January 10, 2022

NplusT took part in the workshop titled “Finding the way of solving reliability issues of the next generation NAND flash memories”, organized by CCF YOCSEF Shanghai (China Computer Federation, Young Computer Scientists Engineers Forum) and held the December 18, 2021.

The meeting was a great occasion to exchange experience and ideas by several industry and academic experts.
Tamas Kerekes presented the paper “NAND Characterization for ONFI5 and Beyond”. The integral version is available at this link.



December 6, 2021

NplusT delivered 3 large size NanoCycler HS equipment to an important Chinese customer.

Based on its innovative architecture, the system allows to execute up to 252 fully independent tests, including package level thermal control, on NAND memories at the same time. The communication speed with the devices under test reaches 1.6 GT/sec on two channels in parallel, with zero-overhead pattern generation and pattern matching.

These equipments – being able to test the latest and future generation of NAND devices – aim at enhancing the customer’s development flow in the implementation of data centers and high-performance storage applications.

Tamas Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT declared: “When building the equipment, we had to face the serious challenge of the component shortage. Our engineering team provided an excellent answer: the necessary design changes further improved system performance. We have been able to design, qualify, manufacture and test in a really short time. Now, our expectation is to see our customer executing efficiently their characterization and sorting tasks, we will provide them all necessary support. The delivery of these equipment also represents an important milestone to increase our presence in China, which is our fastest growing market today.”



April 20, 2021

In response to the ever increasing number of cyber-attacks and in order to ensure the same level of safety in all working locations (main office, lab and home offices), in March 2021 NplusT has completed a series of improvements aimed at further raising the company’s IT safety standards.
The improvements include Cloud Managed Security & Total Security, featuring the latest technologies, as well as Company’s internal guidelines, updated in the management of virtual and physical development machines.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions regarding NplusT’s IT safety policy.

Progetto realizzato con il contributo europeo Regione Umbria POR FESR 2014-2020 Asse III Azione 3.7.1. – Avviso Bridge to Digital 2020.
Project implemented with funds from the European Union and Umbria region under the POR FESR 2014-2020 Axis III Action 3.7.1. – Bridge to Digital 2020 Public Notice.

 



March 7, 2021

Every year, NplusT assigns the MOCCA (MOst Creative Customer Award) to those users, whose innovative applications and solutions enhance the utilization and performance of NplusT products. The year 2020 MOCCA has been assigned to Niccolò Castellani, R&D Engineer at CEA-LETI, Grenoble, for developing a software platform for the automation of non-volatile memory test flow execution on NplusT’s test equipment.

Tamas Kerekes, President and CEO of NplusT:
“I am really happy to see the way how Niccolò and the LETI team approached their specific requirements. The software framework, which Niccolò has created on top of the execution environment of the tester, enables the easy development of characterization programs for a wide range of novel, emerging non-volatile memory technologies. We plan to continue supporting LETI, providing innovative test platforms which enable fast and accurate measurements, contributing to develop high-performance, low-power, reliable storage devices.”

Niccolo Castellani, R&D engineer at CEA-Leti:
“I started this project a couple of years ago, having already experienced test developing and data analysis for research and industrial requirements. I’ve been always convinced about the real need of versatility for the R&D of merging memories testing. Only NplusT was able to provide the right tools and the right support team to accomplish my objective: a hardware to user interface getting plug-and-play new designs and new algorithms in its environment. I’m willing to continue this great collaboration.”



November 24, 2020

The speed and complexity of the latest TLC and QLC flash technologies set new challenges in designing large capacity high performance SSD devices, from the hardware (signal integrity, power management) and the firmware (flash algorithms, error correction) point of view. Massive amounts of accurate data must be collected and analyzed to characterize the flash endurance, errors, defects, operation’s timing and power.
NanoCycler HS, bundled with BarnieMAT data analytics, provides the best-in-class and most cost effective solution for the exploration of the NAND memories.

NanoCycler HS:

Supports endurance and functional testing of NAND devices by providing C++ and Python API with full ONFI command set and with customizable signal sequences.

Exercises and stresses at-speed – up to 1.6 GT/sec – the devices under test faithfully replicating the use conditions of the application.

Provides high-accuracy – 10 mV precision – programmable power supplies for accurate voltage margins analysis.

Captures the power consumption for each supply at 50 nsec sampling rate with 1 mA resolution. Flash operations power consumption data are processed in real time to provide high resolution current consumption traces, and key metrics (peak, average, distributions) over long period of time.

Characterizes the flash interface timing with 1 nsec I/O edge placement and 20 nsec flash response time acquisition.

Has a scalable and expandable architecture, from 1 to 48 test sites, to optimize cost and long term investment.

Allows full independence of the test sites where each device under test can run at individual temperature, timing, voltage levels, with different test programs.

Integrates the data analysis environment to post-process and present the results to accelerate time to product.

Highest quality characterization results at the lowest cost and effort – NanoCycler HS represents a future-safe investment to design high-performance reliable mass storage devices.



October 2, 2020

Building on their successful memory testing technology, NplusT has extended this expertise to the design, validation and characterization of image sensor devices.

Physical View of Cell Currents

The array-organized analog cell structure of the image sensor is similar to non-volatile memory and lends itself to the reuse of the core NplusT memory testing technology that has been production-proven for decades.

 

Distribution of currents after post-processing

Specific needs of data analysis to support image sensors has resulted in additional innovation with the extension of BarnieMAT, NplusT’s popular array data analysis tool, adding an additional library containing processing functions dedicated to image sensors.



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.


August 10, 2020

NplusT has been granted funding from the European Commission in the framework of INNOWWIDE call-2 for the “Innovative Test Equipment for Mass Storage Devices” project, in short “ITEMS“, ranking 26th among 70 grantees and over 600 candidates.
INNOWWIDE, a Viability assessment of collaborative and INNOvative business solutions in WorldWIDE markets, is a Horizon 2020 project that will fund European innovative SMEs and start-ups to conduct Viability Assessment Projects (VAPs) in markets outside of Europe.

The aim of the project is the technical and market validation of a product concept. This product – ITEMS – is a high performance test equipment based on an innovative architecture which allows to provide world class performance at affordable costs. The core technology has been already developed and applied in other products of NplusT and the related patent is pending.
ITEMS will help electronics manufacturers to build products matching the requirements of rocketing storage needs, increasing calculus and processing power in applications like machine learning, artificial intelligence, autonomous drive. The primary target market is China but the product offering will be extended to Taiwan, Korea and other developing countries in the South-East Asia region.



March 20, 2020

NplusT has implemented all the measures provided for in the Italian legislation in force and all the measures promoted internally regarding the COVID-19 emergency.
All the company’s activities are guaranteed consistently with our business continuity plan and in full compliance with the measures adopted in order to ensure the prevention and the safety of the personnel.

For all your needs, you can rely on our Customer Care which can be reached via e-mail at info@n-plus-t.com.

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