Neocera

Office front shot of NeoceraPioneers in PLD Technology

Neocera was founded by Dr. Venkatesan in 1989 as a commercial vehicle for conveying technological expertise in complex multi-component metal-oxide thin film materials using Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD). We continue to develop PLD equipment and processes that result in products of high value to the customer. We remain active in materials research, leading the application of PLD into new material systems, and participating directly in the transition from PLD processes from the research laboratory to the industrial marketplace. We added Pulsed Electron Deposition (PED) as a complementary technique to PLD in 2001. Our mission is to become researchers’ and manufacturers’ first choice for PLD and PED equipment. Our PLD/PED systems can be found in Universities, National Research Laboratories and Corporate R&D Centers in over 30 countries around the world.

Neocera’s Development of Magnetic Field Microscopy

In 1997, Neocera licensed exclusively University of Maryland patents in the technology of using SQUIDs to image magnetic fields in electronic devices. Neocera added several key patented innovations and introduced its Magma product line to the semiconductor industry for imaging shorts and leakage defects in packages. Giant magnetoresistive (GMR) sensors were added to the Magma product line to enable high resolution defect localization on die. Neocera innovations continued to extend fault isolation capability of magnetic field imaging to localizing open defects. As a result, Magma magnetic field microscopes are uniquely capable of localizing all static electrical faults. The permeation of magnetic field through all materials used in semiconductor device fabrication makes this the preferred technique for localizing buried defects.