ESI Introduces High-Capacitance MLCC Tester

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:ESIO), a leading provider of world-class photonics and laser systems for microengineering applications, introduced the Model 3550 high-capacitance multi-layer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) tester. The tool is designed to address the needs of the high capacitance segment of the MLCC industry by enabling higher yields, improved time to market and lower cost of ownership. Volume shipments of the Model 3550 are expected to begin during the first quarter of ESI’s fiscal year 2008.

“MLCC manufacturers continue to experience increasing pressure to realize greater profits in a shorter amount of time. Our customers are looking to us to provide them with a superior value solution that performs with unparalleled precision and productivity. The introduction of the Model 3550 will address these challenges by offering enhanced capability and extremely low cost of ownership, while further reinforcing ESI’s position as the leader in the MLCC industry,” noted Vernon Cooke, ESI passive components product marketing manager.

The Model 3550 performs electrical testing of high-capacitance MLCCs, used in applications of computers, flat panel displays, automotive, and video games. The tool’s exceptionally high speed reduces total operating costs through reliable and repeatable sorting. By employing ESI’s patented rotary technology, multiple tests are simultaneously performed on chips as small as .016 inches by .008 inches (0402 metric). The Model 3550 can test and sort up to 540,000 MLCC chips per hour, a level of output that is about three to four times greater than typical high capacitance MLCC testers, including ESI’s.

About ESI, Inc.
ESI is a pioneer and leading supplier of world-class production laser systems that help its microelectronics customers achieve compelling yield and productivity gains. The company’s industry-leading, application-specific products enhance electronic-device performance in three key sectors—semiconductors, components and electronic interconnect—by enabling precision fine-tuning of device microfeatures in high-volume manufacturing environments. Founded in 1944, ESI is headquartered in Portland, Ore.