Production and manufacturing business is a very complex industry, but it plays a huge role in the society. Without it, there will be no basic commodities, materials, cars, technology businesses and many more. But have you ever wondered why in the world this makes it possible for the business to operate and expand? Well, it started in a small element which was invented centuries ago called a semiconductor.
Role of Semiconductor in the Industry
Before, the uses and applications of a semiconductor are limited. But as time passes by, inventors found the wide uses of a semiconductor, and it all started. The semiconductor industry has continued to grow and expand in an increasingly tough competitive market. It is a known fact that buyers expect wants only the highest and best quality of the products they are getting. Of course, to survive in the market, products must be delivered at the lowest price possible. Since common products are highly reliant on the uses of semiconductors, there have been a new invented device to maintain the precision accuracy in operating environments, and this is called nano-scale devices. To get this, semiconductor testing has turned out to be one of the most costly factors in the whole manufacturing cost. To guarantee long life spans, the semiconductors are expected to last from ten to twenty five years. This means that there is no reliability related defects in semiconductor.
To identify potential problems, it is the duty of semiconductor testers to test the product designs prior to the manufacturing process. After the end product being manufactured, they are also used to double-check the product reliability and quality. The average car, for instance, is dependent on 100 micro controllers, and each are required operating correctly to ensure safety. As a result, semiconductor testers should determine reliability in variable and harsh environments. In fact, this is the only means of delivering reliability and quality to the end customer.
Any defects of semiconductor are broken down into 2 categories: the hardware and the software. Software defects may result from manufacturing errors, external disturbances, and bad designs. Hardware defects may result from manufacturing errors, incorrect specification, low quality, ineffective components and materials, and external disturbances. Regardless of whether the problem is in hardware, software, or a combination of both, the result will still be unacceptable in semiconductors.
Testing the Reliability of Semiconductor
Throughout the product life-cycle, semiconductor testers are utilized for prototyping to product’s end result. Prototype characterization test is the first test that takes place. The Prototype characterization test is used to spot any noticeable flaws of the initial design. The rationale for this is that the first test happens so early due to the 1:10:100 rules. The second test happens after the first production. Primarily, it identifies errors in the manufacturing process. The next 2 tests are the final and intermediate production test. Both happen during the different production and manufacturing phases. Maintenance and reception test are the last two tests. When the client receives the end-product, reception test takes place. Throughout the product life cycle, the maintenance test will take place many times.
If there is one thing that’s steady in manufacturing and production, no doubt it would be a semiconductor.