Microwave Journal

WIN and Presto Engineering Announce Strategic Collaboration

September 2, 2010

WIN Semiconductors Corp., a pure-play Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) foundry, and Presto Engineering, a semiconductor product engineering company, announced a strategic collaboration to deliver characterization and testing services for companies developing products utilizing GaAs technology from WIN. The agreement covers wafer-level and packaged part development activities, including design characterization and production testing. Customers of WIN Semiconductors can now gain access to these highly specialized GaAs testing services from the Presto Engineering Hubs in Silicon Valley and in Grenoble, France.

“As WIN continues to see strong growth in its major market sectors it is committed to providing cost-effective solutions that meet customers’ needs. The collaboration between WIN and Presto Engineering is that type of innovative approach that provides our customers with a one-stop solution for fab, characterization and testing services,” said Brian Lee, WIN’s VP of Sales and Marketing.

“We are seeing a significant increase in our RF services business, driven by the overwhelming demand on the semiconductor industry to deliver innovative devices to meet the needs for increased communication bandwidth and cost effectiveness. Our staff is looking forward to working closely with the WIN team, as time-to-production will be critical for our mutual customer’s success,” said Michel Villemain, Presto Engineering founder and CEO.

The Presto Hubs offer customers the ability to use high frequency test and measurement equipment (e.g. network analyzer, pattern generator, BERT), as well as leading-edge RF-ATE; Roos Instruments Cassini platform, supporting DC to 100 GHz source and measure, and the Verigy 93K Port Scale RF test system. Presto technical staff can also assist with test program development, probe card design utilizing GGB and Cascade Microtech high frequency probe systems, load board development and automatic handler support.

Additional Hub services offered by Presto include stress testing required for engineering and product qualification, covering reliability testing for temperature, environmental and electrical stresses, as well as both physical and electrical fault isolation and failure analysis.