semiconductor industry

Semiconductor Industry Resilient in 2021 and Expected to Grow: What does this mean for Inspection System Providers?

Despite the challenges of the global pandemic and resulting economic downturn, the worldwide demand for chips continues to increase, the industry’s growth is expected to continue into 2022.  IDC (International Data Corporation) predicts the semiconductor market will reach $600 billion by 2025.  With the rise in demand for semiconductors, the use of in-line inspection and…

Machine Vision Camera Requirement for Semiconductor Wafer Thickness and Flatness Measurements

Before any transistor is laid down, the incoming silicon wafer must be analyzed for flatness and defects.  From this inspection, wafers can be classified to allow the best wafers to be used for the smallest technology node.  Typically measurement techniques such as interferometry are used for this.  Extremely stable cameras with low noise are needed…

Ways to increase throughput in semiconductor and electronics inspection

The constant challenge in semiconductor and electronics manufacturing is to increase throughput while also increasing accuracy with shrinking dimensions.  This means in-line inspection and metrology systems must provide 100% analysis at a high precision while maintaining high throughput.  The latest innovations in ultra high-resolution image sensors and subsequent cameras support these goals.  High resolution, high-speed…

OEM metrology cameras enabling 2 Gigapixels per second at low power – how is it possible?

The state-of-the-art high-resolution global shutter CMOS image sensors (and subsequent metrology cameras) enable performance leaps for many measurement methods relied on in semiconductor and electronics process control systems.  BUT, the extreme data rates present major challenges for OEMs in their new innovative systems. For camera builders these data rates are just as challenging in terms…

High-resolution camera for machine vision: how to choose?

So you have decided that a higher resolution camera will help you increase throughput and accuracy of your inspection or metrology system (For more information about this:  How metrology cameras with high speed combined with high image quality improve accuracy or Industrial metrology cameras for increased throughput and accuracy) now what are the next steps…

How to simplify OEM metrology camera integration through image sensor alignment, mounting holes, and more

With the QUARTZ Q-12A180, we not only redesigned the camera platform to deliver the fastest frame rates from the latest generation high-resolution image sensors, but also took extra steps to simplify integration. In addition to using automated alignment tools in production for better alignment of the image sensor with respect to the front of the camera,…