Inspecting and Analyzing Printed Circuit Boards Quickly and Reliably with a Digital Microscope

January 11, 2016

For the past several years, digital microscopy has been shown to be useful for inspection, quality control and assurance (QC/QA), and failure analysis (FA) in the microelectronics industry, especially for printed circuit boards (PCBs). Recently, state-of-the-art improvements have made digital microscopy even more powerful and practical for inspection, leading to a more efficient workflow. Here, the advantages of certain digital microscope features, i.e., intuitive software for operation and analysis, fast and easy ways to change magnification, and encoding for reliable recall of parameters, are explained.

Printed circuit board (PCB) used as sample.
Low magnification image of a part of the PCB sample recorded with the Leica DVM6.
3D image of a portion of a PCB showing integrated circuit (IC) chips and a solder joint; captured with a Leica DVM6 using the EDOF (extended depth of field) function of LAS X. See also same image on the right with color Z-scale.
Same 3D image as on the left with color Z-scale.

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The Leica DVM6 digital microscope provides users with an even easier and more rapid way to record high quality, reliable image data and make quick analysis leading to greater efficiency when inspecting microelectronic parts. This report discusses how these features of the Leica DVM6 contributes to a faster, more reliable workflow:

  • Intuitive software for microscope operation and data analysis;
  • Efficient, simple way to change magnification over the entire range (12 : 1 to 2,350 : 1);
  • Encoding (automated tracking and storing) of important parameters, e.g., stage, optics, illumination, and camera settings, for rapid recall at any time;

Register to download the free report in Englisch,
(Bestückte Leiterplatten schnell und zuverlässig mit dem Digitalmikroskop prüfen),
French (Inspection rapide et fiable de circuits imprimés par microscopie numérique),
Italian (La microscopia digitale consente un'ispezione veloce e affidabile dei circuiti stampati), or
Spanish (Inspección rápida y fiable de placas de circuitos impresos con microscopía digital).

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