Semiconductor, electronics and even photonics manufacturers turn to photonics for help on the factory floor.
Hank Hogan, Contributing Editor
At KLA-Tencor Corp. of San Jose, Calif., the emphasis is on the detection and measurement of small things, items with dimensions of less than a micron.
The company makes yield management and process control solutions for the semiconductor industry. It depends on photonics, ranging from lasers that scan with no moving parts to custom-built imaging systems that process 400 million pixels each second…