Announcing an exciting new partnership

Criteria Labs and Nanolab Technologies Partner to offer Up-Screen and Qualification services for copper wire bonded Plastic Encapsulated Microcircuits (PEMs)

Austin, TX – March 14, 2016 – With the increased use of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components requiring a higher level of up-screening and qualification, Criteria Labs and Nanolab Technologies are partnering to promote turn-key PEM up-screening services, with a focus on copper wire bonded devices.  Built on decades of experience and world-class capabilities, the two companies complement each other seamlessly to perform this work for their mutual customers.


Plastic Encapsulated Microcircuits (PEMs) continue to play a growing role in Aerospace and Defense applications, primarily due to availability and lower cost.  More recently, the shift from gold wire bonded PEMs to copper wire bonded PEMs has created greater uncertainty for Aerospace and Defense Integrators, mostly due to mechanical reliability issues (cracked die, wire lift, delamination, and corrosion) and manufacturing process control.  Integrators are now forced to increase their up-screening requirements and frequency to ensure devices can be used in non-commercial environments with confidence.


Criteria Labs Inc. is a Back-End Semiconductor Services company with experience in device up-screening, device qualification, characterization, and package assembly with offices in Austin, TX.  Criteria Labs tests existing components for the purpose of upgrading them to higher reliability specifications and has extensive experience up-screening microcircuits, hybrids, resistors, capacitors, inductors, relays, crystals, discrete transistors and diodes to customers Source Control Drawing (SCD) specifications, and Criteria Labs performs testing to comply with military performance specifications prescribed in MIL-PRF (-27, -123, -19500, -38524, -38535, -39007, -49465, -55310, -55342 and -55365) and NASA, EEE-INST-002.


Nanolab Technologies Inc. is an Analytical Services company with experience in advanced electron microscopy and imaging, materials characterization, surface chemical analysis, electrical failure analysis and more.  Nanolab Technologies has offices in Milpitas, CA and Dallas, TX.  Nanolab Technologies provides these services to Semiconductor, Electronics, Defense, Advanced Packaging, and other High Tech industries.  Specific technologies used in conjunction with device up-screening are laser ablation,  x-ray imaging, scanning electron and energy dispersive microscopy, and de-capsulation and cross-sectioning.



Josh Bauer

706 Brentwood Street

Austin, TX 78752

Ph: (512) 637-4503