VoltaIQ taps chip tool for AI-enabled battery production

VoltaIQ taps chip tool for AI-enabled battery production

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By Nick Flaherty

VoltaIQ in New York is working with semiconductor software tool supplier PDF Solutions on AI-enabled battery manufacturing.

VoltaIQ is combining its Enterprise Battery Intelligence platform with PDF Solutions’ Exensio platform for process control and manufacturing analytics to reduce the risks of delivery bottlenecks, reduces resource consumption and accelerate the set up of battery lines.

The key is that the processes involved in semiconductor production are not so dissimilar to those in battery production. VoltaIQ and PDF Solutions bring battery expertise and manufacturing expertise from semiconductor production together, creating a software platform from scratch that optimizes the manufacturing processes for battery production.

PDF Solutions, based in California, has worked with companies such as UltraSoC in the UK (now part of Siemens), GigaDevice in China and Melexis in Belgium.

“PDF Solutions’ Exensio platform is one of the world’s leading data and analytics platforms for the semiconductor industry. It manages more than 40,000 process, test and assembly tools in factories and trains more than 15,000 engineers worldwide,” said Michael Yu, VP of PDF Solutions Advanced Solutions Group. “Our partnership with VoltaIQ allows us to accelerate our expansion into the battery market by leveraging our best-in-class semiconductor process control methodology in battery production.”

The battery industry is in the process of creating new production capacities at a rapid pace as the market growth for e-vehicles grows. This has already led to supply bottlenecks for battery cells.

In response, companies from across the battery ecosystem have begun building new factories, with many as joint ventures. However these projects face long start-up times until production runs economically and are confronted with immature supply chains and a shortage of skilled workers. 

The combination of the AI-enabled Exensio tool for the process control and manufacturing analysis with VoltaIQ’s Enterprise Battery Intelligence platform enables cell makers to fully characterize battery quality earlier in the production process and link these characteristics with important ones manufacturing parameters for control and improvement.

This provides a real-time view of battery quality and performance to detect early signs of impending failure, resulting in faster time-to-market, higher production output, fewer defects and higher sales.

“Batteries are the foundation of the current massive shift towards an electrified global economy,” said Tal Shol Klapper, CEO and co-founder of VoltaIQ.  “Our partnership with PDF Solutions will help battery manufacturers make their teams agile to better compete in the global mobility shift to automotive battery powered mobility.”


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