ADI Broadens Partnership with the University of the Philippines with the installation of the ETS-88 Tester
By Cris Ogerio and Jay Sanchez
The Academe-Industry partnership between Analog Devices and the University of the Philippines (UP) continues to evolve. It started in 2013 when the ADI Microelectronics Laboratory was first established in the University. Three years later, it was expanded to accommodate more undergraduate and graduate students. This year, we added another milestone to this partnership with the installation of the “state-of-the-art” ETS-88 semiconductor tester in UP’s Power Electronics and Solar Laboratory.
From L-R – Dr. Michael Pedrasa (UP), Jay Sanchez (ADI), Dafna Leonard (Teradyne), Dean Ferdinand Manegdeg (UP)
Jay Sanchez, ADI Philippines Test Engineering and Academe Linkage Program Manager, opened the ceremonial turnover of the tester in UP on November 5, 2019. The ribbon cutting was led by ADI, Teradyne and UP College of Engineering representatives including ADI Philippines Test and Product Engineering Director Manny Malaki, Teradyne Global Sales Manager Dafna Leonard, and UP College of Engineering Dean Ferdinand Manegdeg.
“Partnering with UP’s Power Electronics Laboratory is an obvious choice for this initiative due to the well-established work and ongoing research in UP’s Power Lab,” Jay said. He emphasized that this industry-grade tester can also be used by the Microelectronics Laboratory students for their various first silicon testing needs and requirements. This will certainly make it easier and faster for them to do evaluations.
"More than building and manufacturing equipment, we build quality relationship with our partner industries to resolve today's toughest challenges," mentioned Dafna. Teradyne’s tremendous support to this initiative is evidence to the impressive relationship all of us want to build.
The tester was warmly received by Dr. Michael Pedrasa, Director of UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, and Dean Ferdinand Manegdeg. Both expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the project.
From L-R – Marilou Ferandos (Teradyne), Jay Sanchez (ADI), Janine Acosta (Teradyne), Eldon Yeo (Teradyne),
Dafna Leonard (Teradyne), Marvin Patalingjug (Teradyne), Manny Malaki (ADI), Dr. Carl Odulio (UP)
During the ribbon cutting ceremony, Manny Malaki mentioned that “this partnership and collaboration is material in the development of the country to be the Test and Measurement Hub for the industry.” It has been his goal and vision to establish similar University partnerships which initially began with the launch of the ADI Test and Measurement lab in Mapua University in 2016. This collaboration with UP further strengthens that vision of making ADI Philippines a center of excellence in Test and Measurement.
The day’s event continued with Teradyne demonstrating the capabilities of the ETS-88 tester. The students showcased some of the work and research they are doing in the Power Electronics Laboratory. Finally, a town hall between the students and a panel of engineers from ADI discussed how their first-hand experience in using this tester will help them in their future careers in semiconductor testing.
Work is currently ongoing to train and immerse several UP faculty and students on the use of the ETS-88. A Test Engineering curriculum is being developed to serve as a guide in teaching the students how to use this industry-grade tester effectively.
Marvin Patalingjug (Teradyne) gives a demo of the ETS-88
The growth of ADI-UP relations intertwines with the growth of ADI’s Academe Linkage program. Preparing today’s student to use equipment being utilized in our industry will give ADI and UP an extensive opportunity to develop a reciprocating relationship that will benefit both organizations.