The Semitron® Semiconductor Grade products were developed to help designers and users optimize the performance of device manufacturing equipment. In addition to device manufacture, many of these materials are ideal for specific environments where wear-resistance, chemical-resistance and the management of static electricity are required.
Two groups of products have been developed. One, well suited for device handling and test applications, and a second for next-generation CMP use.
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Semitron® MP 370 offers more choices in the design and manufacture of precision test sockets for the semiconductor manufacture industry. While maintaining the same excellent moisture absorption and high thermal resistance of PEEK, Semitron® MP 370 provides greater strength and dimensional stability. This custom formulation allows finer and cleaner detail due to it's excellent machinability.
Semitron® MDS 100 has a remarkable combination of strength, stiffness and stability. It was developed to be used in uncontrolled application environments or where a high level of precision is required. It is an ideal choice for semiconductor test sockets, nests and fixtures in test and package equipment.
Semitron® ESd 225 is ideal for fixturing used in the manufacturing of hard disk drives or for handling in-process silicon wafers. It is tan in color.
Wafer combs made of Semitron® ESd 225 eliminate transfer equipment discharge problems that cause millions of dollars in lost wafers every year. (Prior materials: Nylon, Standard Acetal)
Semitron® ESd 410c is ideal for handling integrated circuits through the test handler environment. It is black in color and opaque.
Trays manufactured from Semitron® ESd 410C dissipate static charges reliably and are dimensionally stable. (Prior materials: PPS, PEEK, Vespel® PI)
Semitron® ESd 420V offers dissipative performance of 106 - 109 ohms/sq. over it's full temperature performance range. It is a stiff, high strength material that is not subject to dimensional change as a result of exposure to moisture. Semitron® ESd 420V is a cost effective alternative for applications that do not require the thermal performance of ultra-high performance materials.
This PEEK based static dissipative material provides a dissipative range of 106 - 109 ohms/sq. Semitron® ESd 480 is very dimensionally stable, making it ideal for critical test fixture applications. Its exceptional chemical resistance makes it well suited for use in wafer handling and other structural applications in wet process tools where static dissipation is important. Like all Quadrant Semitron® ESd materials, Semitron ESd480 is not subject to dielectric breakdown. (Refer to Engineering Notes on this page.)
Reinforced with a proprietary synthetic mica, Semitron® ESd 500HR offers an excellent combination of low frictional properties and dimensional stability. Semitron® ESd 500HR should be considered wherever PTFE is used. It is ideal for applications where controlled bleed off of static charges is critical. It is white in color.
Static dissipative inserts machined from Semitron® ESd 500HR plate reduce damage to sensitive devices due to static discharge. (Prior material: Ceramic)
Semitron® ESd 520HR has an industry first combination of electrostatic dissipation (ESd), high strength and heat resistance. This new ESd material is ideal for making nests, sockets and contactors for test equipment and other device handling components. The key features of 520HR are its unique ability to resist dielectric breakdown at high voltages (>100V). The graph below demonstrates the electrical performance of plastic materials commonly used in automated test handlers. Typical carbon fiber enhanced products become irreversibly more conductive when exposed to even moderate voltage.
Only Semitron® ESd 520HR maintains its performance throughout the voltage range, while offering the mechanical performance needed to excel in demanding applications.
|Static Dissipation (Surface Resistivity, ohms/sq.)|
|Semitron® ESd 225||1010 - 1012|
|Semitron® ESd 410C||104 - 106|
|Semitron® ESd 420||106 - 109|
|Semitron® ESd 500HR||1010 - 1012|
|Semitron® ESd 520HR||1010 - 1012|
IC Device Testing Fixtures
A test fixture manufacturer recently began using Semitron ESd 520HR that combines electrostatic dissipation (ESD) and high mechanical strength, to make integrated circuit test heads. The high mechanical strength of Semitron® ESd 520HR results in longer useful life of the test heads and, thus, greater units (tested) per hour.
Semitron ESd 520HR is the first product to reliably meet all physical performance needs for test nests, sockets and contactors, combined with ESd performance. It is both ESd (surface resistivity of 1010 to 1012 ohms/square) and has sufficient resistance to minimize the risk of 'leakage' (cross-talk). Also significant is the ability of Semitron ESd 520HR to retain its surface resistivity at electrical forces greater than 100 volts.
The Semitron® CMP product line was developed to give new tool designers and forward-thinking end users an opportunity to increase the number of devices successfully produced per wafer while decreasing the cost of consumables per device. This is achieved by increasing the service life of the retaining ring.
CMP Optimized PET-P
Semitron® CMP LL5 is one of the next-generation materials developed to significantly increase the performance possible from CMP tools. It is white in color and opaque.
CMP Optimized PAI
Semitron® CMP XL20 is the premium CMP material developed by Quadrant's Research & Development Team. It is charcoal/black in color and opaque.
It is important to know how applied voltage affects the resistance of a material. Some materials exhibit high resistance at low voltages, but when subjected to harsher conditions, they can fall. This is due to dielectric breakdown and is irreversible. This chart illustrates the effect of sequential applications of 100 through 1,000 volts, then a return to 100 volts to determine the hysteresis. Since static electricity can be several thousand volts, consistent performance across the voltage range must be considered.
Some materials are very inconsistent and vary on the "grain" of machining. One pair of lines illustrate the typical variation from side to side (A to B) of the same sample. This example demonstrates the need for consistent behavior in service.
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