Chipset Manufacturing

With increased demands throughout the world, many semiconductor manufacturers have been expanding their capabilities for solutions and services. To meet the higher demand for these integrated circuits, also referred to as chips, the semiconductor industry has been moving away from Mosfet (Silicon) to GaN (Galium Nitride) powered devices. This transition to GaN offers an efficient way to handle high power at a smaller size and lighter weight.

For the increased demands in production of Chipsets, there will come a demand for RF coaxial cabling solutions for both validation and test and measurement. Traditional testing and validation of Chipset and low-power semiconductor designs were done using DC voltage, but that process is time consuming. The new trend is to use RF cable assemblies, and those of smaller diameters are particularly ideal for the Chipset testing environment. RF testing validates the device’s adherence to specification levels expected by the end-user.

The RF assemblies used will be connected and disconnected frequently, so they require reliable connectors. Since they will be flexed repeatedly, phase and amplitude must remain constant regardless of motion or flex to ensure consistent test performance. Without an RF cable being stable during flexure, testing can be compromised, as unstable IL and VSWR will destroy the DUT.

The robust flexible RF test cable assemblies from Times Microwave Systems are built for phase and amplitude stability over the life of the cable. Materials used to ensure phase stability and amplitude include Times Microwave’s TF4™ dielectric. As a manufacturer with design, production, assembly and testing capabilities, Times Microwave Systems has a large range of RF test cable assemblies to meet the requirements for Chipset manufacturing and testing, including custom solutions. Times Microwave Systems offers local support in both India and Globally through our direct sales team and distribution partners.

A Comparison of RF Cable Assemblies for Chipset Manufacturing

Product LineMax FrequencyFlexibilityPhase & Amplitude Stability Vs FlexureArmored/UnarmoredAttenuation
Clarity 1818 GHzVery GoodExcellentBothExcellent
Clarity 2626.5 GHzVery GoodExcellentBothExcellent
Clarity 4040 GHzVery GoodExcellentBothExcellent
Clarity 5050 GHzVery GoodExcellentArmoredVery Good
Clarity 7070 GHzExcellentExcellentArmoredExcellent
Clarity 110110 GHzExcellentExcellentArmoredVery Good
Silverline 1818 GHzVery GoodExcellentBothVery Good
Silverline 2626.5 GHzVery GoodExcellentUnarmoredVery Good
MaxGain 13050 GHzVery GoodGoodUnarmoredExcellent
MaxGain 16040 GHzVery GoodGoodUnarmoredExcellent
MaxGain 20030 GHzVery GoodGoodUnarmoredExcellent
MaxGain 30018 GHzGoodGoodUnarmoredExcellent
InstaBend 04750 GHzExcellentGoodUnarmoredVery Good
InstaBend 08650 GHzExcellentGoodUnarmoredVery Good
InstaBend 14132 GHzExcellentGoodUnarmoredVery Good
TFlex 40118 GHzExcellentGoodUnarmoredVery Good
TFlex 40230 GHzExcellentGoodUnarmoredVery Good
TFlex 40540 GHzExcellentGoodUnarmoredVery Good


Frequently Asked Questions

Are phase stability and amplitude stability important for test cables?

Yes, phase stability and amplitude stability are key for test cables. For more information on this topic, watch this video.

How to choose high speed test cable assemblies?

For RF test cable assemblies, find high-quality, long-lasting cables with high electrical and mechanical stability.

Does Times have high power RF cables for RF plasma etching on semiconductors?

Yes, more information on these cables can be found in this brochure.

Does Times have test probe connectors and cable assemblies for RF wafer probe stations?

Yes, more information about these products can be found here.

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