Endpoint Basics

How do you know the precise moment when your deposition or etching process is completed? How can you tell, with accuracy, that you've etched to a necessary depth, removed a layer or even deposited to a required thickness? The answer is simple: you use endpoints. Here's an introduction to endpoint technology; methods, comparisons, and considerations....

How Dry Etching and Deposition Tools Drive the Green Revolution

Driven by concerns over hydrocarbon fuel resources, costs, and environmental impact, energy has moved into the spotlight. New energy sources, and conserving energy, impacts nearly every aspect of our power-dependent lives. ...

How to convert a HDP-CVD system to an ICP-RIE

HDP-CVD — a chemical vapor deposition tool that utilizes an Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) source — is an increasingly popular plasma deposition tool. HDP-CVD (also known as ICP-CVD) is capable of generating higher plasma density, and quality films at lower deposition temperatures than traditional PECVD machines....

How to Gauge the Reputation of Dry Etch Solution Providers

It's not enough to find a consistent supplier for plasma processing technology, particularly etching tools. When dealing with such a big investment, you'll be relying on this provider as a partner to help you navigate and solve problems as they come along. This is why it's necessary to find a dry etch solution provider with a good reputation. However, it's not always easy to gauge the reputation of these and other companies. ...

5 Ways Plasma Processing Technology Changed Medicine

Across countries, cultures, and societies, healthcare is a driving force of prosperity and life. Healthcare funding, advancements, and efficacy have a direct link to the quality of life in modern society. As healthcare advances, lives are saved....

Dry Etching's Role in the Fight Against COVID-19

As the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (i.e., COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc across the globe, industries across the world have dropped their daily workflows and hyper-focused on tackling the pandemic. Fanatics — a sportswear brand — has revamped its facilities to produce masks and gowns for hospitals. Ford, GM, and Tesla have all been producing ventilators for hospitals. Thousands of other companies (e.g., Amazon, Apple, Google, etc.) have donated to coronavirus relief funds....