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Infinite applications for laser material processing

Checking emails on your smartphone, navigating rush hour traffic without having to steer, or riding an e-bike through the city streets to work. Many of these things already are taken for granted or are just around the corner. Behind them all lies a technology that has made these advances possible in the first place: laser material processing. Among the biggest applications in this context are the cutting, welding and marking of components made of plastic, metal or glass.

Jenoptik JENvelt - laser photonics in everyday life 

JENvelt™

JENvelt (Jenoptik vision enhanced laser tool) harnesses our deep knowledge of optics and laser technology with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence. It is an integrated optical system platform for laser material processing of plastics, metals and other materials. The core of the system is the "all-in-one" software, which combines scanner and laser control as well as image recognition with artificial intelligence. JENvelt efficiently aligns customers’ laser processes, easily detecting position deviations and contour variations within work applications. Customers get increased production yield and reduced scrap. JENvelt automates down to the micrometer range to place the laser at the correct position in the image.

Think of the sharpest, thinnest, most accurate knife - in the hands of a brilliant AI surgeon. Think of this knife being used with the utmost sensitivity to drill and make incisions in chips and semiconductors. That’s a good parallel for JENvelt.

You can see more details about the applications in the following video!


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  • Light as a high-speed technology for the transmission of data?

Hosting a webinar from your living room, checking in with your doctor via a video consultation, or simply streaming a movie to watch after work: this isn’t science fiction. It’s reality. Driven by globalization, connectivity, the Internet of Things, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, these trends are creating new technologies and fields of application. However, quality is limited by the transmission and processing of data along with energy consumption. A remedy is on hand though: photonic integrated circuits (PICs). PICs offer significantly higher speed and thus greater bandwidths. In addition to data centers, PICs offer opportunities in gene sequencing, blood analysis and metrology e.g. LiDAR systems.

Jenoptik UFO Probe® - at high speed through life

PICs in optical transceivers transmit data not with electrons, but with photons - in other words, light. They enable energy savings and greater data throughput simultaneously. Due to flexible chip design and excellent chip and performance characteristics, PICs are predicted to have a high-growth future. Especially with 5G providing a platform for many new applications.

Jenoptik UFO Probe® meets the challenge of final wafer testing. Currently, the optical interfaces of test equipment have to be realigned in the sub-micrometer range to test each chip. This means hours of additional time due to multiple chips per wafer. With our new solution’s alignment-insensitive optics, test time is reduced to minutes per batch, allowing wafers to be completely measured in just a few hours.

Our new technology runs on standard prober equipment, which is used for pure electrical chip testing and hence utilizes the existing test ecosystem. It also allows parallel testing of multiple chips and can thus significantly reduce measurement time even further.

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