An intelligent, independent and universal mechanical balancing apparatus for automatic microwave multi-probe slide screw tuners allows stable on-wafer testing of sub-micrometric devices. Low loss rigid airlines (bend-lines) used to connect the multi-probe tuner with the chips, in order to improve the tuning range at the DUT reference plane, causes mechanical movements of the wafer probes attached to the rigid bend-lines, when the tuner mobile carriages move horizontally. Stabilizing the center of gravity (balancing) of the tuner by means of exactly controlled counter-weights, driven by the same firmware which controls the tuner motors, allows for synchronized compensation of the probe movement and safe on wafer load pull operation.
Intelligent Mechanical Balancing Apparatus for Slide Screw Tuner / 9,431,999
Tuesday, August 30, 2016