Interview — Thorsten Rother, Yxlon

Yxlon’s Y.Cougar x-ray system for 2D and 3D microfocus inspection has a few new improvements in it. Can you tell our readers a little bit about what’s new with the Y.Cougar?

Thorsten_Rother_YxlonThe Y.Cougar is a very well known system since now six, seven years on the market, especially in the SMT and semicon markets. So, we created an interface for specific inspection capabilities, so that you get the really exact inspection you would like to get on your side as a customer. The requirements are really well defined, giving you a really precise inspection capability.

In other words, instead of using a generic program, you’re using a customized program.

Exactly. The program analyses are more customized to specific requirements.

Your systems bring in the Gerber data, and you can do measurements off of that, which is useful for obviously traceability and this type of thing.

We implemented a more traceable solution. Your analyses are going directly into an easily searchable database for improved traceability.

Let’s turn our attention quickly to the Y.Cheetah. There’s a fairly exciting new development with that because you’re able to do a form of nondestructive testing. Can you explain how that works?

Our target is to be nondestructive. Until now we had the 2D inspection, the 2.5D inspection. We added the ability to rotate parts—this was more done for the smaller parts, so you could reach all the higher magnification results—and now what we’ve added is a second option for 3D images, where you have the possibility to inspect bigger boards and double-sided boards in 3D without any cutting of the sample itself. We add a third dimension a specific way.

So for high-value boards, you’re not having to cut them up.

We’ve been calling it Y.micro3Dslices. We can really say we can now do all bigger boards 3D slicing, so we can see the separated information of the board itself.

Is that an add-on to the Y.Cheetah, or is that optional extra, or does it come automatic?

It’s an option for the standard Y.Cheetah, so you have no problems to add it on your existing system, or you can add it also easily to the next new system.

So it’s backwards compatible with existing systems?

Exactly yes, right.

I want to thank you, Thorsten, very much for telling us the latest information on the new features. We look forward to hearing more from you in the future.
—Trevor Galbraith

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