SOURCE: Facilities 450mm Consortium

Facilities 450mm Consortium

August 06, 2014 10:00 ET

Pfeiffer Vacuum Joins the Facilities 450mm Consortium as the Group Grows to a Dozen Member Companies

Expertise in Airborne Molecular Contamination and Other Pump Solutions Brings Sustainability Advantages

ALBANY, NY--(Marketwired - Aug 6, 2014) - The Facilities 450mm Consortium (F450C), a partnership of leading nanoelectronics facility companies guiding the effort to design and build the next-generation 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities, today announced it has again increased in size, naming Pfeiffer Vacuum as the twelfth member company to join the consortium.

"Two of the main objectives of the F450C include improved Airborne Molecular Contamination (AMC) detection and response and increased green mode systems usage," stated Adrian Maynes, F450C program manager. "Bringing Pfeiffer Vacuum on board adds valuable expertise to help us address the goals of our key focus groups."

Pfeiffer Vacuum's advanced AMC solutions have already been tested and are ready for implementation into the next technology node. The company's expertise regarding the contaminants associated with pod systems and their direct environments will help ensure high quality and increased yield in the production of the larger and more advanced 450mm wafer. In addition, Pfeiffer Vacuum's high-efficiency pumps have been designed and engineered specifically for the 450mm infrastructure -- complete with advanced leak detection -- further enabling the environmental sustainability of 450mm facilities.

"All of our vacuum pumps, systems and leak detectors are developed with sustainability in mind," said Oliver Mayfarth, market manager semiconductor at Pfeiffer Vacuum. "We are excited to be aligned with the F450C to ensure that 450mm technology leaves little footprint and is developed in the most cost-effective manner."

About F450C
The Facilities 450mm Consortium (F450C) is a first-of-its-kind partnership at SUNY's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) that is leading the global effort to design and build next-generation 450mm computer chip fabrication facilities. The collaboration includes 12 of the world's leading nanoelectronics facility companies, including Air Liquide, Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems, CH2M HILL, CS Clean Systems, Ceres Technologies, Edwards, Haws Corporation, Mega Fluid Systems, M+W Group, Ovivo, Pfeiffer Vacuum, and Swagelok. Members of F450C are working closely with the Global 450mm Consortium (G450C), to identify viable solutions required for 450mm high-volume facility construction, with initial focus areas to include reducing tool installation cost and duration and improving facility sustainability. www.f450c.org

About Pfeiffer Vacuum
Pfeiffer Vacuum is one of the world's leading providers of vacuum solutions. In addition to a full range of hybrid and magnetically levitated turbopumps, the product portfolio comprises backing pumps, measurement and analysis devices, components as well as vacuum chambers and systems. Ever since the invention of the turbopump by Pfeiffer Vacuum, the company has stood for innovative solutions and high-tech products that are used in the Analytics, Industry, Research & Development, Coating and Semiconductor markets. Founded in 1890, Pfeiffer Vacuum is active throughout the world today. The company employs a workforce of some 2,200 people and has more than 20 subsidiaries.
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