Xradia Announces New X-ray Solutions for Advanced Semiconductor Packaging
Concord, CA – June 28 2006: Xradia, Inc., a developer and manufacturer of ultra-high-resolution X-ray imaging systems for 3D tomography and nanotechnology applications, today announced the sale of three of its MicroXCTTM 3D Transmission X-ray Microscopes, to semiconductor manufacturers for advanced packaging process development and failure analysis. Combining spatial resolution below 1.5µm and feature recognition of 500nm, with full 3D tomography capability, the MicroXCTTM is ideally suited to the engineering and failure analysis of next-generation semiconductor packages, including multi stacked die and flip-chip architectures. Two of the systems are being deployed to fabs in the US for advanced package development and the third is headed to Asia where it will be used to examine ball grid arrays.
“These system sales validate the importance of high-resolution X-ray tomography as a critical new analytical tool for semiconductor manufacturing,” said Dr. Wenbing Yun, founder and President of Xradia. “3D X-ray microscopy enables the non-destructive investigation of design features or process defects, thereby lowering development costs and speeding time to market, “said Yun. “The ROI of Xradia’s new X-ray microscope system was evident from the very first sample images,” said My Nguyen, senior researcher at Altera Corporation, one of the new system customers. “We are able to image features of interest not otherwise observable with other techniques. No sample prep means enormous cost savings and fast turn around time,” said Nguyen.
High resolution 3D X-ray tomography provides critical new imaging capability for semiconductor packaging, including C4 ball grid arrays, stacked die, solder bumps and packaging interconnects. Defects such as solder non-wet, cracks, voids, delamination, opens and shorts are readily imaged. New applications are also emerging for RoHS lead-free development and vias in ceramic packaging. Xradia also manufactures microscope systems with sub 50nm resolution for chip and die-level applications.
About Xradia, Inc.
Xradia, Inc. is a privately held company established in 2000 to commercialize high-resolution X-ray microscopes for nondestructive inspection and nano-scale imaging. Initially targeted at failure analysis in the semiconductor IC industry, subsequent developments have led to a suite of commercial X-ray imaging products that have permitted expansion into markets that include metrology in semiconductor IC production, scientific equipment, biomedical research and nanotechnology development.
The Carl Zeiss Group is an international leader in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In fiscal year 2011/12 the company’s approximately 24,000 employees generated revenue of nearly 4.2 billion euros. In the markets for Industrial Solutions, Research Solutions, Medical Technology and Consumer Optics, ZEISS has contributed to technological progress for more than 160 years and enhances the quality of life of many people around the globe. The Carl Zeiss Group develops and produces planetariums, eyeglass lenses, camera and cine lenses and binoculars as well as solutions for biomedical research, medical technology and the semiconductor, automotive and mechanical engineering industries. ZEISS is present in over 40 countries around the globe with about 40 production facilities, over 50 sales and service locations and service locations and approximately 20 research and development sites. Carl Zeiss AG is fully owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation). Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany.
About Carl Zeiss Microscopy
The Microscopy business group at ZEISS is the world’s only manufacturer of light, X-ray and electron microscopes. The company’s extensive portfolio enables research and routine applications in the life and materials sciences. The product range includes light and laser scanning microscopes, X-ray microscopes, electron and ion microscopes and spectrometer modules. Users are supported for software for system control, image capture and editing. The Microscopy business group has sales companies in 33 countries. Application and service specialists support customers around the globe in demo centers and on site. The business group is headquartered in Jena, Germany. Additional production and development sites are in Oberkochen, Göttingen and Munich, as well as in Cambridge in the UK and Peabody, MA and Pleasanton, CA in the USA. The company has around 2,800 employees and generates revenue of 650 million euros. www.zeiss.de/press
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