Optimal+ is taking advantage of its long history in the semiconductor business to provide big data analytics for electronics manufacturing operations with the availability of Release 6.5.
In telephone interview with EBN, Optimal+ VP of worldwide marketing David Park said the company’s Global Ops for Electronics enables electronics OEMs to operationally manage the delivery of high-quality, more reliable and affordable electronics products to market. “What we are doing at a high level with 6.5 is expanding from our current position in semiconductors into electronics.”
Customers don’t have to be in the semiconductor business to take advantage of the update, he said. Global Ops for Electronics is standalone solution aimed electronics companies developing end-market products such as smartphones, networking servers, data servers or automotive systems such as ADAS or Car-to-X systems so they to collect, analyze and act on manufacturing and in-use data across a distributed supply chain, a concept Park calls “data feed forward,” particularly test data.
However, one of its early customers is NVIDIA, which already leverages Optimal+ solutions for its semiconductor manufacturing operations. Park said the company collaborated with Optimal+ on the design of the new Global Ops for Electronics solution, and in the long run, it could link both together for complete visibility across its supply chain. “NVIDIA eventually wants to connect the two worlds together but initial goal was to have the visibility they have semiconductor in electronics.”
Ultimately, the goal is to carry as much data across from supplier to supplier as possible, he said, so companies can enhance, certify and monitor the quality of electronics and ICs for the lifetime of those products, whether it’s at the boards phase, rework, system or in use.
This includes improving the testing capabilities and better understanding the data to catch false failures, said Park. Bad is not necessarily bad, he said, and good is not necessarily good. “There's lots of subtleties. Just because a test says the device is good, there are may reasons that device may not be good.”
Testing is very homogenous in the semiconductor market, said Park. “When you move into electronics you have an enormous amount of fragmentation.”
In addition to Global Ops for Electronics, release 6.5 also includes numerous enhancements to the company’s semiconductor solutions including manufacturing execution system tracking, support for “R” within the Sequoia scripting environment and the ability to perform multivariate analysis during part average test, which enables users to rapidly identify and remove suspect devices from good populations.