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Presto Becomes IBM Business Partner for SiGe Testing

Presto attains Ready for IBM Technology status for testing of IBM SiGe BiCMOS devices

SAN JOSE, Calif., — Presto Engineering, a leading semiconductor product engineering company, announced today that the company has become an IBM Business Partner and has been awarded Ready for IBM Technology validation for RF test services. Foundry customers can gain access to highly specialized RF testing services from the Presto Engineering Hub located in Silicon Valley.

The Ready for IBM Technology program is a collaborative ecosystem of companies that enables IBM to complement its semiconductor capabilities and provide complete foundry solutions to clients. This ecosystem can help IBM’s foundry customers speed time to market, reduce development risk, lower development costs and improve return on investment by identifying IP, design and manufacturing solutions that have been tested and validated for compatibility with IBM Foundry technologies.

IBM Business Partners in the Ready for IBM Technology program support a comprehensive set of solutions, including RF design services, digital design services, libraries, mixed signal IP cores, nonvolatile memory, reference flows, simulation tools, test and packaging services. The Ready for IBM Technology foundry program was launched in 2002, and since that time more than 30 companies have been awarded Ready for IBM Technology certification.

“High frequency testing, characterization and debug are vital to the timely release of products, especially in the rapidly evolving communications segment of the semiconductor industry. Our team has demonstrated technical excellence in supporting customer projects incorporating IBM SiGe technology, for both wafer-level and packaged units, enabling our company to become an IBM business partner. We are pleased to be part of the IBM Microelectronics supply chain and welcome the opportunity to service our joint customer’s newest SiGe devices, spanning first silicon characterization through to production testing,” stated Dr. Michel Villemain, Presto Engineering founder and CEO.

The Presto Hubs offer customers the ability to use high frequency test and measurement equipment, as well as leading edge RF-ATE; Roos Instruments Cassini platform, supporting DC to 100GHz source and measure, and the Verigy 93K Port Scale RF test system. Presto technical staff can also assist with test program development, probe card design utilizing GGB and Cascade Microtech high frequency probe systems, load board development and automatic handler support.

Additional Hub services offered by Presto include stress testing required for engineering and product qualification, covering reliability testing for temperature, environmental and electrical stresses, as well as both physical and electrical fault isolation and failure analysis.

About Presto Engineering

Presto Engineering, an ISO 9001 company, delivers “ Design Success Analysis”, integrated test and product engineering solutions to IDM and fabless companies. Operating from hubs in Silicon Valley and Europe, our business is focused on helping to improve the speed and predictability of new product releases.  Presto combines unique technical expertise, extensive industry experience and leading edge ATE for SoC and RF, along with reliability, FIB, FA/FI services to offer a complete product engineering solution designed to complement our customer’s internal resources. More information can be found at