KLA-Tencor Releases FabVision Solar Equipment

KLA-Tencor Corp., a supplier of process control and yield management products for the semiconductor and related industries, has introduced FabVision Solar. According to the company, the new integrated solution is designed to help photovoltaic cell manufacturers improve production yield and profitability by enabling manufacturers to react more quickly to metrology and defectivity excursions.

FabVision Solar leverages KLA-Tencor's ICOS PVI-6 data through a wide range of analysis and monitoring features to provide control and visibility into the manufacturing process. FabVision Solar is a turnkey, integrated solution for PV cell manufacturing that complements customers' existing automated optical inspection strategies, according to KLA-Tencor.

With FabVision Solar, users can now identify the root cause of defectivity issues by applying production-proven defectivity and metrology methodologies from the integrated circuit and wafer markets that are designed specifically for ICOS PVI-6 tools and optimized for the solar sector. Previously, the PV manufacturing market relied on time-consuming manual analysis methods, KLA-Tencor says.

‘The introduction of FabVision Solar fills a void in the PV cell manufacturing market for real-time predictive analysis,’ says Jeff Donnelly, group vice president of growth and emerging markets at KLA-Tencor.

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