Electronics & Computers

EVG Unveils Temporary Bonding/Debonding System

July 5, 2012

The platform’s enhanced hardware, software, and process control enable a two-fold increase in throughput to meet productivity and yield requirements of today's 3D IC manufacturers.

ST. FLORIAN, Austria /PRNewswire/ -- EV Group (EVG), a leading supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology, and semiconductor markets, introduced the EVG850TB/DB automated temporary bonding and debonding system, built on the company's new XT Frame platform, which has been optimized to support thin-wafer processing for high-volume 3D IC and through silicon via (TSV) manufacturing. A combination of hardware and software design enhancements enables double the processing throughput over EVG's previous-generation, industry-benchmark platform to up to 40 stacks per hour. The new XT Frame-configured EVG850TB/DB is designed for EV Group's open materials platform approach, which enables the use of a wide range of adhesives from various materials suppliers. This approach provides customers with the most flexible choice of bonding materials supporting ZoneBOND and other technologies and is key to achieving high process throughput, repeatability, and yields for 3D IC manufacturing.

"Temporary bonding and debonding of device wafers to wafer carriers for thin-wafer processing are critical steps to enabling the successful integration and implementation of 3D ICs into high-volume production," stated Dr. Thorsten Matthias, Business Development Director, EV Group. "To this end, advances in wafer bonding are necessary to support the efforts of early 3D IC/TSV adopters as they move ever-closer to attaining this goal. Our new XT Frame-configured EVG850TB/DB builds upon our core expertise to provide production-ready solutions for our customers to facilitate their rapid ramp from development and integration to high-volume manufacturing. It is designed from the ground up to enable the highest productivity and yields in thin-wafer processing."

Built on the company's new XT Frame platform, the EVG850TB/DB is capable of accommodating up to nine process modules, doubling the previous maximum processing capability of EVG's temporary bonding and debonding systems. The new XT Frame design enables highly efficient continuous-mode operation (zero idle time) capability via an ultra-fast handling system, up to four front opening unified pod (FOUP) load ports, and a material buffer in the form of a local FOUP storage system that holds up to 10 additional FOUPs. The platform also features an in-line metrology module option to enable real-time monitoring of the bonding/debonding process, enabling maximum yields and helping to lower production costs for thin-wafer processing. In addition, the EVG850TB/DB has been qualified for all bonding and debonding methods, including low-temperature debonding methods like ZoneBOND technology with Edge Zone Release and Edge Zone Debond modules.

The EVG850TB/DB built on the new XT Frame platform is now available for shipping. EV Group has provided leading-edge temporary bonding and debonding solutions for 15 years and "is the first to provide its high-volume manufacturing customers with a TB/DB solution for around-the-clock operation."

About EVG
EV Group is a world leader in wafer-processing solutions for semiconductor, MEMS, and nanotechnology applications. Through close collaboration with its global customers, the company implements its flexible manufacturing model to develop reliable, high-quality, low-cost-of-ownership systems easily integrated into customers' fab lines. Key products include wafer bonding, lithography/nanoimprint lithography (NIL), and metrology equipment, as well as photoresist coaters, cleaners, and inspection systems.

"In addition to its dominant share of the market for wafer bonders, EVG holds a leading position in NIL and lithography for advanced packaging and MEMS." Along these lines, the company co-founded the EMC-3D consortium in 2006 to create and help drive implementation of a cost-effective TSV process for major ICs and MEMS/sensors. Other target semiconductor-related markets include silicon-on-insulator, compound semiconductor, and silicon-based power-device solutions.

Founded in 1980, EVG is headquartered in St. Florian, Austria, and operates via a global customer support network, with subsidiaries in Tempe, AZ; Albany, NY; Yokohama and Fukuoka, Japan; Seoul, Korea and Chung-Li, Taiwan.

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