Magma Design Automation Inc., a provider of chip design software, has released YieldManager Solar, a yield-enhancement software system customized for solar fabs. According to the company, the software improves energy conversion efficiency, increases yield and reduces the manufacturing costs of solar cells.
Based on software proven in the semiconductor industry, YieldManager Solar provides analysis and correlation of all metrology, inspection and performance data used throughout the solar cell manufacturing process. With this information, solar fab test and production engineers can quickly identify and correct root causes of solar energy conversion efficiency and yield degradation caused by subtle fab processing fluctuations or instability.
‘Inefficient energy conversion and the need to produce a very large number of wafers contribute to the high cost of solar-converted electricity and slow the growth of the alternative energy market,’ says Ankush Oberai, vice president of Magma's fab analysis business unit.
‘With YieldManager Solar, fabs can carefully monitor the entire solar cell manufacturing process over time and create highly customized reports that enable them to improve the energy conversion efficiency, reduce the manufacturing costs and increase the yield of silicon wafer-based solar cells,’ Oberai continues.
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SOURCE: Magma Design Automation Inc.