Measurement infrastructure

Measurement infrastructure of the INT for characterization of integrated circuits

For generations and analyzation of fast signals, the INT has numerous signal generators, oscilloscopes and network analyzers with a bandwidth of up to 67 GHz. The INT uses a wide range of devices from well-known manufacturers, such as Agilent, Anritsu, Rohde & Schwarz, Teledyne LeCroy, Tektronix.

Extensive measuring setup
Example of an extensive measuring setup with clock source, sampling- and realtime oscilloscopes, vector signal analyzers, FPGA, power supply units, single-board computer

For configuration of integrated circuits single-board computers (e.g., Raspberry Pi) or simple FPGAs (e.g., Xilinx Spartan 3) are commonly used.

Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA development board
Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA development board with high-speed interfaces up to 28 Gbps

As an alternative to traditional metrology devices, FPGA development boards (eg, Xilinx Virtex-7, Virtex-6, and Virtex-4) are available with high-speed serial interfaces up to 28 Gbps per channel for both transmit and receive of data can be used. These channels can be grouped into multiple parallel interfaces.

Instead of the packaging on printed circuit boards, integrated circuits with only a few connection pads can be connected directly to the measurement environment by means of a wafer prober. The contacting of the IC is done via measuring tips, which are aligned by means of micrometer manipulators under a microscope. The advantages are that the parasitic influences of the measuring tips and cables are generally much lower than those of the bonding wires and printed circuit board. Thus, this technique is suitable to characterize circuits with highest bandwidths. Hybrid setups are also possible. In this case, the power supply connections and low frequency configuration signals are supplied via a printed circuit board, while high-frequency signals are tapped via measuring tips.

Wafer prober with microscope
Wafer prober with microscope
Measuring cabin
Open door of measuring cabin

The INT has a specially shielded measuring cabin. Here, measurements can be done without external interference from microwave radiation (e.g., cellular, WLAN, etc.). The measuring cabine booth also shields to the outside so that internally generated microwave radiation e.g. has no influence on existing mobile networks.


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Markus Grözing

Group Leader Integrated Circuits

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