June 16, 2024 in Motion Control & Motors, Robotics

Wafer Stages for Glass Substrate Inspection and Thin Film Metrology

Auburn, MA – PI, a global leader in nanopositioning and motion control, is offering granite-based multi-axis precision motion systems for the automation of wafer metrology, glass substrate inspection and lithography applications.

These highly accurate stages are built on modular concepts, allowing for rapid customizations. Various technologies are available, including air bearings, rails-on-granite, and multiple types of piezo drive systems. They can achieve large travel ranges of one meter or more with different configurations. The XYZ-Theta example wafer stage is designed for thin film metrology, features direct drive motors, nanometer resolution encoders, and high-performance ACS motion controllers.

PI's advanced design expertise and extensive experience as a supplier to top-tier semiconductor manufacturers and leading system integrators enable us to understand and meet the industry's high demands, including precise replication and strict cleanroom requirements.

More information on precision motion systems and nanopositioning solutions for semiconductor applications


Why is Semiconductor Metrology Important?

Semiconductor metrology is essential for maintaining high quality, optimizing manufacturing processes, supporting miniaturization, ensuring performance, fostering innovation, ensuring compliance, and reducing costs.  

Examples:Quality Control: Metrology ensures that semiconductor devices meet strict quality standards. It involves precise measurement and characterization of semiconductor materials and structures, helping to identify defects and variations that could affect performance.

Process Optimization: Accurate metrology data helps optimize manufacturing processes. By understanding the exact dimensions and properties of semiconductor components, manufacturers can fine-tune their processes to improve yield and efficiency.

Miniaturization: As semiconductor devices continue to shrink in size, the need for precise metrology becomes even more critical. Metrology techniques enable the measurement and analysis of extremely small features, ensuring that components are fabricated within the required specifications.

Performance Assurance: Metrology ensures that semiconductor devices perform as expected. By measuring electrical, optical, and physical properties, manufacturers can predict and verify the performance of their products, leading to more reliable and efficient devices.

Innovation and Development: Advanced metrology techniques drive innovation in semiconductor technology. By enabling detailed analysis and understanding of new materials and processes, metrology supports the development of next-generation semiconductor devices.

Compliance and Standards: Metrology ensures compliance with industry standards and regulations. Accurate measurement and documentation are essential for meeting the requirements of various regulatory bodies and for maintaining consistency across different manufacturing sites.

Cost Reduction: By identifying defects and process variations early, metrology helps reduce waste and rework, leading to cost savings. It also allows for better control of production processes, reducing the likelihood of costly errors.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By browsing this website, you agree to our privacy policy.
I Agree