PHOENIX, AZ -- Global semiconductor capital equipment manufacturer OEM Group has developed a suite of integrated physical vapor deposition process solutions on the MRC Eclipse system for MEMS, Sensors, and Internet of Things applications. The new processes include the deposition of ceramic materials for gas and chemical sensors, aluminum oxide deposition for surface passivation of reflective materials, and the deposition of complex metal film stacks for liftoff applications. These new PVD processes benefit from and, particularly for liftoff, are enabled by the newly improved wafer temperature control techniques OEM Group has developed for the Eclipse.
Gas and chemical sensing are leading applications in the wave of MEMS devices now reaching commercialization. Professor Chih-Ting Lin, National Taiwan University, in his recent talk at SEMICON Taiwan, highlighted how IoT systems offer a value-up momentum for MEMS technologies and, in particular, how CMOS-MEMS chemical sensors specifically are an important emerging component that will be enriching IoT systems overall.
A Cambridge, UK-based market research firm, forecasts that chemical sensors will grow to become the single largest slice of the wearable sensor pie by the year 2020, with an expected 32% CAGR over the period 2015 – 2025.
And Jérémie Bouchaud, director and senior principal analyst for MEMS and sensors at IHS Inc., has reported that the next killer applications for MEMS chips will be thermal cameras for low-light security photos; micro-speakers; and gas sensors, for applications ranging from breath analysis in health monitoring to air pollution monitors reporting timely data for making quality-of-life decisions on an individual or on a collective basis.
Mark McNicholas, Senior Product Applications Specialist, OEM Group, observes that "The MRC Eclipse has been a mainstay of semiconductor fabs worldwide for over 30 years. With the novel techniques and approaches OEM Group has developed for the Eclipse, innovative new PVD processes applicable to the MEMS, Sensors, and Internet of Things markets are available to customers who also want to avail themselves of the low cost of ownership advantages enabled by the market leading MRC Eclipse.