Smart Manufacturing Solutions: Build or Buy?


Enterprise smart manufacturing platforms have become an important part of the manufacturing ecosystem, especially in domains such as semiconductors and electronics. McKinsey & Company estimates, for example, that the quantity of process, product, and machine data collected on a daily basis in a typical fab quickly exceeds terabytes. If you add to this in-line and end-of-line inspection as w... » read more

Addressing High Precision Automated Optical Inspection Challenges With 3D Technology


Driven by the continued decrease in the size of electronics packaging, combined with the increase in density, there is a critical need for highly accurate 3D inspection for defect detection. Using multi-view 3D sensors and parallel projection, it is possible to capture more of the board at a faster rate as compared to serial image acquisition which is more time consuming. Precise 3D image re... » read more

Industry 4.0 Reaches Into the Subfab


To unlock the full potential of their manufacturing systems and personnel, companies in many industries are rapidly moving toward highly automated systems and digital data-driven methods and tools. Widely known as “smart manufacturing” or Industry 4.0, the resulting productivity improvements are often so dramatic that many people are calling this shift a new industrial revolution. The se... » read more

Machine Learning Invades IC Production


Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and chip and photomask manufacturing technologies with Aki Fujimura, chief executive of D2S; Jerry Chen, business and ecosystem development manager at Nvidia; Noriaki Nakayamada, senior technologist at NuFlare; and Mikael Wahlsten, director and product area manager at Mycronic. What follows are excerpt... » read more