Semiconductor Testing: Chroma ATE Acquires ESS

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ESS is a supplier of thermal platforms, space simulation thermal chambers, cascade condensers, and liquid recirculating chillers, which adopt high-power cryogenic cooling to support emerging applications

Chroma ATE Inc. has acquired 100 per cent of the shares of Environmental Stress Systems, Inc. (ESS). The main product of ESS consists of thermal forcing systems that can reach temperatures ranging from -104°C to +175°C.

This technology, as noted by Chroma, enables it to grow their expertise on temperature control in semiconductor test equipment and meet the testing requirements of the wafer market for extremely low and high temperatures.

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“The acquisition of ESS provides Chroma with the chance to further expand into the market of semiconductor test applications, such as in aerospace, electric/self-driving vehicles, 5G, AIoT, and biomedical test equipment. Chroma expects that the opportunities resulting from this synergy will create a strong platform for future growth,” read an official note.

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Founded in 1984, Chroma ATE Inc. is a supplier of precision test and measurement instrumentation, automated test systems, intelligent manufacturing systems, and test & automation turnkey solutions marketed globally under the brand name “Chroma”. Chroma has branch offices in Europe, the United States, Japan, Korea, China, and Southeast Asia. However, ensuring that the chips can still function normally in the extremely cold environment of space remains an important issue. ESS, as per Chroma, offers technology with high-power and extremely low-temperature cooling at the core, for simulating the harsh environment in space.

Founded in 1989, ESS is a supplier of thermal platforms, space simulation thermal chambers, cascade condensers, and liquid recirculating chillers, which adopt high-power cryogenic cooling to support emerging applications.

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