Minimizing Cost for Thickness Uniformity

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Thin film thickness uniformity is one of the main components of yield. Parts coated with a film that is outside the limits will need to be either reworked or scrapped. However, it is important not to over-specify the uniformity. If your design demands +/-5% uniformity and you specify +/-2% because it is “better”, you will… Read More

Achieving Repeatability in High-Volume Manufacturing

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Repeatability is a key factor in any production process. Along with uniformity, it ultimately determines the yield of any thin film deposition process. When designing a thin film system configuration for high-volume manufacturing, repeatability becomes especially paramount. Why is Repeatability Important? Accuracy (hitting the middle of a spec) and precision (repeatable results) are the two… Read More

Thin Film Considerations for High-Volume Manufacturing

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To scale smoothly into high-volume manufacturing, you need to be prepared to meet higher throughput requirements without impacting your process control. This means investing in the right thin film system configuration to meet your demanding throughput needs. Factors to Consider When selecting a thin film deposition system for high-volume production, there are a number of… Read More

Weighing the Benefits of Sputtering vs. Evaporation

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When comparing the four main types of physical vapor deposition (PVD) for thin films, it is important to know the benefits and drawbacks of each before you decide which method will best suit your application. PVD can occur through sputtering (magnetron or ion beam), which utilizes energetic ions colliding with a target to eject (or… Read More

Opto-Electronics Market Trends to Expect in 2019

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As demand for popular consumer electronics and next-generation technologies has risen over the years, the opto-electronics market has grown with it. Despite global trade tension and tariffs creating challenges in this space, companies are still expecting to generate revenue growth in 2019. Cree, Inc., cited these challenges as “headwinds” in their first-quarter 2019 earnings report,… Read More

Make Refurbished Equipment a Part of Your Total Design Solution

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This November, many companies will take advantage of surplus capital before their budget is set for the upcoming year. In a recent survey of nearly 150 compound semiconductor manufacturers on their capital expense budgets, around 42% of companies predict their capex budget will increase in 2019, while 31% predict a decrease. In an ever-changing business… Read More

Selecting the Right Front-end Option

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If you’re looking to improve productivity in your sputtering process, there are several front-end options available to use. When paired with a compatible standard sputter chamber, these front-end options can be used to increase throughput and production efficiency while providing consistent, repeatable results. Front-end Options Single Chamber, Single Wafer Loadport: This type of front-end option… Read More

Closure Rate and Uniformity in Indium Bump Deposition

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In indium bump deposition, there is a tradeoff between closure rate and closure uniformity. A slower closure rate and high closure uniformity is ideal, but often, the closer you get to your desired specs in one area, the more you sacrifice with the other. Closure Rate vs. Closure Uniformity Closure rate: This refers to the… Read More

Addressing AR/VR Design Challenges with Thin Film

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In augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), the technology is, in many ways, still in its infancy, with new approaches and designs being developed to deliver the most authentic experience possible. Taking advantage of thin film deposition solutions is one way that AR/VR equipment manufacturers can produce higher quality designs and more competitive products…. Read More

2 Important Factors for Coating in Sample Preparation

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Thin film coating is an important part of the sample preparation process for microscopy. Samples typically undergo a different preparation process depending on the type of microscope being used for observation, but there are two important factors to consider when coating samples for either type. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) Sample Prep Biological materials, which include… Read More