- Twice as hard any other surface finish
- Prevents tip wear
- Improves durability
Au1000 is a new gold plating process for test probe plungers that is significantly harder than anything previously available in the market. The new plating has a remarkable surface hardness of 1,000 on the Vickers scale. Historically, test probe plungers have been plated with hard gold (Hv 200), or combinations of gold and/or palladium plating (Hv 400-500).
In the past, traditional plating options have been good enough because the plunger tips were contacting solder balls (Hv < 50) or gold plated IC pads. Now, with the introduction of NiPdAu plating (Hv 400) on IC leads and pads, a harder surface finish is required on the plungers to prevent tip wear and yield loss.
In addition to being very hard, plated plungers retain the superior features of a gold surface finish (low contact resistance, no corrosion, etc.) that cannot be matched by other less noble materials.
Test probes with plated plungers are currently shipping in volume.
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