DCG Systems® Acquires MultiProbeTM, Creating a Complete Nanoprobing Portfolio
Posted OnJune 30, 2015 by Veena Lobo
DCG Systems® announced today that it has acquired the assets of MultiProbeTM, the leading provider of atomic force-based nanoprobing solutions for the semiconductor industry. MultiProbe was founded in 2001 to address the growing needs of failure analysis (FA) engineers and to help the industry find solutions for deep sub-micron device technology development. DCG's MultiProbe operations will remain in Santa Barbara, California.
MultiProbe's flagship product, the HyperionTM, uses atomic force probe (AFP) technology to provide characterization and localization of electrical faults in transistors. The MultiProbe systems can also be operated in a mode called PicoCurrentTM imaging, which simultaneously displays variations in topography and conductivity, allowing engineers to quickly identify anomalous features that can be further investigated by transistor probing.
DCG's flagship nanoprobing system, the nProber IITM, is built upon a scanning electron microscope (SEM) platform. Like the Hyperion, the nProber II system delivers electrical fault localization and characterization of transistors. The nProber II can also be operated in electron-beam current (EBC) mode to localize surface and sub-surface shorts, opens and resistive faults within interconnect structures.
"The AFP-based nanoprobers offered by MultiProbe complement DCG Systems' SEM-based nanoprobing product portfolio," said Dr. Israel Niv, Chief Executive Officer of DCG Systems, Inc. "Being able to call upon the strengths of two distinct technologies will help the combined companies better address the breadth of yield-limiting electrical fault issues that our diverse customer base is facing now and in the future."
Andy Erickson, founder and Chief Executive Officer of MultiProbe, said, "I am pleased to hand over the reins of MultiProbe to DCG Systems at a time when nanoprobing is becoming increasingly critical to yield engineering. In addition, our customers will benefit from the strength of a combined worldwide applications and service team."
Both the Hyperion and nProber II nanoprobing systems have been installed at multiple customer sites worldwide, where they are being used to accelerate development and yield of devices down to the 10nm node.
About DCG Systems
DCG Systems, Inc. is the industry's leading supplier of electrical fault characterization, localization and editing equipment, serving process development, yield ramp and failure analysis applications for a wide range of semiconductor and electronics manufacturers. With more than 1500 systems deployed worldwide, DCG Systems serves customers worldwide from its headquarters in Fremont, California and field offices in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Israel and Germany. For more information about DCG Systems, visit www.dcgsystems.com.