Title: Application of new Apriori algorithm MDNC to TFT-LCD array manufacturing yield improvement

Authors: Chiung-Fen Huang, Ruey-Shun Chen

Addresses: Institute of Information Management, Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, ROC. ' Institute of Information Management, Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 300, ROC

Abstract: With the trend and demand of larger panels and higher resolution in Thin Film Transistor-Liquid Crystal Display (TFT-LCD) panels, yield improvement has become the key factor in TFT-LCD manufacturing. This paper presents a successful and effective data mining methodology for TFT-LCD manufacturing yield improvement. We have modified an Apriori algorithm called Multi-Dimension Non-Continuous (MDNC) by eliminating the limitations imposed by traditional pattern matching of continuous data, to mine the association rules in the cross-day discrete manufacturing data and find out some valuable information. The results show how to effectively locate any machine with low yield and vastly improve it in TFT-LCD large panel manufacturing yield-rate, thereby reducing the manufacturing cycle time, the frequency of holding lot by adaptation of MDNC.

Keywords: Apriori algorithm; association rules; data mining; thin film transistor-liquid crystal display; TFT-LCD manufacturing; yield improvement; cycle time reduction.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2007.013353

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2007 Vol.28 No.2/3, pp.161 - 168

Published online: 22 Apr 2007 *

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