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A method of evaluating the signal conditions in a probe measurement network of the type having a plurality of separate measurement channels, where each channel communicates through a corresponding device-probing end. The method includes providing an assembly which includes a conductive planar probing area on the upper face of a base and a reference junction connected to the probing area by a high-frequency transmission structure. The method further includes placing the respective device-probing end of a first one of the measurement channels into contact with the planar probing area, transmitting a high-frequency signal through both the measurement channel and the reference junction and, thereafter, measuring the signal. This step is repeated for the other measurement channels and the signal conditions in the different channels are then evaluated by comparing the measured signals, where such evaluation is facilitated by maintaining, via the high-frequency transmission structure, a transmission line of substantially constant high-frequency transmission characteristic between each device-probing end coming into contact with the planar probing area and the reference junction.

Title
Method of evaluating signal conditions in a probe measurement network having a plurality of separate measurement channels
Application Number
422439
Publication Number
5659255
Application Date
June 26, 1996
Publication Date
August 19, 1997
Inventor
K Reed Gleason
Portland
OR, US
Dale E Carlton
Portland
OR, US
Jerry B Schappacher
Portland
OR, US
Eric W Strid
Portland
OR, US
Agent
Chernoff Vilhauer McClung & Stenzel
Assignee
Cascade Microtech
OR, US
IPC
G01R 31/02
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