The System Level Test and Inspection (SLT-i) Business Unit provides advanced customised solutions to our customers around the world leveraging on AEM’s technology pillars – Automated Test Equipment (ATE), Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) and Custom Automation.
Despite a challenging 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic limiting our direct interaction with customers, we achieved key successes with new customers in Malaysia for Wafer Optical Inspection, in China with a promising start-up for System Level Test of AI chips and in Europe, where Mu-Test, a company acquired by AEM in 2020, is growing its customer base.
A milestone in 2020 was developing a full turnkey CMOS Image Sensor solution for UTAC, one of the top 10 OSATs globally where we combined all the technical skills of AEM to provide a better solution at a lower Cost of Ownership.
Customer Intimacy is a core value of our company and we remain committed to meeting our customers’ application needs and ensuring their success. Our partnership with UTAC is strong, and I am confident that it will continue to grow in the years to come.
We continued to deliver SLT solutions to our customers in Malaysia and China by providing seamless support from our local teams during the COVID-19 crisis. There was strong collaboration amongst the sales, engineering and manufacturing teams to ensure that our customers received their systems with minimal disruption. Our priority was and will always be customer intimacy and providing world-class support locally and globally.
We are developing and improving our SLT solutions for Mobility, Automotive and Computing with our state-of-the-art Asynchronous Modular Parallel and Smart (AMPS) solutions. Our AMPS solutions integrate Burn-In, Functional Test (ATE) and SLT into a single system for a dramatic reduction in test costs and improve time to market. Our customers recognise our SLT solutions as unique and innovative.
As pioneers in automated SLT solutions since 2002, we lead the conversations, provide insights, and address the market need for SLT to meet the changing landscape of test.
In 2020, we participated in numerous virtual shows – TestConX in Arizona, TestConX in China, Semicon West, Semicon SEA, to name a few. We also had a physical presence at Semicon Taiwan showcasing our solutions. AEM made quite an impression at the event where our CEO, Mr. Chandran Nair, had the opportunity to present AEM’s “Next generation test architectures and systems for AI, IoT and 5G” at the Semicon Taiwan 2020 Advanced Testing Forum on 25 September 2020.
AEM’s reputation is rapidly growing in the semiconductor test community. We have representatives at multiple key committees like the Testing Committee of Semi Taiwan, the Semi SEA Testing and Yield Analysis Technical Committee, Semi CAST, and Semi Test Vision in California, US.
2021 looks set for another promising and exciting year for SLT-i to serve and develop our existing customers around the world, while looking for new opportunities in China and Taiwan markets where we are opening new sales and support offices to promote our SLT enhanced ATE solutions.
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Senior Vice-President, General Manager, SLT-i