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Terahertz imaging company to make headway in chip inspection

Posted: 26 Oct 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Samsung? terahertz? Teraview? imaging? infrared?

TeraView Ltd, which claims to be a pioneer of the solid-state generation and detection of terahertz light for imaging and characterising materials, has received an investment of nearly $10 million. The money will allow TeraView to create systems for the inspection of chip sets used in mobile consumer electronics.

Samsung Ventures led the round in collaboration with Nordson Dage, a vendor of x-ray inspection systems. Q Street Capital and the Low Carbon Innovation Fund also participated in the funding round. Nordson views terahertz imaging and characterisation as complementary to its x-ray products.

TeraView was founded in 2001 as a spin off from Cambridge University and Toshiba Research Europe and has worked over the subsequent years to identify market opportunities for the use of terahertz technology.

Terahertz inspection system

The funding will be used to transition its existing products in high-throughput inspection systems optimised for production lines and to increase sales and support in Asia and the U.S. The money will also support the use of terahertz waves for coatings inspection in the automotive, pharmaceutical and other industries.

Terahertz light lies between the infrared and microwave parts of the spectrum, and as such has unique properties that enables it to pass through objects and to transmit images and compositional spectroscopic information that is normally hidden. It does this while being non-destructive and safe.

- Peter Clarke
??EE Times Europe

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