New Uses For Manufacturing Data


The semiconductor industry is becoming more reliant on data analytics to ensure that a chip will work as expected over its projected lifetime, but that data is frequently inconsistent or incomplete, and some of the most useful data is being hoarded by companies for competitive reasons. The volume of data is rising at each new process node, where there are simply more things to keep track of,... » read more

Cloudy With A Chance Of Better Analytics


How can you create product-oriented analytics on the factory floor while leveraging cloud capabilities at the same time? In our article, you will learn about: The importance of moving from machine analytics to product analytics. The benefits of migrating your analytics infrastructure to the cloud. How OptimalPlus successfully partnered with AWS to create an end-to-end analytics sol... » read more

Defect Image Classification And Detection With Deep Learning


Authors: Dan Sebban and Nissim Matatov Inspection means have increasingly been incorporated into typical manufacturing of boards, substrates and/or systems. A significant number of automatic inspections rely on the analysis of images that are acquired by a multitude of means such as optical, X-ray, infrared, acoustic microscopy. In contrast to automatic inspections, traditional visual inspec... » read more

The Growing Challenges Of 5G Reliability


The test field is getting more complicated as chips become larger, more heterogeneous, and subject to almost constant changes. Nowhere is this more evident than in 5G, where standards are still evolving and use cases are still being defined. Without passing test, no technology advances. But those definitions are subject to change, and they can change again over time. The communications in... » read more

Test In New Frontiers: Flexible Circuits


Test is becoming increasingly complicated as new technologies such as flexible electronics begin playing mission-critical roles in applications where electronics have little or no history. Although flexible circuitry has been around for while, testing needs to catch up as these circuits are deployed across a variety of markets where conditions may be extreme. In many cases, sensors for monit... » read more

The 3 Main Obstacles To Zero DPPM And How To Overcome Them


As we all well know, there are multiple mission critical applications in today’s “Age of Smart,” that are calling for zero DPPM (defective parts per million) in semiconductors and electronic systems. In industries such as automotive, medical, aerospace, and more, where lives are at stake, defective parts are not an option. The quality imperative However, with the ever-growing complexity o... » read more

Reducing Costly Flaws In Heterogeneous Designs


The cost of defects is rising as chipmakers begin adding multiple chips into a package, or multiple processor cores and memories on the same die. Put simply, one bad wire can spoil an entire system. Two main issues need to be solved to reduce the number of defects. The first is identifying the actual defect, which becomes more difficult as chips grow larger and more complex, and whenever chi... » read more

Improving Quality Through Data Analytics


Doug Elder, vice president and general manager at OptimalPlus, explains how to utilize data to improve reliability, how it applies to different manufacturing processes, and what happens when that data is made available to more people within an organization. » read more

Solving 5G’s Thorniest Issues


5G rollouts are beginning to hit the market, accompanied by a long list of unsolved technical and business issues surrounding this next-generation wireless technology. But progress is being made on some of the key challenges facing this technology, even though not all of those solutions will be in place at launch. The real challenges are with millimeter-wave implementations of 5G, which oper... » read more

Manufacturing ADAS Cameras Calls For Analytics


Automotive camera design and manufacturing is one of the most difficult undertakings in hardware. Not only do you need to deal with the usual difficulties of high performance mechanical and electrical designs, but now highly specialized and sensitive optics are added into the equation. Complicating factors is that you won’t know how good the product is until it’s been completely assembled, ... » read more

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