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Ohio State University HELIOS Facility At The Cutting Edge Of Package Failure Analysis

TeraView, (www.teraview.com) the pioneer and leader in terahertz solutions and technology is pleased to announce a major collaboration with Ohio State University.

The Hyperspectral Engine Lab for Integrated Optical Systems (HELIOS) is a Third Frontier supported project based within the Electrical Engineering Department of Ohio State University. Headed by Prof J Volakis, HELIOS aims to bring together innovative terahertz and photonic based companies with commercial collaborators. Through the provision of its resources and the support of its collaborators the centre aims to help turn technology into commercial solutions.

As part of the collaboration TeraView has provided one of its Electro Optical Terahertz Pulsed Reflectometry (EOTPR) systems. These state of the art units were originally developed with Intel and are used for isolating faults in advanced 3D packages. This is the first time the technology has been made available outside of Intel and it is hoped to use the unit to expose the technology to a wider North American semi conductor audience.

“This is a great opportunity for TeraView.” Said Dr Arnone, Teraview’s CEO, “Many semiconductor companies are reluctant to send their new developments overseas. With the unit at HELIOS customers can quickly run samples and see firsthand how this technology can isolate faults days quicker than current technologies. Over time we clearly believe that this will lead to more business for TeraView in North America and to support this we are looking to set up our US office within the region”

Beyond EOTPR both parties are looking for further areas to collaborate. Areas such as pharmaceuticals, security and medical are under consideration.

Note for editors

The EOTPR system provides an alternative use of THz signal. Electrical pulses containing frequency components in the THz region are generated and able to propagate through interconnects in semiconductor packages allowing greatly improved fault isolation.

About TeraView

TeraView is the world’s first company devoted to the application of Terahertz light for spectroscopy and imaging. A spin out from Toshiba and Cambridge university in 2001 and employing circa 25 staff, Teraview has been developing the technology across a number of areas, which in which include; medical imaging, electronics, defense and security, non-destructive testing and pharmaceuticals. Headquartered in Cambridge, sales and support are available throughout Europe, North America and the Far East either directly or through a network of distributors.