MILPITAS, CA -- KLA today announced the launch of Frontline Cloud Services, a software solution that accelerates design-for-manufacturability (DfM) analysis and time-to-market (TTM) for printed circuit boards (PCBs).

The new cloud-based SaaS offering moves DfM analysis to the cloud, which according to the company significantly reduces IT bottlenecks and the amount of time needed to run analyses.

Asserting on-premises DfM analysis can take hours or days, KLA proposes a cloud-based solution to tap greater compute power.

"As a leader in PCB CAM, engineering and Industry 4.0 solutions, our customers share with us the bottlenecks that slow down their PCB manufacturing process," said Eran Lazar, general manager, Frontline division, and vice president at KLA. "We decided to tackle the challenges of DfM analysis by taking advantage of the unlimited computational power of the cloud, while keeping the proven application intact. For PCB manufacturers eager to make the most of cloud-based efficiencies while maintaining exacting security protocols, we continually ensure that Frontline Cloud Services meets the highest security standards."

Anecdotally, per the company, customers running comparative tests on complex PCBs saw Frontline Cloud Services enable up to 90% faster DfM analysis speeds. For example, one customer producing high-density interconnect (HDI) PCBs saw analysis time shorten to 30 minutes from 75 hours when running the same DfM analysis on premises versus with Frontline Cloud Services, respectively. Another customer producing PCBs for miniLED ran a similar test and analysis time was reduced to 20 minutes from nine hours.

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