Testing Services

Testing photonic integrated circuits (PICs) poses unique challenges compared to traditional IC chip testing due to the requirement for both electrical and optical probing. This testing can be conducted at the wafer level (Wafer Level Testing) or after the chip has been diced or cleaved (Die Level Testing). Precise alignment of optical probes with sub-micrometer precision is crucial for characterizing photonic waveguide components. VLC Photonics offers comprehensive manual and automated testing capabilities tailored to your project requirements.

Testing offerings:
  1. Wafer Level Testing:
    Involves the fully automated alignment of probes with nanometer precision, characterizing optical, electrical DC, and RF parameters.
  2. Die Level Testing:
    Testing for of diced or cleaved dies. Semi-automated setups allow for much greater flexibility in the characterization setup and the kind of experiments and measurements possible, while fully automated setups can accurately measure 100’s-1000’s of individual dies with great speed and repeatibility.

Packaged PIC Testing:
Chip-on-board (CoB) or Chip-on-carrier (CoC) assemblies allow for an easier measurement due to predefined connectorized inputs and outputs via electrical pins and optical fiber pigtails. Full characterization and testing services are also provided for packaged dies.

Services Offerings:

In-Depth Analysis:
Detailed visual inspection, Ccomprehensive analysis of measurement traces, failure modes analysis, root cause analysis, and test reports for compliance with specifications.

Layout Optimization and Design for Testing:
Expert advice on layout arrangement for probing and measurement optimization, ensuring efficient testing processes.

Complete optical testing can be performed at signal frequencies up to 110 GHz frequency, using different types of light sources (lasers, supercontinuum, LEDs) at different wavelengths: from the visible to the near infra red.

Complete electrical testing – low and high electrical frequency testing, signal processing, multi probe testing stations.

If more extensive testing like environmental, radiation, mechanical (half sine, full wave vibration and shock tests) and temperature cycling or burn in are required, we have partners who can support too.

Capabilities:
  1. Clean Room Laboratories:
    Testing conducted in clean room laboratories by experienced engineers using state-of-the-art equipment. It is certified as ISO Class 6 (Class 1,000) with full ESD protection.
  2. ISO 9001 Certification:
    Adherence to ISO 9001 certified test processes, with proper calibration of instrumentation and redundancy in all equipment and components.
  3. Optical Testing:
    Complete optical testing with various light sources (lasers, supercontinuum, LEDs) spanning visible to near-infrared and mid-infrared wavelengths. 
  4. Electrical Testing:
    DC and RF testing up to 110 GHz frequency, signal processing, and multi-probe testing stations. 

Reliability Testing Services: Evaluate infant mortality with aging tests, including, temperature/current/voltage cycling, and burn-in testing. More advanced reliability tests for vibration, shock, radiation, etc. also available on demand.

PIC Development

PIC Development