About Minotaur Labs
Welcome to Minotaur Labs. We provide a complete line of ESD testing for the Semiconductor Industry. Our ESD test services include Human Body Model (HBM), Machine Model (MM), Human Metal Model (HMM), Charged Device Model (CDM), Transmission Line Pulse (TLP), and Latch Up sensitivity testing. Minotaur Labs operates a state of the art facility in Mesa, Arizona.
Our newly constructed lab floor provides sound ESD protection, storage, and sanitized work space to ensure the strictest ESD controls for customer material. ESD safe approved garments, flooring, mats, grounding stations, work benches, racks, and tools are utilized in our lab as well as dedicated temperature and humidity controls.
Meet Our Team
Robert Ashton has 37 years of experience in the Electronics Industry. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Rhode Island in 1971 and 1977 respectively, with an emphasis on the study of Superfluid Helium. Robert continued these studies with post-doctoral positions at Rutgers University and The Ohio State University. In 1980 he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in Allentown, PA, first in DRAM and then in CMOS technology development. In 1992 the integrated circuit development efforts were moved to Orlando, FL. He was responsible for CMOS design rules and the test structures for technology development and routine process monitoring. He provided an interface between the technology development organization and the electrostatic discharge (ESD) design team and this is where his interest in ESD began. To provide ESD designers the information needed for protection design he built a fully automated Transmission Line Pulse (TLP) system and designed the necessary test structures for technology characterization for ESD.
Robert moved with the integrated circuit development efforts as they were spun off first to Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies, and then to Agere Systems. In 2003 he moved to White Mountain Labs, a test house for ESD and Latch-Up testing of integrated circuits in Phoenix, Arizona as Director of Technology.
In 2007 he moved to ON Semiconductor’s Protection Business Unit which makes Transient Voltage Suppressors to be placed on printed circuit boards to protect against electrical stress such as ESD. He provided applications support not only for ESD protection but other electrical stresses as well as support for other discrete semiconductor products. At the time of his retirement from ON Semiconductor he was an Applications Manager for protection devices as well as and other discrete semiconductor devices.
Robert has been professionally active in the electronics industry for many years. He is a primary or co-author for papers on technology development, test structures and ESD. He was on the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE International Conference on Microelectronic Test Structures from 1990 to 2006 and was Technical Program Chair in 1994 and General Chair in 1997. He has been involved in Electrostatic Discharge Association (ESDA) and JEDEC device level test standards for ESD and Latch-Up for close to two decades. He is an active contributor to standards for HBM, CDM, Latch-Up, TLP, Transient Latch-Up (TLU), and System Level ESD. He is currently the co-chair of ESDA working groups for Human Metal Model (HMM) and System Level ESD Modeling. He served on the ESDA Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013 and was the Business Unit Manager for Advanced Topics for 2012 and 2013. He has been on the Technical Program Committee numerous years for the EOS/ESD Symposium and was on the founding committee for the International ESD Workshop.
Robert has also been a key contributor to White Papers published by the Industry Council on ESD Target Levels.
Director of Operations
Adam Bergen is Director of Operations at Minotaur Labs in Mesa, Arizona. Adam received his Bachelor Science Degree in Computer Engineering Technology (EET) from DeVry University, Phoenix. He worked for White Mountain Labs, a global leader in Electro Static Discharge (ESD) testing, for three years. White Mountain Labs was acquired by Evans Analytical Group (EAG) in 2008. Adam remained with EAG until 2012. He then helped to found Minotaur Labs where he continues to provide a quality customer service experience and build their ESD test capability.