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Why semiconductor companies should use single device tracking

Semiconductor companies face the perfect storm. The combination of complex products, a high mix and greater specs for quality, innovation and size makes it more challenging to achieve zero defects and effectively utilize hugely expensive capital equipment and facilities. Meet customer expectations with a single-device tracking approach.

Single-device tracking is the way to manage production and deliver data about every device and its processing history, even when single devices are processed differently. Most semiconductor companies cannot currently perform that tracking without slowing the operation. But, what if it is integrated into MES, enabling semiconductor makers to control how each device goes through the processes and record it.

Chip manufacturers making higher quality semiconductors faster

Growing demand and markets alongside shortages mean semiconductor production capacity is at a premium, requiring years to expand it. Meanwhile, customers want products delivered quickly, increasing time-to-market pressures on semiconductor makers. With capacity already maxed out, companies must be innovative through every production phase. Learn how to leverage single device tracking in this whitepaper.

Streamlining data and improving control using single device tracking

When a shipped module has dozens of chips, there may be thousands of child data points to process for every lot. Volume production facilities multiply this by many steps on many pieces of equipment for many lots, adding up data transactions quickly. Today, sequential data reads into the application are time-consuming and often slow the operation. With time-to-market requirements and capacity needs, this is unacceptable. Semiconductor companies urgently need to streamline the data processing for single-device processing.

Increasing semiconductor traceability with single device tracking

With data available for every device at every step through the entire supply chain, traceability is a way to improve quality control and reduce containment impact in the case of issues. Traceability includes detail for the customer to trace back to see materials and processing steps, equipment and conditions for every device. However, traceability cannot meet the IC manufacturer’s needs alone; chip and device makers need to track and trace single devices.