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Coronavirus Makes AR's Potential a Reality for Chip Makers

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An engineer at ASML facilities in the Netherlands using augmented reality glasses to guide maintenance.

Augmented reality is seeing increased use in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

Credit: ASML

The coronavirus pandemic has spurred the everyday use of augmented reality (AR) in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.

AR, which imposes digital images onto real-world views, enables specialists and managers to guide colleagues through procedures without being in the same physical space.

Intel has transitioned AR into an element of its permanent operational strategy, following a successful trial of remote maintenance at a chip plant in Arizona.

The chip sector, with its ultra-specialized equipment and highly automated plants, is well suited for AR, especially now that remote workforces and virtual interaction have become essential and are likely to persist.

Before the coronavirus, chipmakers had balked at installing cameras on production lines, out of concern about the security of their trade secrets.

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