Magma Design Automation Inc., a provider of chip design software, has developed a new yield-enhancement software system customized for solar fabs to improve conversion efficiency, increase yield and reduce the manufacturing costs of solar cells.
Magma is collaborating with Pegasus Semiconductor-Solar to refine product specifications and test the new product, which is based on Magma's YieldManager software system.
The company's new product will allow solar manufacturers to better monitor all metrology, inspection and performance data throughout the manufacturing process. This capability will allow fab operators to identify and correct root causes of solar-efficiency and yield degradation caused by subtle processing fluctuations or instability.
‘Semiconductor manufacturing tools, such as rapid fault detection, advanced process control and integrated yield management, are now critically needed in the solar industry to reduce costs,’ says Dr. Sudhindra Tatti, president of Pegasus Semiconductor-Solar.
Magma says it is collaborating with several solar fabs and will soon announce installation sites in Asia.
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