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Evaluation Engineering: The evolution of Industry 4.0, through the eyes of the PCB manufacturer

The evolution of industry 4.0, through the eyes of the PCB manufacturer

Industry 4.0—known to some as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or smart factory—promises to transform the manufacturing and production infrastructure in profound ways. Its name derives from its potential to usher in the fourth industrial revolution—a bold objective when one considers the magnitude of the revolutions in steam power, assembly-line production, and computer automation that preceded it.

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Evaluation Engineering: Display Inspection - Flexible OLED displays drive market disruption, manufacturing innovation

Display Inspection: Flexible OLED displays drive market disruption, manufacturing innovation

Consumer electronics manufacturers reside between a rock and a hard place. They must continuously innovate in order to compete in the mass market, yet they’re tightly constrained by unrelenting cost pressures. The recent emergence of flexible OLED displays is a prime example of a cutting-edge technology that electronics manufacturers must pursue to maintain market relevance—but producing these displays is expensive, and the number-one reason for this is yield.

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Evaluation Engineering: Real-time adaptive test algorithm can safely reduce wafer testing time and cost

Real-time adaptive test algorithm can safely reduce wafer testing time and cost

The testing of the semiconductor dies produced by a wafer fabrication plant involves a long series of operations requiring meticulous care. The time spent performing these tests markedly affects both a plant’s production throughput and production costs.

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EE: Big data, big decisions

Big data, big decisions

You’ve undoubtedly heard a lot about big data. Gartner announced last August that the technology had passed the peak of inflated expectations of the market-research firm’s hype cycle. According to the hype cycle model, big data is descending into the trough of disillusionment, from which it will emerge, climbing the slope of enlightenment on its way to the plateau of productivity.

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EE: Big data in semiconductors—how to collect, detect, and act

Big data in semiconductors—how to collect, detect, and act 

Big data, defined as an all-encompassing term for any collection of data sets so large or complex that it becomes difficult to process using traditional data processing applications, continues to be a major topic in virtually every business segment. While big data solutions have gained a foothold in retail, sales, and financial organizations over the past 10 years, there are other industries, like semiconductor manufacturing, that stand to reap significant gains from extreme analytic solutions that can mine these enormous sources of data.