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July 26, 2018 // By Martin Kingdon
Turning ordinary testers into extra-ordinary instruments
The fast pace of new technology can mean that companies are pushing the boundaries with products faster than the manufacturers of test equipment can keep up. As one of the leading test facilities in Europe, Presto Engineering has encountered this problem many times and has devised many ways to solve it.

Instead of incurring this cost for the customer, Presto devised a frequency translator that was integrated onto the load board so that a standard 6 GHz tester could now be used beyond its normal range. This provided lower cost solution to save the customer money.

Sometimes, devising a solution can mean turning a problem on its head. Presto Engineering faced a challenge when asked to test the performance of a photodiode that was integrated into a chip. Each photodiode on the wafer needed to be tested for its response to light input. The normal wafer stepper motors could not provide the level of accuracy needed to position the wafer. So, instead of moving the wafer, Presto created a solution using tiny motors for the fine x and y alignment of the laser beam that was used to stimulate each photodiode.

Presto Engineering has a wealth of test experience and a comprehensive range of testers already in house to draw on. This enables us to create solutions that save customers money by adapting and enhancing existing testers to meet the new, more challenging test parameters rather than incurring the cost of highly expensive, specialized test equipment. Once developed, we can transfer and integrate these new test solutions into our high-volume production facilities in Asia.


About the author:

Martin Kingdon is VP of Sales at Presto Engineering - www.presto-eng.com

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