October 31, 2023

We have decided to assign a special edition of our yearly MOCCA (MOst Creative Customer Award), to appreciate the long-term cooperation with Andreas Kux and Volker Pissors from Infineon.

Tamás Kerekes comments the award:
“Andreas and Volker are retiring. We have worked together on many challenging projects for over more than 25 years. We were not just their suppliers, and they were not only just our customers: we were a team striving to achieve results.
We achieved such results, spending days and sometimes nights in the laboratory. Andreas surely remembers when we demonstrated a sotiware bug by shorting a resistor deeply inside a climatic chamber. Volker might never forget how a tiny FPGA timing error caused unexplainable array content.
Over these 25 years, I have learnt a lot from Andreas and from Volker. And what I have learnt today is inside our TESTMESH, NanoCycler and BarnieMAT products. Andreas, Volker, thanks for your cooperation. I am looking forward to staying in touch with you. Our business relationship might be ending, but our friendship will remain.”

Dr. Volker Pissors, adds:

“Episode 1 – before Qimonda

My career at INFINEON started mid of 2000 – first as product engineer for wireless chips. In 2001 I have got the chance to join a young development team working on a new NAND and NOR compatible technology.

Looking for a flexible and easy to use ATE for NVM devices we found the RIFLE. The first device under test was a tiny NVM array implementing the base macro of the targeted NAND and NOR compatible products. Testing this macro on the RIFLE we learned a lot about this new NVM technology called NROM.

In the next development phase, we used the RIFLE also for first characterization and reliability tests. The included RIFLE software tools accelerated the engineering work a lot (plot distributions, digital and analogue bitmaps, fail bit addresses, etc.).

Episode 2 – Qimonda

At Qimonda, a memory spin-off of INFINEON, we used the RIFLE SE (second edition) for characterizing new MLC NAND macros. The extended digital control capabilities of the RIFLE SE enabled the operation control of this macro (read, erase and multilevel program).

Finally, the first 16Gbit NAND product of Qimonda was characterized using RIFLE SE in 2007. The filtering engine of the BarnieMAT tool have been co-developed in 2007. Still a powerful feature of BarnieMAT today.

Episode 3 – today

Today the collaboration is focused on data analysis using BarnieMAT (see MOCCA 2019).

Episode 4 – the future

My successors will look for new engineering test equipment – a new and great opportunity for a NplusT hardware revival at INFINEON!”

Dr. Andreas Kux also shares:
“After starting at INFINEON 1995 in the development of EEPROM for chipcard application I am sharing a lot of the path and episodes as described by Volker Pissors. Focus on my side was geting products ready for qualification and – especially in NAND development – supporting that
from the very early stages of development.
Key points in the first phase of working with NplusT (episodes 1&2) were

  • RIFLE as bench tester for NROM technology was available on quite a number of product engineering workplaces coming with software for immediate visibility of results supporting low cycle time in analyses;
  • Increased use of analysis features was leading to the approach to make bitmap tooling available also offline as part of Barnie package;
  • NAND multi-level visualization was defined and implemented together with NplusT.

When I started to work for INFINEON automotive microcontrollers there was an already existing link to NplusT based on a RIFLE SE test system. The software part was revived and extended in two major steps (episode 3).

  • The starting point for using Barnie was providing a unique base for bitmapping in FAR handling for a wide range of products;
  • Since then colleagues took over expanding the use of Barnie not only for analysis but also linked to production data (see MOCCA 2019).”

September 10, 2020

NplusT announces version 7 of the BarnieMAT array analysis software, building on the success of the previous versions and including the following major extensions:

  • A new data management engine supports the analysis of production-level datasets, typically in the 100 GB domain
  • A new library for processing image sensor measurement data.

BarnieMAT has been widely recognized for its intuitive user interface and insightful analysis & presentation of array data for product development and device characterization. Version 7 also includes:

  • Enhanced integration with external Python-based data analysis environment
  • Multi-thread processing support
  • Optimized disk space usage by automated compression/decompression of the data objects
  • New format to efficiently store shape-based bitmaps
  • Extended statistical information generation of 2D and 3D distributions
  • Additional and enhanced data processing library functions
  • Usability and performance improvements.

February 10, 2020

The MOCCA 2019 (MOst Creative Customer Award) was assigned to Nellina Mautone, appreciating her activities in flash data analysis using BarnieMAT.

Tamás Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT:
“We are really appreciating the cooperation with Nellina and with the entire Infineon team.
The developed toolset, based on our BarnieMAT technology, is an excellent example of efficient management of large quantities of data aimed at extracting and presenting information in a way that is intelligible to the human brain, in order to reach faster and safer decisions. Infineon is also an important partner in the definition of the product roadmap, asking for new features according to the changing needs of the user community.”

Nellina Mautone, Staff Engineer of Infineon Technologies:
“When we started our project around a year ago, one of our main challenges was the application of BarnieMAT, until then used for technology analysis, in a different environment for processing manufacturing data. Our team, which involves several students and benefits from the expertise of Mr. Rudolf Ullmann (Lead Principal Engineer of Infineon Technologies Munich), needed and continues to need more features and better performance.
The integration with an external Python-based data processing environment is an answer to ever-challenging demands, and proved to be an enabler of our work. We see BarnieMAT as a well-structured and well-supported tool, matching our requirements and ensuring the maturity which allows us to focus on our analysis tasks.”

September 10, 2018

NplusT and GAMAX Laboratory Solutions started a cooperation to develop new data analysis possibilities by combining the dedicated array processing features of BarnieMAT with the general high volume data analysis possibilities of MATLAB. As the first step, a training was given to the GAMAX engineering team.

The training focused on the advanced utilization of the BarnieMAT software and on the array data generation using a NanoCycler tester.

Tamas Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT and Tibor Turkevi-Nagy, Managing Director of GAMAX Laboratory Solutions, expect a market-ready product for the second quarter of 2019 which will be marketed by both parties for the specific application areas.

April 4, 2018

The recently released 5.2 version of BarnieMAT provides significant improvements as:

  • Floating license management
  • Renewed installation infrastructure
  • Python programmability

NplusT continues to invest in the toolset providing periodic enhancements for an always larger customer base.

February 4, 2016

Sidense Corp., a leading developer of silicon-proven, embedded Non-Volatile Memory (NVM), has deployed our BarnieMAT software as their internal array data analysis platform.
After the startup and training session in Ottawa, Brent Taylor, Sidense’s Director of Product and Test Engineering, said:

Our test team is eager to start using BarnieMAT as a way to accelerate the evaluation cycle time for our 1T-OTP memory. We look forward to an excellent return on our investment in this tool.

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