August 27, 2008

Magma Develops Yield Enhancement Software for Solar Cell Fabs

Magma Design Automation, a provider of chip design software, has deployed 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 has collaborated with Pegasus Semiconductor-Solar to refine product specifications and test the new product, based on Magma's YieldManager software system.

Magma's new product will allow solar fabs to better monitor all metrology, inspection and performance data throughout the manufacturing process. This would enable fab operators to identify and correct root causes of solar-efficiency and yield degradation caused by subtle fab processing fluctuations or instability.

The company claims that YieldManager enables accurate analysis and correlation of disparate data from most of the equipment in the manufacturing line. With this information, semiconductor test and production engineers can quickly identify and correct root causes of yield loss - saving time, maximizing equipment utilization, increasing yield and reducing costs. Proven to efficiently address yield management for complex semiconductor fabrication, a solar-targeting version of YieldManager could effectively address the similar solar cell fabrication process.