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Characterization/Metrology Lab

A lab that wrks with R&D organizations and fabs involved in the early analytical work for next-generation devices, packages and materials.
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The characterization/metrology lab, which is generally under the radar, is a group that works with the R&D organization and the fab. The characterization lab is involved in the early analytical work for next-generation devices, packages and materials. Using advanced metrology equipment, the lab’s goal is to characterize or gain a better understanding of the make-up of new technologies at the atomic scale. The lab pinpoints defects and other problems in devices, which eventually could boost product yields.

Traditionally, there has been a delineation between the lab and fab, and the two organizations often work in silos. The lab provides analytical capabilities with advanced but slower equipment. The fab, which manufactures the chips, also has advanced metrology tools and other equipment, which tend to have faster throughputs.