New concepts recently developed maximize CAD/CAM automation for all types of Ceramic Hybrids including Thick Film, Thin Film, LTCC and HTCC. Designs can now go quickly from concept to manufactured product, which will fuel more progress to bring a largely manual process to maximum automation, to include automatic masks, panels and generation of 3D analysis models. Maximum automation results in expanded use of technologies that are now shrinking. Technologies that have complex and difficult to understand design and manufacturing steps have a hard time gaining wide acceptance.

CDS is tackling this complex challenge and is designing and implementing the following processes to solve the most difficult CAD/CAM problems:

  1. Be a true CAM tool that reads in designs from any other EDA (layout) system. Y

  2. Run all possible DRC checks necessary for high fabrication and assembly yield. Y

  3. Make all manufacturing masks automatically from very basic designs by using settings in an automatically configurable table. Y

  4. Panelize all types of Ceramic designs in preparation for manufacturing. Y

  5. Generate documentation automatically through from stored configuration files. D

  6. In LTCC and HTCC, place cavity punches (nibbles and rubs) automatically and feed correct machine data to the punch machine. Y

  7. Export resistor trimming data directly to the laser trimming machine. F

  8. Feed flying probe test data directly to the flying probe tester. D

  9. Automatically make a 3D Image and export ACIS or STEP for thermal analysis. D

  10. Export data directly to all electrical analysis and thermal analysis tools. P

  11. Support circuit fabrication on non-planar surfaces. F

  12. Make full 3D analysis models of circuits on non-planar surfaces.F

The purpose of this paper is to define what is required for the Ceramic Hybrid Microelectronics industry to realize full automation in design, checking and output to manufacturing. Your ideas are welcome.

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