News › JENOPTIK • offers novel UFO Probe Card for PIC Wafer Level Testing

As a part­ner for the semi­con­duc­tor equip­ment indus­try, as well as test pro­vi­ders and users, Jen­op­tik is offe­ring a novel opti­cal solu­tion for inte­gra­tion into electri­cal test cards. The ultra-fast opto-elec­tro­nic probe card or UFO Pro­beTM Card is used for func­tio­nal tes­ting on semi­con­duc­tor chips with inte­gra­ted opti­cal func­tions, known as pho­to­nic inte­gra­ted cir­cuits (PICs), and can be adap­ted to cus­to­mer requirements.

Jenoptik’s new UFO Pro­beTM tech­no­logy tar­gets the mar­ket for semi­con­duc­tor equip­ment and pro­ces­ses for wafer-level tes­ting in microelec­tro­nics. The tech­no­logy is based on a con­cept for opti­cal pro­bing of pho­to­nic inte­gra­ted cir­cuits, which is insen­si­tive to align­ment tole­ran­ces in the wafer pro­ber. As con­se­quence, the opto-elec­tro­nic probe card can be used with com­mer­cially avail­able wafer pro­bers and ensu­res an accord­in­gly high through­put for tes­ting pho­to­nic inte­gra­ted circuits.

The new hybrid probe card com­bi­nes electri­cal and opti­cal tests in one solu­tion. This allows mul­ti­ple opti­cal and electri­cal chan­nels of a PIC or even several PICs to be tes­ted in par­al­lel, regard­less of their arran­ge­ment, thus mee­ting the demand of opto-elec­tro­nic tests for high-volume app­li­ca­ti­ons. The design of the probe card can be cus­to­mi­zed to meet spe­ci­fic requi­re­ments, such as indi­vi­dual PIC lay­out and spe­ci­fic test arran­ge­ment. The first series run was suc­cess­fully mea­su­red with this new technology.

Jen­op­tik is working with probe card manu­fac­tu­rers to inte­grate the opti­cal module into estab­lis­hed and pro­ven needle tech­no­lo­gies. The first plat­form ver­sion of UFO Pro­beTM is avail­able in Euro­card for­mat with can­ti­le­ver need­les and can be adap­ted to dif­fe­rent app­li­ca­ti­ons if requi­red. Here, the cus­to­mer bene­fits from rapid deve­lo­p­ment with cus­to­mer-spe­ci­fic features.

About Jen­op­tik and its Light & Optics division

Opti­cal tech­no­lo­gies are the very basis of our busi­ness: Jen­op­tik is a glo­bally active tech­no­logy group and is active in the three pho­to­nics-based divi­si­ons: Light & Optics, Light & Pro­duc­tion and Light & Safety. Under the TRIOPTICS brand, Jen­op­tik also offers opti­cal test and manu­fac­tu­ring sys­tems for the qua­lity con­trol of len­ses, objec­ti­ves and camera modu­les. VINCORION is the brand for our mecha­tro­nic busi­ness. Our key tar­get mar­kets pri­ma­rily include the semi­con­duc­tor indus­try, medi­cal tech­no­logy, auto­mo­tive and mecha­ni­cal engi­nee­ring, traf­fic, avia­tion as well as secu­rity and defense tech­no­logy indus­tries. Around 4,400 employees work for Jen­op­tik world­wide. The Group’s head­quar­ters are in Jena (Ger­many). JENOPTIK AG is lis­ted on the Ger­man Stock Exchange in Frank­furt and is inclu­ded in the SDax and TecDax. In the 2019 fis­cal year, Jen­op­tik gene­ra­ted reve­nue of approx. 855 mil­lion euros.

The Light & Optics divi­sion is a glo­bal OEM sup­plier of solu­ti­ons and pro­ducts based on pho­to­nics tech­no­lo­gies. Jen­op­tik pro­vi­des a broad port­fo­lio of tech­no­lo­gies com­bi­ned with deep expe­ri­ence of more than 25 years in the fields of optics, laser tech­no­logy, digi­tal ima­ging, opto-elec­tro­nics and soft­ware. Our cus­to­mers are lea­ding machine and equip­ment sup­pliers working in areas such as semi­con­duc­tor equip­ment, laser mate­rial pro­ces­sing, health­care & life sci­ence, indus­trial auto­ma­tion, auto­mo­tive & mobi­lity and safety, as well as in sci­en­ti­fic insti­tu­tes. As a deve­lo­p­ment and pro­duc­tion part­ner, the Light & Optics divi­sion focu­ses on advan­cing cut­ting-edge tech­no­lo­gies to improve our cus­to­mers‹ sys­tem per­for­mance and ulti­mately rea­lize pro­duct out­co­mes that reach new heights enab­led by our highly-inte­gra­ted pho­to­nic solu­ti­ons. The sys­tems, modu­les and com­pon­ents based on pho­to­nics tech­no­lo­gies help our cus­to­mers over­come their future challenges.


Enrico Piechotka
JENOPTIK I Light & Optics
Glo­bal Pro­duct Group Manager
+49 3641 65–2441