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Applied Materials' New Technology Incorporates AI For Faster, Economical Chip Testing: Reuters

A new semiconductor manufacturing technology from Applied Materials Inc (NASDAQ: AMAT) used artificial intelligence (AI) for more efficient detection of chip mistakes, 

· 03/16/2021 12:00

A new semiconductor manufacturing technology from Applied Materials Inc (NASDAQ: AMAT) used artificial intelligence (AI) for more efficient detection of chip mistakes, Reuters reports.

  • The new Applied tools were aimed to scrutinize those chips at various times during the manufacturing process, saving companies from the botheration of costly modern chip manufacturing factories.
  • AMAT's new optical scanner, mainly an extremely advanced camera known as Enlight, scanned a silicon wafer for problem areas over 15 minutes, followed by a closer look from an electron microscope.
  • The new AI technology called ExtractAI only needed to check about 1,000 of those possible trouble spots with the electron microscope to predict the biggest problem location. 
  • The AI-powered check only took about an hour compared to multiple days required by the electron microscope to inspect each of the numerous problems detected by the initial optical scan.
  • Applied Materials considers it to be an economical solution for the consumers. Since last year, the company had been testing the system with customers, leading to over $400 million in revenue to date.
  • Price action: AMAT shares were trading higher by 5.24% at $120.905 on the last check Tuesday.