June 4, 2024

A leading European semiconductor manufacturer has chosen NplusT’s TESTMESH TMA-100 for the characterization of new emerging non-volatile technology devices. The decision was based on the significant speed advantage that TMA-100 offers, being several hundred times faster than competitive solutions.

May 6, 2024

NplusT – as gold sponsor of the event – will exhibit the TESTMESH non-volatile memory test system, aiming to accelerate the bring-up of novel technologies for data storage and in-memory neuromorphic computing.

Technology researchers and  product developers benefit from a compact, all-in-one instrument, embedding all resources necessary for the characterization. They can focus on the analysis rather than spending time and effort for the integration of a complex test bench. TESTMESH’s speed-optimized architecture and the engineering-oriented software accelerates their process to obtain reliable results.

Looking forward to meet you, see you in Seoul!

February 20, 2024

As a tradition spanning more than a decade, NplusT assigned the MOCCA award also in 2023, honoring the user of NplusT products and services demonstrating the highest creativity, imagination, and dedication.

This year, the award was granted to the team of Weebit Nano, a provider of ReRAM non-volatile memory (NVM) technology, for their introduction of the TESTMESH TMA-100 NVM characterization equipment in their workflow. The Weebit team includes: Ori Livne, Director of Testing; Alessandro Bricalli PhD, R&D Engineer; Giuseppe Piccolboni PhD, R&D Engineer; and Matan Guttman, Test Engineer.

Tamás Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT:

I have been following Weebit Nano since their very early days and I was impressed by how quickly the team was able to bring up a very new, extremely challenging technology. I am happy to support the company on their path to success. Weebit Nano is among the first users of our latest non-volatile memory characterization equipment, TESTMESH TMA-100, and certainly the first to apply it across multiple stages of technology development, from basic test devices to complex modules with embedded micro and digital interface. I am looking forward to continuing being part of Weebit Nano’s technology evaluation process.

Ilan Sever, VP of R&D, of Weebit Nano:

When developing a new memory technology like Weebit ReRAM, selecting the best testing and characterization solutions is a priority. We are delighted to partner with the team at NplusT, making its TESTMESH TMA-100 a key part of our flow. Together we designed the software, load boards and probe cards, going deep into every technical aspect.
At Weebit Nano, our products often have distinct working methodologies, and the TMA-100 easily accommodates these different procedures. This includes for example the ability to easily collaborate on the same platform with our R&D partner CEA-Leti.
Across our developments, the TMA-100 has saved us a lot of time and effort through product flexibility, the ability to reuse past developments, and the close support we receive from NplusT.

Weebit’s Ori Livne (left) and Matan Guttman (right) with the TESTMESH TMA-100
Weebit’s Ori Livne (left) and Matan Guttman (right) with the TESTMESH TMA-100

February 14, 2024

In a strategic move to expand its presence in India’s thriving industry, NplusT announces its partnership with Trove Hitec. With the country’s growing importance as a global technology provider, this collaboration testifies to NplusT’s commitment to meeting evolving market demands.
Tamas Kerekes, NplusT’s President and CEO, states: “We look forward to leveraging this partnership to deliver our state-of-the-art solutions for the fast emerging storage industry in India. This move underscores our dedication to growth and innovation in a key global market.”

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 29, 2023

Nplust’s CTO Nicola Campanelli was a speaker at the recent Italian Mathematical Union conference Cryptography and Coding, held at University of Perugia’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department on September 21-22, 2023.

The presentation, titled “The Coding Theory ​in Flash Memory Applications” highlighted the theory’s importance in error correction, data degradation detection, and data loss prevention strategies when using high performance NAND memories. The presentation is available at this link.

July 26, 2023

Join us to witness how we help our customers build great storage devices!

We are excited to showcase our latest achievements in increasing performance, reliability and lifetime, while reducing power consumption of memory devices.

At NplusT, we provide state-of-the-art instrumentation and cutting-edge data analysis software that unlocks the full potential of flash and emerging non-volatile memory devices. Our solutions – optimized to shorten time-to-market – empower you to gain an in-depth view of device behavior, enabling data-driven technology improvement and optimal management algorithms.

See you at the FMS 2023 in Santa Clara (CA), Booth 758, 8-10 August!

For any inquiries or further information, or to book a demo, please contact us at info@n-plus-t.com

May 24, 2023

Leaders in flash memory management technology will provide comprehensive design, testing services to industrial, automotive, medical, and aerospace sectors.

Tuxera and NplusT, two leaders in flash memory management technology, announced a partnership to provide a novel suite of value-added services, from flash testing and characterization to advanced flash management software. The partnership is aimed at helping customers bring safety-critical and high-reliability products to market more quickly and at lower costs.

Based in Finland, Tuxera is an international leader in developing quality-assured software for flash management, file system management, and networking, powering billions of devices, cars, and public cloud platforms worldwide. NplusT, located in Italy and known for shortening development times for its customers, is a provider of the fastest and most affordable solutions for characterization, testing and reliability verification of NAND and other non-volatile memory devices.

Officials of the two companies described their new partnership as “the best of both worlds.”

“NplusT has great experience on the hardware side—how to do NAND characterization, how to help the customer design the device so that they can produce it quickly, and all the while removing some of the risks,” said Marko Finnig, Vice President of Product Management at Tuxera. “So then the question is, how do you actually manage the NAND? That’s where Tuxera comes in. We create the flash translation layer, software that manages the NAND, and the file system on top of it. This allows our customers to create cost-effective devices that are reliable. So you get the best of both worlds—you get the cost-effectiveness, but you also get the reliability.”

“Tuxera has great software for managing storage at a high level, independent of component management,” said Tamas Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT. “What NplusT adds to Tuxera is low-level memory know-how, which is critical and important in two areas. There is the NAND chip itself, which requires very specific algorithms, which is one area of our expertise, coming from working with customers in the characterization. And the other is our knowledge of new memory technologies and characterization with semiconductor manufacturers.”

Kerekes said the partnership unites the strengths of his company and Tuxera to create something greater than the sum of its parts.

“This kind of strong cooperation between companies can create a much better product than what comes from trying to integrate two products from different companies,” Kerekes added. “We can do native integrations, which will deliver more performant and reliable results in the end.”

Tuxera and NplusT see the partnership as bringing benefits to both companies’ client bases, as it will introduce NplusT’s capabilities in flash memory testing to Tuxera’s broad spectrum of industry clients, and connect Tuxera’s flash controller and flash enablement software to the semiconductor manufacturers with whom NplusT works closely.

The partnership also will open the door to potential joint research and development efforts that can create solutions to better serve the needs of Tuxera’s and NplusT’s customers in the embedded market, the companies said.

Unlike traditional partnerships, the association between Tuxera and NplusT is not tied to the production of a specific product but instead is a comprehensive package of services that can be tailored to specific clients. Tuxera and NplusT encourage potential customers to contact them early in the product design phases in order to best leverage the companies’ full complement of skills.

April 3, 2023

Every year, the Most Creative Customer Award highlights and rewards the most advanced and creative utilization of NplusT’s products and services. The 2022 MoCCA has been awarded to STMicroelectronics Automotive Digital FA Team, for their activities setting up a failure analysis solution for embedded PCM memories. The ST team is managed by Peter Cini, Automotive and Discrete Group (ADG) Digital FA Manager; the project manager is Sergio Scrofani, ADG Digital FA Senior Engineer.

Tamás Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT:
We have a long-term collaboration with Peter, Sergio and the ST team. In the last period, we saw a significant increase in the challenges of implementing advanced failure analysis solutions, following the trend of the complexity of the automotive microcontroller products. Thanks to the work of Sergio, together with our Test Application Manager Alessandro Feriani, we’ve set up a new concept dedicated to PCM. This solution, created on top of our test platform and BarnieMAT data analysis software, is able to identify potential root causes of the failures through execution of specific electrical tests and measurements.

Peter Cini , STMicroelectronics ADG Digital FA Manager:
STMicroelectronics has collaborated with NplusT to develop embedded memory failure analysis diagnostic tools for Stellar MCUs, ST’s family of automotive microcontrollers for next-generation vehicles. Based on NplusT’s XINTscope and BarnieMAT platforms, the innovative tools provide a comprehensive diagnostic solution paired with a user-friendly and intuitive GUI that delivers efficient and effective failure analysis on our high-performance, highly sophisticated controllers.

NplusT MoCCA 2022 - STMicroelectronics Automotive Digital FA Team
MoCCA 2022 – STMicroelectronics Automotive Digital FA Team

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