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Ni has strengthened cooperation with local partners in China to tackle the semiconductor testing market. In the first half of 2019, despite the surging global semiconductor market, China, as the world's largest semiconductor consumer market, is still the growth engine of the global semiconductor market. According to the white paper on the development trend of the global semiconductor market released by CCID Consulting, the global semiconductor market reached US $468.8 billion in 2018, with a year-on-year increase of 13.7%. The market scale reached a record high, and the growth rate was also one of the fastest years since 2010. Among them, China accounted for the highest proportion, reaching 33.8%

in 2019, emerging technologies such as 5g and AI will become an important driving force for the growth of the semiconductor market, driving new applications such as intelligent transportation, intelligent manufacturing, smart medicine, smart home and smart life. China's semiconductor market will usher in major development opportunities. The beautiful scene of terminal application is close at hand, but the whole industry must also face the requirements of higher performance, smaller size and lower cost for chips put forward by terminal application, taking the Class B1 Standard in the new national standard GB8624 (2) 012 "classification of flammability of building materials and products" as an example. All these make practitioners face more severe challenges. Chip testing as a key part of the semiconductor industry, its importance is self-evident

ni (national instruments, for short, Ni) has long been committed to the research and development of automated testing technology. For the semiconductor market, Ni has launched a series of products ranging from ate, PXI to STS systems, serving the important links of semiconductor production and manufacturing such as design verification, wafer manufacturing, packaging, etc. The first half of 2019 has passed, and a series of actions of Ni have also highlighted the importance of the Chinese market. By constantly strengthening cooperation with local partners, Ni will provide Chinese customers with solutions and services closer to local needs

Ni semiconductor test plan

Ni and Weihua technology expand cooperation based on STS system, and are optimistic about the opportunities of China's semiconductor market

Ni has continuously invested in the Chinese market for more than 20 years, and has established a perfect R & D team in China, as well as a considerable scale of local system support, maintenance and service teams to support the development of the Chinese market. Recently, Ni, the local partner of Ni, added a new member. Ni announced to cooperate with Weihua in Greater China. Weihua will be responsible for the distribution of Ni STS system in Greater China. At the same time, it will match Weihua's existing sorting machines, detectors, probe cards and other products to provide overall solutions for Chinese customers

sts system integrates Ni PXI platform, TestStand test management software and LabVIEW graphical programming tool in the completely closed test head, which is very suitable for semiconductor production and testing environment

both sides are very satisfied with this cooperation. In just two months, they have made a lot of preliminary preparations, such as visiting a number of fabless customers together and doing a lot of technical training for Weihua's employees

Gaohanyu, general manager of Weihua technology, said: Ni has the world's leading semiconductor testing technology. Weihua technology has 32 years of experience in the testing industry and the largest engineering and service team in the mainland. It has accumulated a lot of experience in marketing and sales. The combination of the two sides can not only provide customers with overall solutions, but also provide value-added services of factory management and mass production management

the development of RF, IOT and millimeter wave in the future makes both sides full of confidence in the future Chinese semiconductor market. Joseph soo, vice president of sales in the Asia Pacific region of Ni, said: China is one of the most important markets for Ni's semiconductor business. Ni will continue to invest in the Chinese market, Chinese employees and partners. Through the cooperation with Weihua this time, we believe that we can achieve further business growth in Greater China

ni PXI platform helps sirip realize the deployment from laboratory automated testing to mass production

according to IC insights data, the top 10 IC manufacturers accounted for 60% of the global sales of analog chips in 2018, reaching US $36.1 billion, compared with us $32.3 billion in 2017 and US $28.4 billion in 2016, showing an upward trend year by year. Among them, the strong sales of power management IC, special analog chips and signal converters are expected to become the main driving force of analog growth in the next five years. In recent years, in China's analog chip market, downstream applications such as intelligent terminal equipment and automotive electronics have promoted the demand for analog chips, and some excellent Chinese local manufacturers have a very bright performance

sirip Microelectronics (3peak) is one of the few IC design companies focusing on high-performance analog signal chain in China. After 10 years of rapid development and accumulation, it has formed a product matrix covering operational amplifier, analog-to-digital conversion, digital to analog conversion, video filtering, audio filtering, interface chip, power source management, etc. With the increasing variety of products and the increasing complexity of product design, automatic testing is required. In laboratory testing, there are two core elements to be considered: the modular design of the test project and improving the reuse of the test module. At the international wire and cable Symposium (IWCS), it was announced that the new generation of optical fiber coating technology desolite supercoatings was launched

in the process of building the laboratory automated test system, sirip introduced the Ni PXI system and began to build an automated test platform based on the PXI system. The establishment of this platform has greatly shortened the verification cycle of products, from the average test time of one week to two to three days. Mature amplifier products can even shorten the cycle to 4 to 8 hours

IC design company laboratories with high-performance analog signal chain have great demand for automated testing

after sirip successfully solved the problem of building laboratory automated testing platform, it had to face the subsequent mass production testing problem. Sirip innovatively chose the Ni STS system. The advantages of STS in mass production testing are reflected in four aspects: it can shorten the time for customers to bring products to market, it can quickly realize test updates through software packages, low cost advantages, and the test efficiency is even higher than that of ate

in addition, the code migration from PXI platform to STS platform is convenient and fast. Through the special loadboard design, products can be imported into mass production more quickly. With the help of PXI and STS systems, sirip has realized the rapid deployment from laboratory to mass production, which greatly saves the test and development time, shortens the product development cycle, and enables the product to be brought to the market more quickly

Ni assisted sirip to achieve rapid deployment from laboratory to mass production

Ni assisted Kangxi communication to lead the RF front-end chinachip

the latest statistical data released by GSA in early July showed that by the end of June, there were 96 5g terminals worldwide, a total of 12 types, and 39 5g terminal manufacturers. In the first year of 5g business, 5g terminals showed a booming development trend

the booming 5g development has spawned a massive demand for RF front-end chips. In the face of a huge market, major RF front-end chip manufacturers at home and abroad are gearing up for battle. Kangxi communication, a chip design company with well-known RF front-end IC technology in China, has successfully shipped tens of millions of WiFi 5 RF front-end chips, and first achieved mass production of WiFi 6 RF front-end chips in China. In addition, with the official test and verification of the first 5g NR early summer daylight saving front-end chip produced by Kangxi communication in China Mobile, it means that China will enter the international market with strong RF front-end chip competitiveness

5g RF front-end chips will add analog, RF and digital, resulting in increased test complexity. If the traditional ate is used for relevant testing, it needs to redesign some new modules, or even design new machines, which will increase the test cost and complexity of the test system. As a partner of Kangxi communication, Ni gives the most convenient way to deal with it, that is, the PXI based test scheme. As the core of Ni platformization method, Ni PXI Technology is very suitable for 5g RF front-end testing. PXI can achieve a very good synchronization mechanism to help engineers improve the test speed

at the MWC 2019 Shanghai Exhibition held not long ago, Kangxi communication booth showed the leading RF front-end test scheme based on PXI platform created by Ni for Kangxi communication

ni PXI test platform appears at MWC 2019 Shanghai Exhibition Kangxi communication booth

in addition to continuous technological innovation, Ni has always respected the local ecology and service mode. In view of China's semiconductor market environment, through in-depth cooperation with Chinese local enterprises, Ni accurately grasps customer needs and continues to win the trust of Chinese customers. Qiao Wei, general manager of Ni China, stressed that Ni is a globally operated company. When we specifically serve each region and even each country, we will build an ecosystem locally and choose a service model and sales model suitable for the local area

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