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Rudolph launches second inspection and metrology system for advanced packaging


Rudolph Technologies has announced its new Dragonfly G2 platform, which incorporates many of the benefits of the Firefly system onto the Dragonfly platform, including higher sensitivity and throughput and the proprietary Clearfind Technology. The new system increases the options for advanced packaging customers to meet their wafer-based application challenges on a single platform. To date, customer evaluations have reported throughput increases greater than 50 percent over the first-generation Dragonfly system. The new Dragonfly G2 systems are scheduled to begin shipment in the latter part of the fourth quarter and will be highlighted at the SEMICON Taiwan trade show September 5-7 in Rudolph's booth N686-4F.

The company claims the Dragonfly G2 system achieves significant throughput and productivity increases using proprietary camera technology combined with stage speed and accuracy. Additionally, its modular architecture permits plug-and-play configurability of Rudolph's technologies such as Truebump Technology, for more accurate bump height measurement, and Clearfind Technology, for non-visual residue detection. Streamlined software algorithms contribute to the faster throughput and enable the system to handle increasing bump counts, which have already exceeded 80 million bumps per wafer.

"Advanced packaging processes are evolving rapidly, with larger packages, shrinking features, and higher counts of smaller bumps on every wafer, and the Dragonfly G2 system is designed to meet these new challenges," said Tim Kryman, senior director of corporate marketing at Rudolph Technologies. "At the same time, its increased throughput reduces cost-of-ownership and its configurable modular design lets one system do the work of two. "Based on the positive feedback from customers' beta testing we are expecting strong demand for this latest evolution of our technology. We expect the Dragonfly G2 system to meet our customers' future inspection needs as increasing demands for higher quality products are driving more data with greater integrity and faster throughput to meet the growing volumes of consumer and auto electronics products."

"An important driver for Rudolph Technologies is to increase our pace of innovation to ensure we are anticipating our customers' roadmaps," added Mike Goodrich, vice president and general manager of Rudolph's Process Control Group. "We were very pleased to be able to demonstrate that commitment with the release of this Dragonfly G2 system. Not only have we significantly improved throughput and imaging capability, but we have also provided the powerful Clearfind Technology to make a compelling, no compromise, advanced packaging process control system."

The Dragonfly G2 system can be ordered now with shipments expected to begin in Q4. First-generation Dragonfly systems can be retrofitted on-site with a second-generation upgrade kit.

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