Making revolutionary accomplishments, a team with Intel's Analysis and Control TD Group developed a software program that sifts through massive amounts of data, enabling product performance or manufacturing problems to be solved in a very short amount of time. Called Primary Yield Analysis Software Capability, otherwise known as Crystal Ball, the program runs on a standard Windows*-operated office PC, and has given Intel a major lead over the rest of the industry in both the speed at which they can achieve high yields, as well as the ultimate level of the yield. It's also the first software of its kind in the semiconductor industry to be so sophisticated, and to have such an integrated, easy-to-use set of capabilities.
A team from Intel's Test Department knows how to get back to basics the very basics. The team developed a design for a new device that would cut out all of the bells and whistles of existing microprocessor structural testers-testers that check microprocessors for transistor defects, leaving in place only those features that Intel really needed. The new testers cut testing costs, save time and have helped Intel� Pentium� 4 processors ramp almost twice as fast, getting the products to the market much faster. The results have been so impressive, others in the industry are lining up to use it.
An Intel Oregon team is making one of the fastest mobile processors on the market even faster. The team discovered a way to make the Intel� Pentium� III mobile processor better by improving the processor gate oxide on the Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor transistor that makes up the processor, squeezing out 120 more megahertz from the product. The team had committed to this aggressive goal ahead of time, and through a systematic understanding of physical mechanisms, they achieved it.
An Intel team made up of employees from several U.S. sites, as well as from Israel, developed a new process that enables chips to be made faster and cheaper. Through a process called "clustering", the larger of two sizes of lens a part of the lithography tool used to shine light in the chip-making process is leveraged. The larger lens size enables two chips to be made at the same time, rather than the previous one. The new process saves time and has helped cut costs considerably.
This Intel team is really moving products. Members of this team have developed ways to get newly developed products out the door faster than ever before. In fact, the team helped launch more than twice as many products in 2001 as it did in 2000. The New Product Introduction Process doubles the volume of most products while cutting in half the time it takes to make them, introduces a multi-product shuttle that allows several products to run on the same wafer-which saves both time and money, and introduces more automated systems in order to make engineers more efficient.