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Reedholm in WBG Collaboration with Texas State University

Piner Research Group partnership to refine measurement instrumentation and long-term reliability stress capabilities for GaN, SiC, GaN on Si, and other WBG devices and materials

Reedholm Systems has formally engaged with the Piner Research Group (located on the Texas State University Campus) to develop reliability methods and standards for production test of wide band gap (WBG) devices as well as to provide technical consulting services to Reedholm Systems.

The parties recognise the unique needs and challenges faced by WBG device manufacturers and Reedholm Systems"˜ need to refine its measurement instrumentation and long-term reliability stress capabilities specifically for the GaN, SiC, GaN on Si, and other WBG devices and materials.

The terms of the agreement with the Piner Research Group also call for Reedholm Systems to install one of its industry leading 10kV/50A WBG Parametric Test Systems for process control and die sort measurements of WBG devices. The system can also be extended for reliability stress test requirements for HTOL, HTRB, and HTGB requirements (depicted below) for WBG research projects undertaken by Reedholm Systems personnel, the Piner Research Group and Texas State University PhD students.

Since 1983, Reedholm is one of the pioneers of production parametric test. Located in Georgetown, just up the road from Austin TX, Reedholm Systems provides parametric and reliability test systems, including systems designed for high power wide band gap requirements.

The Piner Research Group, led by Edwin L Piner, is principally focused on research and technology development in the growth and characterisation, semiconductor fabrication, and performance optimisation and reliability of wide bandgap materials for solid-state device applications. Prior to joining Texas State University, Piner spent a decade as the director of advanced technology for Nitronex, a WBG device manufacturer. He also worked as a research engineer and project manager at ATMI specialising in III-V Nitride epitaxial processes.

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