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Electrical and Semiconductor Applications

Electrical & Semiconductor Applications

Semiconductor processing represents a multitude of opportunities and applications for plastics. In this industry segment we provide a number of specialty materials designed to meet the strenuous needs of wafer production.

  • Ultra-high purity chemical resistant materials for Dry Process
  • Flame and chemical resistant materials with excellent appearance for Wet Process
  • Wear resistant materials for CMP
  • Long-life Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) materials
  • Dimensionally stable materials for Assembly, Package, and Back-End Test.
  • Test Socket Materials, IC Test Sockets, Burn In Test Sockets, Fine Pitch Sockets, Socket Materials, Back End Test, IC Packaging, Change Kits, Nests, Contactors, Automatic Test Equipment (ATE), ESD Sockets, MDS 100, GC 100

Socket
Problem
Manufacturers of equipment that test completed IC's had problems with dimensional changes of the sockets they used
Solution
Duratron® T4203 PAI and Duratron® T5530 PAI sockets and nests replaced expensive Vespel® PI parts and handle the broad temperature range present during testing.
Benefits
Benefits: The better dimensional stability at temperature helped to increase the reliability of the testing equipment and extend part life.
Insulator
Problem
Costly, brittle ceramics were constantly being broken during installation of these microwave communication insulators.
Solution
Durable Duratron U1000 PEI was easily machined into the parts required.
Benefits
Duratron U1000 PEI has drastically greater impact resistance then the original ceramic - Duratron PEI materials have excellent dielectric properties.
Vacuum Cup
Problem
Engineers were looking for a more cost-effective solution for an extremely high temperature glass handling application.
Solution
PBI outperformed prior materials and reduced the component cost.
Benefits
PBI is more wear resistant than polyimides. PBI cups reduced product breakage compared to the ceramics tested. PBI was more cost effective than pressed carbon or polyimide materials.
Water Comb
Problem
Delicate complete and in-process wafers were destroyed by exposure to ESD charges.
Solution
ESD POM-C, a static dissipative POM was able to replace the unfilled nylon and acetal grades that couldn't handle the static present in the manufacturing environment.
Benefits
Economical ESD POM-C safely bleeds away static created during handling while offering the wear resistance of unfilled PA and POM materials.
Socket
Problem
Designers require stronger materials that handle the physical demands of testing and allow for finer detailing than ceramic filled PEEK provides.
Solution
Semitron MP 370 uses a modified PEEK base resin for heat resistance allowing it to machine clean and fine features, while improving strength to resist breakage.
Benefits
Semitron MP 370 provides excellent machinability and superior dimensional stability, all while maintaining tight tolerances combined with very low moisture absorption.
CMP Retaining Ring
Problem
Manufacturers of semiconductors needed a material that could maintain critical dimensions and withstand a broad array of aggressive chemicals in an application where developed wafers were being polished.
Solution
Techtron? PPS replaced coated metals, acetal, polyester and range of other materials that could deliver the package of benefits that Techtron offers.
Benefits
Excellent chemical resistance, superior dimensional stability and ease of machining has made Techtron? PPS the premier material for CMP consumables.
Wafer Handling Tool
Problem
Although inexpensive, nylon and acetal semiconductor wafer handling tools were failing due to exposure to aggressive chemicals and high temperatures.
Solution
Ketron? 1000 PEEK could easily withstand the temperature and chemical exposure and allowed the manufacturer to standardize their product line.
Benefits
The good chemical resistance of PEEK, particularly at elevated temperatures was well suited for this application where limited wear takes place.

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