No need to waste floor space: the Cougar EVO is the smart system for efficient and reliable inspection in the SMT and Semiconductor industry as well as in laboratories – all on only one sqm.

Cougar EVO

Series: CC series

Industry: Automotive, Electronics, Aerospace, Science & research, Semiconductors

Defect size: <1µm, <50µm, <1mm, >1mm

Part Size: small size

Mode of operation: 2D, 3D, 2D/3D

Cougar EVO highlights:

  • Reliable, fast, and repeatable inspections – manually and automatically
  • Automatic void calculation with VoidInspect
  • Easy to use, dynamic enhancing filters, e.g., eHDR
  • Best available laminography with micro3Dslice and FF CT software
  • Dose reduction kit and low dose detector mode for sensitive components
  • Smallest footprint available on the market

Future-ready for the demands of Industry 4.0

In today’s smart factory, everything revolves around connectivity and self-optimizing processes. Industry 4.0 demands quality control systems that offer improved automated inspections and can become an integral part of the production line. Based on customer input, Comet Yxlon upgraded the Cougar EVO system with advanced features to deliver new heights in speed, image quality, reliability, repeatability, and a footprint of only one sqm.

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Inspection capabilities: outstanding. Footprint: only one sqm.

With its compact dimensions, the Cougar EVO is the perfect choice for X-ray inspection in SMT, the semiconductor industry, and laboratories. Designed as a solution for facilities with space limitations, it combines minimum size and maximum performance. The weight of the Cougar EVO makes it suitable for many standard building floors. In addition, its size and weight make bringing the system into the location quick and hassle-free. In many cases, the existing elevators can be used for transport.

Optimized automated X-ray and CT quality inspections

Cougar EVO responds to the need for improved, automated operation with integrated workflows in the FGUI operating software. The Comet Yxlon FF CT software is designed to start automatically for faster reconstruction and visualization. Due to its unique ability to render 3D cinematic images with a preset selection of transfer functions (TF), the software produces the most realistic, vivid visualization available today.

SMT inspections: grand performance for small devices

Due to the continuous miniaturization of products, more and more components must fit in an ever-smaller area. For the most accurate and repeatable quality inspection results, a test system must not only provide high performance and resolution but also needs to be equipped with dynamic image enhancement filters. The Comet Yxlon Cougar EVO features:

Large flat-panel detectors with up to 50% larger field of view for a better overview and faster working processes due to reduced steps in automated processes

Best laminography with micro3Dslice, optimally suited for large PCBs, with detailed 3D visualization for quick and easy failure analysis – substantially cost-saving compared to micro sectioning

Automatic void calculation with VoidInspect, the laminography workflow enabling the rapid non-destructive analysis of voids inside the solder joints of board components

Integration in the production line: ProLoop (Link auf Video weiter unten) allows direct communication with inline AOI / AXI inspection

Analysis of voids in LEDs with VoidInspect CL

Cougar EVO SMT applications

  • PCB
    • BTC
    • BGA
    • LGA
    • QFN/QFP
    • THT
  • IGBT
  • LED

Semicon inspections: maximum resolution at minimum voltage

Electronic components and semiconductor devices are the key elements of most electronic systems. Due to their compactness and density, testing requires maximal image resolution at low power and low voltage. Void compilations, including multi-area voiding, need accurate, repeatable inspection routines. The Comet Yxlon Cougar EVO offers:

  • Highly sensitive detector with optional dose reduction
  • High detail recognition through an integrated image chain
  • Integrated, automatic error detection in FGUI (Bumps, voids)
Laminography scan of PCB wire bonds

Cougar EVO semiconductor applications

  • Wafers and integrated circuits (IC)
    • Die attach connections
    • 3D IC joints
    • TSV
  • Sensors
  • MEMS and MOEMS

Laboratory inspections: leading technology for precise analysis

The inspection of electronic components during research and development is highly complex and requires a broad range of features. Computed tomography with the Comet Yxlon Cougar EVO is the technology of choice for detailed analyses of micro components such as those used in batteries, connectors, and medical devices.

Exceptional CT quality due to a range of highly sensitive detectors with an excellent contrast-to-noise ratio

Realistic, vivid visualization by Comet Yxlon FF CT software, the integrated workflow in the FGUI user interface with individual 3D cinematic renderers, artifact reduction, and a preset selection of transfer functions (TF)

Laminography scan of micro bumps

Cougar EVO lab applications

  • Batteries
  • Connectors
  • Various hard-to-see electronics components
  • Medical material
  • Military and space electronics

Production line integration with ProLoop

ProLoop is Comet Yxlon’s smart factory solution for the optimization of production processes. It enables direct communication with the inline AOI / AXI inspection systems and thus helps achieve maximum yield performance.


Technical Data

Sample Size 440 x 550 [mm] (17'' x 21'')
Max. Radioscopic Area 310 x 310 [mm] (12'' x 12'')
System Dimensions (W/D/H) 1000 x 1050 x 2200 [mm]
System Weight 1450 kg
FeinFocus X-ray Tube FXT-160.50 Microfocus or FXT-160.51 Multifocus, 20 - 160 kV voltage range
Pixel Matrix 1004 x 620 px (Flat-panel detector 1308), 1004 x 1004 px (Flat-panel detector 1313), 1276 x 1276 px (Flat-panel detector 1616)
Pixel Pitch 127 µm
Bit Depth 16 bit
Oblique Viewing +/- 70° (140°)
3D Modes Laminography (micro3Dslice), CT QuickScan, QualityScan


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