Presto Engineering offers specialised testing service for CMOS image sensors up to 12 in.

March 8, 2018 ECD Staff
CMOS Image sensor wafer
CMOS Image sensor wafer

Testing CMOS image sensors on a wafer-size scale is not easy because of the challenges of creating uniform illumination over a large area. Presto Engineering has developed a custom, computer-controlled solution that illuminates sections of the wafer in turn. Integrating the results enables the whole wafer to be tested automatically for an array of large sensors or even sensors that are right up to the size of an entire 12-inch wafer.

Commercial testing of small image sensors is very easy as the small areas involved are easy to illuminate with a controlled, uniform test pattern of light. But, as the area increases, it becomes harder to maintain the uniformity across the test area of an individual sensor due to the limitation of the optics. By illuminating sections of the wafer in turn, Presto is able to merge the results together to test the functionality of the image sensors on the wafer.

The need for larger image sensors is being driven, in particular, by medical imaging and aerospace that can require whole wafer-sized, image sensors and are transitioning from CCD to CMOS solutions. Similarly, security and military applications, etc. are all wanting larger, better sensors to provide the resolution required to provide clear sharp images, as well as other 4K resolution cameras. The tester is located in Presto's EAL 5/6+ facilities so that it meets the security needs of sensitive applications.

Presto's Teradyne IP750Ex based test solution provides a large (80x100mm), uniform (+/-2%), high-intensity illumination field up to 10K Lux at a range of colour temperatures. Built-in IR filtering prevents sensor damage. Its ability create a customised test solution for complex devices (as large as 32M pixels at speeds up to 200MHz) on up to 12-inch wafers enables fast ramps without compromising cost-of-test.

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