This means that fabless companies and OEMs can specify sensors and have them taken from foundry to production and this is proving of interest to semiconductor and Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers, said Presto.
Presto provides turnkey industrialization services for visible, and soon, infrared sensors using foundries including STMicroelectronics and Tower Semiconductor and outsourced assembly and test facilities. The image sensor program and a cleanroom facility are located in Meyreuil, France, near Aix-en-Provence.
Presto itself provides the IP750Ex test solution installed at OSATs that provides a 80mm by 100mm high-intensity illumination for devices of up to 32 million pixels. Its extension into IR and its ability to test 12-, 8- and 6-inch wafers across the full automotive temperature range (-40°C to +150°C) qualifies it for automotive vision integrated circuits (ICs).
"A myriad of new market segments has emerged that use image sensors, including consumer, drones and surveillance, security cameras, as well as industrial, defense, automotive, medical, and more," said Michel Villemain, CEO of Presto Engineering, in a statement. "This has created a dramatic increase in demand for image sensors, and production has been pushed to its limit because there have been few outsourced options available."
Villemain added: "Our expertise in radio frequency (RF) and analog devices, as well as optical communication device testing, makes our entry into image sensor industrial test a natural transition."
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