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The present invention provides a membrane probe contact bump compliancy system implemented in an integrated circuit (IC) testing system to nondestructively test a wafer. This integrated circuit system includes a test controller which is capable of controlling and executing a set of test programs, a wafer dispensing system, and a probe card. Under control of the test controller, the wafer dispensing system handles and controls the wafer for the performance of said set of test program. The probe card has a performance board and a plurality of probes. In cooperation with the wafer dispensing system, the probe card positions each of the probes to engage the wafer substantially at a predefined location with a controlled amount of force. The performance board further includes a transmission line corresponding to each probe. The probes are affixed to the performance board with each probe connected to a corresponding transmission line such that each probe is in electric communication with the test controller via the performance board. The probe card further includes a probe compliancy system disposed between the performance board and the probes. The compliancy system includes at least one elastomer layer and at least one deflectable protection layer. The probe compliancy system cushions the probes in engaging the wafer and the deflectable protection layers protect the elastomeric layers.

Title
Membrane probe contact bump compliancy system
Application Number
7/801702
Publication Number
5180977
Application Date
December 2, 1991
Publication Date
January 19, 1993
Inventor
Richard E Huff
Belmont
CA, US
Agent
Thomas E Schatzel
Assignee
Hoya Corporation USA
CA, US
IPC
G01R 31/02
G01R 1/06
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