REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SYSTEM
The system will be used to develop highly integrated components that combine sensors, actuators, data processing, energy storage and wireless communication in a very small space. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is ideal for high integration density, as it allows not only 2D but also 3D structures – such as trenches or upright cylinders to be coated evenly from all sides on a microscopic level. The system will be used for development and sample production on an industrial scale, and will, therefore, be able to accept and coat batches of 300 mm wafers via a standardized FOUB interface. Simultaneously, as a development system, it must also be able to process undesirable materials such as lithium, gold or copper in CMOS processes, offer a wide range of ALD processes (plasma ALD and thermal ALD in crossflow and showerhead reactors) and be modified by the user or manufacturer at a later date for new research projects. After all, the system must be able to complete complex formulas automatically, continuously record all process data and enable different user levels.
SOLVING THE REQUIREMENTS
FHR.Star.300-ALD is a cluster system for 300 mm wafers. The wafers are removed from a standardized wafer cassette via a FOUB interface and transported into the vacuum lock. The vacuum system’s central chamber is equipped with a robot that removes the wafers from the airlock and transports them to one of the two process chambers: a plasma ALD chamber and a chamber for thermal ALD. The thermal ALD chamber can be fitted with either a “showerhead” or a “crossflow” reactor. The gas and precursor cabinets in the chambers provide space for a variety of gases and precursors. As is usual with FHR systems, this system possesses comprehensive automation with access to all components and convenient formula control.
THE SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE FHR.Star.300-ALD
- Processing on standard large-scale 300 mm wafers
- Allows plasma ALD and thermal ALD (two reactor types)
- Flexibility of an R&D facility
- Installation in the clean room
- Formula-controlled coating with monitoring of all system components and process data logging
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