High Speed RF / Microwave ATE
Roos Instruments, Inc. was founded in 1989 by a group RF Microwave engineers,
out of the bench-top test equipment industry, to create an automated microwave
test system using a fundamentally new approach. The concept was to
combine personal computer and object oriented software technology with
high speed microwave measurement technology creating the worlds first true
Microwave ATE system. A true ATE system is one that is designed with
the sole purpose of testing parts at the highest throughput possible while
operating in all types of environmental conditions anywhere in the world.
The goal was to produce a turnkey test solution to microwave parts
producers with an order of magnitude higher throughput.
The US military was in the midst of a large Manufacturing Technology research
and development effort ( the Man Tech program ) looking for novel approaches
to speed the production of microwave hardware while lowering the cost.
RI was awarded a grant to prototype and demonstrate our Microwave
ATE concepts. Under the leadership and vision of it's founder Mark
Roos, a 10 to 100 times improvement in test throughput was demonstrated,
which lead to a firm contract to produce a marketable product. This first
product addressed the X and Ku band interests for the military radar market
covering the 100 MHz to 20 Ghz range. The direction and funding of
the Man Tech program allowed Roos Instruments to be born without the need
for venture capital funding and is still today internally funded as well
as employee owned and operated.
RI knows that there is more to a successful ATE system than just testing
parts fast. Industry leader such as IBM, ITT, Motorola, Northern
Telecom, Philips Semiconductor, and Rockwell all rely on the steady, reliable
RI performance. Our customer support strategy combines large company quality,
commitment and experience with small company speed and flexibility. Roos
Instruments' extensive experience enables our staff to provide assistance
with all of our customers' specific issues such as part handling, wafer
probing, test fixtures, connectivity, correlation and test data handling.
The combination of a truly scalable architecture and microwave test
expertise has allowed RI to become the industry leader having produced
ATE systems testing applications from 10 KHz IF receivers to 200 GHz military
radar applications. The sum of these parts brings our customers the
total RF / Microwave solution.