Onto Innovation announces the latest addition to its family of acoustic metrology products

WILMINGTON, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Onto Innovation Inc. (NYSE: ONTO) (“Onto Innovation”, “Onto” or the “Company”) today announced the next evolutionary step in innovative acoustic metrology products. New Echo system further expands the addressable market for online characterization of opaque films, which is estimated at approximately $110 million, by exploiting the principle of picosecond ultrasound to provide critical thickness metrology and material characterization for key technology transitions in the advanced DRAM and high-stack NAND memory markets. For these advanced architectures, the Echo system provides critical metal film metrology enabling higher memory bandwidth and bit density. In specialty segments, the Echo system provides metal thickness and characterization for a variety of devices, including RF filters for 5G communications and power devices for the rapidly growing electric vehicle (EV) markets. ) and high-speed portable chargers.

Operating at three times the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of existing products, the Echo system supports a wide range of film thicknesses, from very thin 50 Å films down to opaque 35 µm films and metallic layers. . In addition, the Echo system has materials characterization capabilities that include online time-domain thermo-reflectance for implant monitoring and thermal conductivity characterization.

“Leveraging Onto’s tool-centric software, the Echo system offers a complete solution at HVM customer sites where on-wafer metrology measurements are used in a closed-loop feedback approach to enable process control. on key film deposition steps,” said Danielle Baptiste, vice president and general manager of Onto Innovation’s enterprise software business.

“As the level stacks in vertical NAND devices continue to grow, key deposition steps, such as the hard mask, are critical to the process of channel hole formation. The precise thickness and mechanical properties of these films are extremely critical in ensuring that the film retains its integrity throughout the burning process,” said Priya Mukundhan, Senior Director of Product Management at Onto Innovation.

Early adoption of the Echo system has been quite strong across a variety of customers and is entering these new markets with a backlog of $20 million.

About Onto Innovation Inc.

Onto Innovation is a leader in process control, combining global scale with an expanded portfolio of advanced technologies that include patternless wafer quality; 3D metrology covering chip functionality, from nanoscale transistors to large chip interconnects; macro-inspection of wafer and package defects; metal interconnect composition; factory analyses; and lithography for advanced semiconductor packaging.

Our wide range of offerings across the entire semiconductor value chain help our customers solve their toughest issues around yield, device performance, quality and reliability. Onto Innovation strives to optimize customers’ critical path of progress by making them smarter, faster and more efficient.

Based in Wilmington, Massachusetts, Onto Innovation supports its customers with a global sales and service organization.

Additional information can be found at www.ontoinnovation.com.

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Source: Onto Innovation Inc.


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