UPDATED. 2022-11-28 16:36 (월)
QRT developing new chip soft error tester and RF chip tester
QRT developing new chip soft error tester and RF chip tester
  • JY Han
  • 승인 2022.04.26 19:05
  • 댓글 0
이 기사를 공유합니다

SK Hynix’s core partner hoping to make equipment major revenue source
Image: QRT
Image: QRT

Chip and component reliability testing firm QRT was developing new chip testing equipment with the aim to make the business a major source of revenue by 2025, TheElec has learned.

The company was aiming to sell its semiconductor soft error tester and 5G mmWave spectrum RF accelerated life tester, people familiar with the matter said. QRT is hoping to launch these kits in 2023, they added.

Soft error, as opposed to hardware malfunction, is caused by particles from outer space.

When these particles clash with a semiconductor, the nucleus of the silicon is shattered and becomes an alpha particle. Electron-hole pair generation occurs during this process, which causes operation that the device in question didn’t plan.

A 0 can turn into a 1, and vice versa. The acceleration problems in vehicles made by Toyota and Lexus during 2009 and 2010 were also caused by soft errors.

Standard ISO26262 includes articles that grade the safety level of automotive electronic devices by measuring how much soft error they are prone to.

Vendors must get a 10FITs(failure-in-time, 10FITs means 10 errors per 1 billion times) soft error rate to receive the Automotive Safety Integrity Level D, the highest safety grade there is.

QRT offers its soft error tester for this measurement. The company previously said it expects demand for these testers is expected to increase from small companies and conglomerates alike. QRT is part of multiple national projects to develop the testers and is aiming to commercialize them in 2023.

QRT is also collaborating with a South Korean chip giant for its 5G mmWave spectrum accelerated life tester. The tester tests RF chips, which is currently costly to test.

Meanwhile, QRT currently offers reliability and analysis testing services for chipmakers. It tests chips it receives from customers; these tests include life span, environmental, electric and mechanical stresses. Its analysis service analyzes the outer surface, electric characteristics, defects and material of chips.

Last year, QRT recorded 72 billion won in revenue and 16.5 billion won in operating income. It is aiming to secure equal earnings to this from its equipment business alone.

The company started as a team within Hyundai Electronics, now SK Hynix, in 1983. It eventually became a team within SK HyENG, a subsidiary of SK Hynix, but split off as a separate company in 2014. SK Hynix is its major customer.

QRT is currently being evaluated by financial authorities as it plans to go public within the first half of this year.


댓글삭제
삭제한 댓글은 다시 복구할 수 없습니다.
그래도 삭제하시겠습니까?
댓글 0
댓글쓰기
계정을 선택하시면 로그인·계정인증을 통해
댓글을 남기실 수 있습니다.

  • 515, Nonhyeon-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea 4F, Ahsung Bldg.
  • 대표전화 : 82-2-2658-4707
  • 팩스 : 82-2-2659-4707
  • 청소년보호책임자 : Stan LEE
  • 법인명 : The Elec Inc.
  • 제호 : THE ELEC, Korea Electronics Industry Media
  • 등록번호 : 서울, 아05435
  • 등록일 : 2018-10-15
  • 발행일 : 2018-10-15
  • 발행인 : JY HAN
  • 편집인 : JY HAN
  • THE ELEC, Korea Electronics Industry Media Prohibiting unauthorized duplication,publishing,modification and distribution the material on this Site for any purpose.
  • Copyright © 2022 THE ELEC, Korea Electronics Industry Media. All rights reserved. mail to powerusr@thelec.kr
ND소프트