No product can be tested for years before it is launched on the marketplace. For this reason it is necessary to develop methods to show in the shortest possible time how long electronic components can function. In the new CD laboratory, the electronics are subject to mechanical stress, connected to circuits, heated and cooled up to several thousand times per second. “This type of strain enables us to ensure that materials age within hours”, explained laboratory manager Golta Khatibi.
Fundamentally speaking, the physical features of metals and semiconductors are well known. However, these values can no longer be directly applied on a scale prevailing in the field of microelectronics. For this reason, the researchers want to precisely determine material properties on a scale which is generally used for semiconductor technology. In addition to Infineon, F&S Bondtec of Upper Austria, a specialist for joining and testing technology, is involved in the new Christian Doppler laboratory.