Process Control Solutions

ZEISS enters the semiconductor process control market

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, PLEASANTON/California/USA , 2017-07-10.

ZEISS is fueling its growth strategy by expanding into a new market in the semiconductor industry. Through its new Process Control Solutions (PCS) business unit, the company will leverage its core technology solutions and partnerships to address a range of special needs for semiconductor customers. The new business unit will be part of the ZEISS Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (SMT) business group and draw on long standing innovations in Microscopy that ZEISS is well known for.

“We see a strong trend in semiconductors toward complex 3D chip structures and new materials,” explained Dr. Karl Lamprecht, head of SMT business group. “As development cycles lengthen and R&D costs climb, the role of metrology changes. Our customers need effective process control solutions delivering integrated, actionable information that speeds time to problem resolution and time to production. ZEISS has the technology and expertise to fulfill these requirements.”

With shrinking structure sizes, ever more sophisticated designs and hundreds of individual working steps, the semiconductor manufacturing workflow has become increasingly challenging. Fast and cost-effective process control solutions play a key role in ensuring the functioning of semiconductor devices. ZEISS is already a leading solutions provider in the semiconductor industry with its portfolio of lithography optics and mask metrology and repair solutions, and is now bringing its decades of semiconductor equipment experience into the market for semiconductor process control solutions.

The PCS business unit will utilize and expand upon ZEISS’s existing portfolio of products, including its core proprietary microscopy technologies, to penetrate the semiconductor lab and fab space. Key products to be deployed include ZEISS’s electron microscope products ZEISS Crossbeam and ZEISS MultiSEM (the latter of which incorporates the company’s unique multi-electron-beam technology), ion-beam microscope ZEISS ORION NanoFab, as well as the ZEISS Xradia Versa and ZEISS Xradia Ultra non-destructive 3D X-ray microscope systems. Process control solutions will be offered across the spectrum of semiconductor manufacturing process steps, including front end of line (FEOL), back end of line (BEOL), packaging and assembly.

“Our process control solutions offer comprehensive structural, chemical and electrical information. By creating a single window into ZEISS for our semiconductor customers, we will enable them to address their process control challenges with seamlessly integrated technologies, helping them get their products to market faster,” said Dr. Raj Jammy, Head of ZEISS PCS business unit, headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

Dr. Jammy, who has more than 20 years of extensive semiconductor industry experience, joined ZEISS in February 2016. After obtaining a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, he started his career at IBM in New York and held subsequent leading positions at SEMATECH and Intermolecular. Dr. Jammy and his team will collaborate closely with global customers to address semiconductor inspection and review, failure analysis, defect detection, 3D tomography, and process characterization and analysis.

To aid in this effort, the new ZEISS Customer Center Bay Area was opened in Pleasanton on June 15. Located near the heart of Silicon Valley, this facility joins ZEISS’s global network of customer centers in making the company’s portfolio of optical, ion, electron and X-ray microscopy offerings available for demonstrations, application development and training.

ZEISS will showcase its latest microscopy products and solutions for semiconductor manufacturing at SEMICON West, to be held July 11-13 at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. Attendees interested in learning more can visit ZEISS at Booth #5214 in the North Hall.

For more information on ZEISS PCS business unit, please visit www.zeiss.com/semiconductor-process-control


The newly opened ZEISS Customer Center located in Pleasanton, USA, will offer demonstrations, applications development and training on the company’s portfolio of optical, ion, electron and X-ray microscopy offerings including process control solutions

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About ZEISS

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided up into the four segments Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites and about 25 research and development centers around the globe.

In fiscal year 2015/16 the company generated revenue approximating €4.9 billion with over 25,000 employees. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

Further information at www.zeiss.de







Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology

With its broad product portfolio and expertise, the Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology segment of ZEISS covers a variety of key processes in the production of microchips. Its products include semiconductor manufacturing optics – notably lithography optics – as well as photomask systems and process control solutions for semiconductor manufacturing. Thanks to ZEISS technology, microchips are becoming increasingly more powerful, more energy-efficient and more affordable. The electronic applications of these ongoing enhancements enable global progress in many disciplines such as technology, electronics, communication, entertainment, mobility and energy.

Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology is headquartered in Oberkochen. Other sites include Jena, Rossdorf and Wetzlar in Germany, as well as Karmiel (Israel) and Pleasanton, CA (USA). During fiscal year 2015/16, the segment generated revenue of €972 million and employed around 2,700 people.






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