How NCATEST Raised Performance and Lowered Power of Its Automated Test Equipment

April 15, 2020

Christine Young By: Christine Young
Blogger, Maxim Integrated


Shanghai, China-based NCATEST Technologies researches, designs, and manufactures high-end automatic test equipment (ATE) for the semiconductor industry. Quality, of course, is critical in ATE, as these systems are used to prevent defective semiconductor devices from being used in their final products. As such, NCATEST adopts advanced technology and scientific management methods to develop and produce its products, which serve different types of chips for different markets. The company prides itself on local production, extensive applications coverage, fast lead times, cost-effective solutions, and customized services and development.

NCATEST Technologies reduced the size and power consumption of one of its new ATE solutions using Maxim Integrated pin electronics and analog ICsPin electronics and an array of analog ICs from Maxim Integrated are part of a smaller, lower power, better performing ATE solution from NCATEST Technologies.

NCATEST's ATE solutions are designed with a variety of analog ICs. The company's engineers typically seek ICs, including pin electronics, that deliver high accuracy, low power, and high performance. The pin electronics are the electronic circuitry in the testing system that connects to the device under test (DUT). This circuitry can deliver signals, power, or precise voltages and currents, and can also measure the pin's response, drive, and electrical characteristics.

To meet the specifications of one of its new solutions, NCATEST chose the MAX9979 dual 1.1Gbps pin electronics, which integrates multiple ATE functions in a single IC, including parametric measurement unit (PMU), level-setting digital-to-analog converters (DACs), driver/comparator/load (DCL), and switches, while maintaining discrete device performance. The company is also using these Maxim Integrated analog ICs:

These devices helped NCATEST reduce its design cycle while creating an ATE solution that is smaller, lower power, and better performing than its predecessor.

This blog post was adapted from the NCATEST customer testimonial. Learn more about Maxim Integrated's automated test equipment technologies.