Keysight Technologies' New Third-Generation Parametric Test Solution Reduces Time-To-Market, Lowers Cost-Of-Test


The latest parametric test solution, with "TRUE" parametric per-pin architecture, boosts speed using enhanced direct charge measurement technology


  • The Keysight P9000 is already the industry's fastest and most versatile semiconductor parametric test solution used in R&D and the mass production of advanced logic and memory ICs
  • The third generation of the P9000, with its new parametric test unit module, boosts test speed further and overcomes challenge of capacitance measurement
  • The new test unit module allows the measurement of leaky capacitance of cutting edge semiconductor processes and provides 100-pin parallel capacitance measurement

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Jan. 8, 2018

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announced the third generation of its P9000 series massively parallel parametric test system. The system accelerates the fast ramp of new technology and reduces the cost-of-test in the development and manufacturing of advanced semiconductor logic and memory ICs. For example, with the new types of device structure and higher performance, the required amount of parametric test data per advanced technology node (less than or equal to 20 nm) is drastically increasing.

When the P9000 was introduced, it enabled 100-pin parallel measurements for multiple devices on silicon wafer by using a dedicated per-pin test unit module. The module had all the typical measurement functions required for parametric test (e.g., voltage, current, capacitance, pulse, and frequency). In addition, direct charge measurement (DCM) technology enabled fast, 100-pin parallel capacitance measurements.

The second generation of the P9000 included the Keysight developed rapid Vt measurement technology. The rapid Vt measurement technology provided single measurements of threshold voltage (Vt) that were more than four times faster than any of the conventional test methods. In addition to 100-pin parallel measurement, faster single parameter measurements provided by the DCM and rapid Vt measurement technology enabled further improvements in test speed. Thus, advanced foundry and memory companies have adopted the P9000 platform (first and second generations) as their next-generation parametric test solution.

With the introduction of the third generation of P9000—with the new per-pin parametric test module, the Keysight P9015A—the tester has further shortened the time of capacitance measurements to address the trend of increasing test volumes of capacitance due to multi-layer interconnection and new device structure. The new module enables the measurement of leaky capacitance by using its enhanced DCM technology and enables greater than two times faster single capacitance measurement with good data correlation for various type of capacitance (compared to conventional LCR meter). In addition, the 100-pin parallel capability of capacitance measurement allows customers to achieve further throughput improvement.

"Hundreds of the P9000 are already being used in R&D and in volume production by a number of semiconductor companies, such as advanced logic foundries and memory manufactures," said Masaki Yamamoto, vice president and general manager of Keysight's Wafer Test Solutions. "Keysight continues to enhance the P9000 to further reduce the customer's time-to-market and reduce the cost-of-test. The third-generation P9000 provides the fastest parallel parametric test solution, with a 100-pin, 'TRUE' parametric per-pin module, even with the test structures used in conventional test systems."

Additional Information

More information about the P9000 is available at An image of the solution is available at

About Keysight Technologies

Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) is a leading technology company that helps its engineering, enterprise and service provider customers accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight's solutions optimize networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimization in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor and general electronics end markets. Keysight generated revenues of $3.2 B in fiscal year 2017. In April 2017, Keysight acquired Ixia, a leader in network test, visibility, and security. More information is available at

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