Semiconductor Manufacturing Process Improvement

Optimizing Production Yields

Integrated Device Manufacturers (IDM) and foundry companies are under pressure to increase production yields while minimizing manufacturing defects. It is a perennial challenge that has always been difficult, and it is becoming even more so as product complexity and variety increase. Succeeding, however, can play a pivotal role in controlling costs, preserving margins and maintaining competitiveness.

The Semiconductor Manufacturing Process Improvement solution makes it easier for IDMs and foundries to meet this challenge. It enables optimization of shop floor processes and product quality by capturing actionable manufacturing intelligence and best practices, even in highly complex production environments.

Using a patented algorithm that can discover hidden relationships in production, the innovative solution extracts rules for high and low yields that can easily be analyzed through intuitive data visualization. It also provides critical insights into manufacturing defects that can be used for continual process improvements as well as for immediately alerting the production team so they can stop reproducing known defects. Semiconductor Manufacturing Process Improvement also automatically captures best practices that can be used to improve equipment selection and adjust process and equipment parameters for optimal results.

Key Highlights and Benefits:

  • Optimize shop floor processes through automatic detection of rules for high and low yield
  • Improve product quality through traceability that enables retroactive correlation of production data with warranty claims and recalls
  • Reduce costs with real-time intelligence that enables managers to detect and shut down reproduction of known defects
  • Maximize ROI on capital investments with insights that can guide equipment selection and configuration