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Sonoscan Updates Its "Gold Standard" C-SAM® System

Elk Grove Village, IL — July 5, 2007

Sonoscan today unveiled the new D-9500™ update of its popular C-SAM® acoustic microscope system.  The contemporary D-9500 replaces the widely used “gold standard” D-9000 system in Sonoscan’s line-up, and like the D-9000 excels in failure analysis, product development, material characterization and low-volume production.

The maximum scan area has been increased to allow the user to image a great number of parts at once - two JEDEC-size trays of parts, for example, or a 300mm wafer.  In addition, the loading and handling of samples has become much more user friendly with improved lighting and enhanced access to the scan area. 

Like the D-9000, the D-9500 takes advantage of Sonoscan’s proprietary processing algorithms and acoustic transducers to provide the highest levels of accuracy and sensitivity available, along with the highest throughput.   Proprietary software tools maintain the accuracy of echo polarity and depth data, a feat of precision that competing systems cannot achieve.

The overall speed-of-imaging advantage is provided by a patented, inertially balanced scanner, which virtually eliminates vibration and, due to recent design improvements, runs quieter than ever.  Resolution of the image is selectable up to 64 megapixels, with precision of ±0.5 micron. 

Sonoscan quality is also evident in the D-9500’s Q-BAM™ mode, used to make acoustic cross sections that are nondestructive but that are as informative as destructive cross sections.  Users have also discovered that a Q-BAM image is the critical first step in performing Acoustically Guided Destructive Physical Analysis™. 

Sonoscan’s new D-9500™ “Gold Standard” C-SAM® acoustic microscope system.

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.