microtech Inc
9100 SW Gemini Drive
BEAVERTON OR 97008