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Everett Charles Technologies’ CPG Receives a Patent for Its ZIP® Family of Flat Technology Pogo® Pins

Feb 23, 2011

Pomona, CA - Everett Charles Technologies’ Contact Products Group (CPG) has been awarded US Patent Number: 7,862,391for its ZIP® family of flat technology Pogo® pins.

Bud Fabian, ECT CPG President, said, “We are pleased that our unique flat technology ZIP® product family was granted a US patent. This was the first issued out of many pending patent applications throughout the world. The ZIP® family’s architecture and manufacturing technology is unique in that it is designed to meet a broad spectrum of applications, pitches and price points that are not offered by any other company in our industry today.”

The ZIP® family currently includes products for the final test, wafer scale, Kelvin, Scrub™ for lead-free, burn-in and test interface markets. Some of these application-specific ZIP® products are marketed under the following trade names:

ZIP® SCRUB™ ― The ZIP® SCRUB™ pin features a positive scrub-action pad and ball contact on lead-free plated array and peripheral devices where solder transfer leads to frequent cleaning and maintenance cycles.

ZIP® KELVIN ― ECT's ZIP® KELVIN is ideal for voltage-sensitive device tests on array or peripheral devices requiring sub-1 ohm resistance measurements typical in RDSON and high-power applications.

ZIP® SUPER SHORT ― The SUPER SHORT is designed for 0.5 nH low-impedance, high-frequency testing up to 40 Ghz.

ZIP® Long-Travel ― The ZIP® Long-Travel features an OAL up to 6.7 mm and was developed for contacting large devices and strip tests where planarity and compliance are an issue.

The ZIP® family will be featured in Booth A04 at the upcoming BiTS™ Burn-In & Test Socket Workshop, schedule to take place March 6-9, 2011 at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa Hotel in Mesa, AZ.

Everett Charles Technologies is a subsidiary of Dover Corporation (NYSE: DOV) a leading manufacturer of electrical test products and services, including Pogo® test contacts, semiconductor test products, 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 United States, Europe, and Asia. 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, CA, 91767 USA. Additional information about ECT is available via the Internet at

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