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Olympus Offers Flexible, Fully Integrated Defect Review Solution

CENTER VALLEY, PA., July 14, 2009 – Process engineers, fab managers, professionals in yield enhancement, process development, and failure analysis will benefit from the newly introduced Olympus Defect Inspection and Review System, the company’s fast and accurate semiconductor defect review solution. The fully integrated, cost-effective semi-automatic tabletop solution employs the latest technology for faster, accurate stage movement and enhanced optical fidelity, is easy to learn, and is compatible with the most popular defect review file formats.

“We invested the necessary time to bring to market the best possible tabletop system, with load-and-go simplicity, optical excellence, full integration and faster stage movement,” said Matt Smith, Director of Industrial Microscope Sales and Marketing for the Olympus America Scientific Equipment Group.  “This system is worth waiting for - it incorporates top optical performance with new technology and software developments that allow process control professionals to quickly and efficiently map, record, categorize, image and analyze defects.”

Designed for users at all levels of experience and degrees of expertise, the Defect Inspection and Review System delivers the quality of Olympus’ world-renowned optical technologies, local hardware and software support, and ease of use.  The system is based around the company’s fully motorized MX61A® semiconductor microscope, and includes user-configurable software, manual and automatic image capture and archiving capability, and increased stage speed.  The system incorporates the microscope, stage, software, optics, and camera in a compact footprint. Its data is exportable for yield management purposes, and it accepts input from standard results files.

The software’s streamlined user interface is easy to learn, so operators can begin inspecting almost immediately. Because the software is modular, it is flexible and can accommodate changing requirements and individual needs.  With just a few clicks, users can adapt to wafers of different sizes (75-300mm), inspect flat panel displays or photovoltaic components. Image archiving for teaching, training or process control management is simple.

The Olympus Defect Inspection and Review System offers productivity and accuracy for a wide variety of process control and yield management protocols.  For more information, contact Jennifer Wrigley at Olympus America Inc., 3500 Corporate Parkway, Center Valley, PA 18034-0610 USA; phone (484) 896-5213, email jennifer.wrigley@olympus.com, or visit http://www.olympusamerica.com/semiconductor

Additional information can also be found at: www.olympusamerica.com/industrialmicroscopes

About Olympus Scientific Equipment Group – Industrial Microscopes
Olympus industrial microscopes and metrology systems play a leading role in precision R&D, engineering and manufacturing applications in fields as diverse as aerospace, the automotive industry, electronics, materials science/metallurgy, medical devices, photovoltaics, and semiconductors. Olympus continues to be a leader in optical design and advanced quality innovation.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, creating innovative opto-digital solutions in healthcare, life science and consumer electronics products. Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its affiliates worldwide to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry and blood bank analyzers and reagents;
  • Digital cameras and voice recorders.

Olympus serves healthcare and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers to efficiently, reliably and more easily achieve exceptional results. Olympus develops breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality for the consumer and professional photography markets, and also is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.

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