News | April 2, 2024

Aehr Receives Order From New Customer For FOX-NP Multi-Wafer Test And Burn-In System For Silicon Carbide Power MOSFETs

Aehr Test Systems, a worldwide supplier of semiconductor test and burn-in equipment, today announced it has received an initial customer order for a FOX-NP wafer level test and burn-in system, multiple WaferPak Contactors, and a FOX WaferPak Aligner to be used for engineering, qualification, and small lot production wafer level test and burn-in of their silicon carbide devices. The customer is multiple billion dollar per year global semiconductor company with locations across Europe, Asia, and the Americas that serves various industries including automotive, industrial, mobile, and consumer applications. The FOX-NP system, including the FOX WaferPak Aligner and initial WaferPaks, are scheduled to ship over the next few months.

The FOX-NP system is configured with the new Bipolar Voltage Channel Module (BVCM) and Very High Voltage Channel Module (VHVCM) options that enable new advanced test and burn-in capabilities for silicon carbide power semiconductors using Aehr's proprietary WaferPak full wafer Contactors.

Gayn Erickson, President and CEO of Aehr Test Systems, commented, "We are very excited that this new customer selected our FOX-P solution for engineering, qualification, and production of their silicon carbide power devices. After working with the Aehr team and our technology solutions over an extended period of time, they felt secure in our ability to aid them in achieving these goals. A key feature in their selection of our FOX solution is its proven ability to cost-effectively implement their target burn-in and stabilization requirements, including 100% traceability and proof that every device on the wafer is burned in for the needed test duration.

"This customer currently has a wide range of automotive products and is entering the silicon carbide market to address several applications that include automotive, industrial, and electrification infrastructure. Key capabilities of our solution include our ability to scale from engineering and qualification and small lot production with the FOX-NP system to large scale production with the FOX-XP with Automated WaferPak Aligner. They have told us that they plan to transition to our FOX-XP multi-wafer test and burn-in systems for high-volume production. Aehr's FOX-P technology facilitates a seamless transition from engineering to high-volume production with 100% compatibility between systems.

"This customer sees the enormous opportunity for silicon carbide power devices in industrial and power applications. William Blair forecasts that in addition to the 4.5 million six-inch equivalent wafers that will be needed to meet the demand for electric vehicle related silicon carbide devices in 2030, another 2.8 million wafers are needed to address industrial, solar, electric trains, energy conversion and other applications in 2030. The cost of ownership of our solution proves to be more cost-effective and efficient for these devices than package part burn-in after the die are packaged. This is a strong testimony of the advantage of wafer level burn-in as a better alternative to package part burn-in.

"The FOX family of compatible systems including the FOX-NP and FOX-XP multi-wafer test and burn-in systems and Aehr's proprietary WaferPak full wafer contactors provide a uniquely cost-effective solution for burning in multiple wafers of devices at a single time to remove early life failures of silicon carbide devices, which is critical to meeting the initial quality and long-term reliability of the automotive, industrial, and electrification infrastructure industry needs."

The FOX-XP and FOX-NP systems, available with multiple WaferPak Contactors (full wafer test) or multiple DiePak Carriers (singulated die/module test) configurations, are capable of functional test and burn-in/cycling of devices such as silicon carbide and gallium nitride power semiconductors, silicon photonics as well as other optical devices, 2D and 3D sensors, flash memories, magnetic sensors, microcontrollers, and other leading-edge ICs in either wafer form factor, before they are assembled into single or multi-die stacked packages, or in singulated die or module form factor.

Source: Aehr Test Systems