Agilent Technologies enhances semiconductor test product line with new automated inspection system

12/12/2002 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) introduced the Agilent AV6000 Automated Inspection System, a new semiconductor automated inspection system developed for the testing of semiconductor substrate defects at the end of the manufacturing process. Specifically designed for semiconductor backend package inspection of Ball Grid Array (BGA) and Chip Scale Packages (CSP), the AV6000 is an all-in-one system that is expected to significantly increase throughput with improved accuracy.

"The extension of our semiconductor test products to include semiconductor backend inspection systems provides our customers with a seamless solution that helps to lower the overall cost of test," said Kamran Firooz, vice president and general manager of Agilent Technologies' Manufacturing Test Business Unit. "Smaller packages, tighter deadlines and diminishing margins continue to drive requirements for inspections to run faster without compromising accuracy. We have worked closely with our customers to develop a semiconductor backend inspection system that gives them a competitive advantage to meet today's stringent manufacturing demands."

The AV6000 performs high-throughput ball and mark inspection for semiconductor backend applications, and is able to detect substrate defects that would adversely affect manufacturing yield, before and after test. It covers integrated inspection for ball, substrate and mark inspection with fast, accurate and wide defect coverage for CSP substrate inspection. These state-of-the-art features help lower the cost of ownership for current and future CSP packages without sacrificing accuracy.

The AV6000 provides production throughput of up to17,000 uph, accurate to below 10 microns. The high throughput and accuracy is achieved through a combination of high-speed imaging technologies. The AV6000 integrates separate modules for each type of package inspection, allowing each module to be highly specialized while the system remains extremely adaptable. Ease of use is a key feature of the system, including calibration that is automated for consistent performance and transferable "recipes" that ensure results are accurate at any inspection location.

The Agilent AV6000 Automated Inspection System is now available. For more information about the inspection system, please contact your local Agilent Technologies sales representative.

About Agilent Technologies
Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) is a global technology leader in communications, electronics and life sciences. The company's 36,000 employees serve customers in more than 120 countries. Agilent had net revenue of $6 billion in fiscal year 2002. Information about Agilent is available on the Web at

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