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Good Reviews for Sonoscan's Gen6™ Acoustic Microscope

Elk Grove Village, IL — April 12, 2012

Last July, when Sonoscan introduced its Gen6 high-end laboratory acoustic microscope, the designers of the microscope were eager to see reports from the field. One innovation was Sonolytics™ software, an advanced and very smooth Graphical User Interface.

The reports are now coming in. “The big difference,” one user commented, “is that the Gen6 system allows me to concentrate on the parts I’m working with, and on getting data and images from those parts, rather than concentrating on the details of operating the microscope.” Another user called the software “precisely intuitive” in getting him the results he needs, while also saving time by cutting out unneeded tasks.

Users also remarked that it was very useful to be able to select any resolution from <1 megapixel to 268 megapixels, rather than being limited to prescribed values.

Also new in the Gen6 system was the PolyGate™ module , which lets the operator “slice” a part into as many as 200 thin slices and make an image of each slice during a single scan. Designers of the Gen6 system thought that PolyGate analysis would be most useful in imaging multilayer samples and bulk materials such as ceramic.

What designers did not anticipate was the extent to which inventive users would make thin-slice images of plastic-encapsulated microcircuits in order to determine, for example, whether the die was tilted.

Another Gen6 system innovation is a 500MHz pulser having improved signal stability, important for example in 230, 300 or 400 MHz imaging of flip chip underfill, bumps and related features.


Sonoscan, Inc. 2149 E. Pratt Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Phone 847-437-6400. Contact Bill Zuckerman x237. Email bzuckerman@sonoscan.com; web www.sonoscan.com.

About Sonoscan®: Sonoscan is the leading developer and manufacturer of acoustic microscopes and sophisticated acoustic micro imaging systems, widely used for nondestructive analysis of defects in industrial products and semiconductor devices. For over 30 years, Sonoscan’s attention to customer needs and investment in R&D has created systems that set industry standards for speed and accuracy. Key products include C-SAM® systems for off-line and laboratory analysis and FACTS2™ for automated production inspection.

Through its SonoLab division Sonoscan applications engineers, with experience totaling more than two centuries in acoustic microscopy, assist hundreds of customers annually in solving materials problems and quality control issues. SonoLab operates applications testing laboratories in multiple global locations to serve the inspection needs of customers that do not have their own capability.