NI Demonstrates Quad-site mm-Wave 5G Packaged Test Solution

National Instruments, in collaboration with Tessolve and Johnstech, has demonstrated a quad-site mmWave 5G packaged test solution. Addressing the technical challenges associated with 5G mmWave package part test, this solution helps reduce the cost and risk of delaying time to market for semiconductor manufacturers that produce mmWave 5G ICs. The companies collaborated to demonstrate a quad-site mmWave 5G IC packaged part test solution that includes an mmWave interface board designed and manufactured by Tessolve and mmWave contactors designed by Johnstech and rated up to 100 GHz.

A key element of the solution is the NI Semiconductor Test System (STS). Part of the demonstration included a multisite mmWave test STS configuration optimized for 5G power amplifiers, beamformers and transceivers. A major benefit displayed was the modularity that allows reuse of software and baseband/IF instrumentation with modular mmWave radio heads to address current and future mmWave frequency bands of interest.

The Solution Features:

  • An STS for quad-site mmWave 5G test
  • A mmWave-ready test interface board designed and manufactured by Tessolve
  • Tessolve holistic silicon design and test process expertise to help maximize product yield
  • Johnstech mmWave contactors for final test of packaged parts
  • A Johnstech impedance-controlled socket featuring IQtouch Micro contactors to help ensure repeatable test measurements

Tessolve is a leading end-to-end solution provider, from chip design, test and PCB engineering through embedded systems development. It enables customers with a faster time-to-market through deep domain expertise in Analog, Digital, Mixed Signal, and RF, broad ATE platform experience and built-in infrastructure including a test floor, characterization, reliability lab and PCB FAB.

Johnstech is a global R&D leader in the field of microcircuit testing, providing reliable, cost-effective testing solutions for automotive, commercial and industrial applications. Founded in 1991 by David Johnson, the company works hand-in-hand with the world’s most respected OSATs, foundries and EDA companies to develop the most precise and dependable test contactors and test sockets in the marketplace today.