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News from Everett Charles Technologies


Jun 23, 2009

Pomona, CA, June 2009 — Everett Charles Technologies (ECT) announces that it will showcase its new Z pin™ test probe in booth 331 at the upcoming SEMICON West, scheduled to take place July 14-16, 2009 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Calif.

ECT will showcase the new Z pin, or “Zip,” which features a revolutionary patented two dimensional design with planar contact surfaces fabricated by an innovative test pin manufacturing process delivering performance and cost advantages. ECT’s other industry standard test probes on display will be the high-performance Bantam®, the pin of choice for the most demanding test applications; the Mini-Mite™ for higher current and consistent DC resistance requirements; and the CSP series that addresses a wide variety of double-ended Pogo® technology applications with drop-in compatibility for most competitor test probes.

The new Zip™ Family of compliant contacts deploys unique designs featuring planar contact surfaces produced by traditional and new innovative test pin manufacturing processes, creating scalable test pitch products that yield optimal performance. The Zip Series is designed to meet today’s demanding test requirements and economics. The Z pin is available in three separate design configurations: Radial, Flat, and Hybrid. The Radial Series uses traditional machined 3D components; the Flat Series uses innovative 2D components; and the Hybrid combines both technologies, a flat contact for the interface board married with a radial contact for the DUT. With multiple plating options, high-performance, and value pricing, Zip delivers unparalleled flexibility for users. The Z pin is available today for 0.4, 0.5, and 0.8 mm test pitches with 1.00 mm and 0.3 mm designs scheduled for a Q3 release.

Everett Charles Technologies, a subsidiary of Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV), is a leading manufacturer of electrical test products and services, including semiconductor test products, Pogo test contacts, bare-board automatic test systems, and bare and loaded PCB test fixtures. ECT manufacturing, service, and support facilities are ISO registered with locations throughout the Asia, the United States, and Europe. The company has been awarded numerous patents and participates actively in developing industry standards. Corporate offices for Everett Charles Technologies are located at 700 E. Harrison Ave., Pomona, California, USA, 91767. Additional information about ECT is available via the Internet at

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