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Addressing Semiconductor Filtration Challenges | Mott Corp

Comprehensive Guide to Semiconductor Filtration

In the vastly complex world of semiconductor manufacturing, precision and control are paramount. As the industry continues to advance, meeting the escalating demands of Moore’s Law—which posits that the number of components on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every 18 months—manufacturers face increasing challenges. Among these, the efficient management of semiconductor filtration represents a critical aspect of maintaining high yields and operational efficiency.

The Critical Role of Particle Filtration in Maximizing Die Yield

The semiconductor fabrication process involves over a thousand meticulous steps to assemble more than 10 billion transistors into functional components. A significant threat to this process is the presence of contaminant particles, which can lead to the loss of dies, each potentially costing over $1 million in revenue annually. As line nodes have shrunk to sub-28-nm, the tolerance for defects has decreased dramatically. Particles as small as 2 nm can now render a die defective, highlighting the crucial need for advanced filtration techniques.

Mott Corporation has been at the forefront of addressing these challenges with their introduction of gas filters capable of removing particles down to 1.5 nm with 99.9999999% efficiency. This level of filtration is achieved through innovative filter designs that incorporate intricate, tortuous pathways, maximizing the surface area for particle capture. The filters are crafted from a variety of materials and alloys, ensuring they can withstand the high pressures and temperatures common in semiconductor processes.

Addressing Moisture Challenges in Gas Handling Systems

Beyond particle filtration, controlling moisture within the gas delivery systems is equally crucial. Moisture can severely damage the integrity of gas handling components and impact the performance of process tools. During the construction phase of semiconductor facilities, ensuring the integrity of welds with ultra-high purity gas is essential to prevent corrosion and subsequent particle contamination.

Mott’s metal filters offer a robust solution to moisture control. Their fiber metal filter media, designed with reduced surface area and density, facilitate rapid moisture recovery, dramatically decreasing dry down times from hours to minutes. This capability not only preserves the structural integrity of the tubing but also enhances operational efficiency by reducing startup times for manufacturing tools.

Advancements in Filter Media and Moisture Recovery

In recent years, Mott has made significant strides in improving the design of their filters to optimize performance in semiconductor applications. Their fiber metal media filters provide consistent performance across units, addressing common issues with part-to-part variation found in other filter types. This consistency is vital in automated manufacturing environments where even minor discrepancies can lead to significant disruptions.

Moreover, Mott’s filters are engineered to handle the challenges of moist environments where dry gases are less accessible. Their use of Hastelloy C-22 in filter construction offers optimal corrosion resistance against aggressive gases, ensuring long-term reliability and safety.

Strategic Partnerships and Innovation in Filtration Design

Mott’s commitment to the semiconductor industry extends beyond product offerings. They actively engage with manufacturers early in the system design phase to tailor solutions that meet specific needs. Their engineers and scientists collaborate closely with clients to ensure that filters perform as expected and help tackle new challenges as they arise.

Their state-of-the-art Customer Innovation Center plays a pivotal role in this process, supporting the development of new products and refining existing solutions. Mott’s use of 3D printing technology in filter design allows for unparalleled customization, creating components that perfectly fit the unique requirements of each application.

Supporting Current and Future Semiconductor Manufacturing Needs

As semiconductor manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of technology, the role of advanced filtration becomes increasingly critical. From maximizing die yields by eliminating microscopic particles to ensuring rapid moisture recovery in gas delivery systems, the challenges are complex but not insurmountable. With companies like Mott leading the way in filtration technology, the industry can look forward to more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective manufacturing processes. The ongoing innovation in semiconductor filtration not only supports current manufacturing needs but also paves the way for future advancements in this ever-evolving field.

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