07 Aug Imago earns more acclaim for microscope
Madison, Wis. – Imago Scientific Instruments Corp., a provider of technologies for sub-nanometer mapping of microelectric devices and materials, has won acclaim for the updated capabilities of its atom probe microscope.
A panel of industry experts appointed by Research and Development Magazine recently recognized the microscope with an “R&D100” award for 2006.
Dr. Tim Stultz, president and CEO of Imago, said the microscope, LEAP 3000X, “fills a critical need in the semiconductor design roadmap on the way to 65-nanometer and 45-nanometer device structures.”
This year’s addition of the “laser pulse operating mode” to LEAP enables analysis of semiconductor-device structures, which have been defined as “critical-path requirements” in the international technology roadmap for semiconductors.
Atom probe tomography is a tool for materials analysis and semiconductor-device engineering, and LEAP is used for 3D analysis of materials such as metals and data-storage devices.
Earlier this year, the microscope won the same award for its laser-pulsed ionization mode, which enables analysis of next-generation semiconductor devices.
In 2004, Imago was cited for the microscope’s capacity to study metallic alloys and measure corresponding atomic-level clusters and precipitates. These clusters determine mechanical properties such as hardness and temperature stability.
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