Towards Lights Out Electronics Manufacturing

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 1:25pm - 2:25pm
Lind 305
Jeff McAlvay (Tempo Automation)
As software plays an increasing role in the physical world (e.g., internet of things, wearables, autonomous cars), the demand for electronics has never been greater. Unfortunately, the experience of developing electronics today is dramatically worse than that of developing software. Instead of the speed and convenience of software iteration, electrical engineers are faced with a slow and tedious prototyping process. This is due to the labor-intensive nature of electronics manufacturing. Our goal is to infuse the production of electronics with software, thereby delivering a software-like development experience to electrical engineers. In this talk, we discuss various puzzles that must be resolved to execute on this vision, ranging from feature extraction from electronics design data, design for manufacturing analyses, as well as factory scheduling and coordination.