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FBH buys ClassOne Solstice S8 tool

Platform will allow FBH to automate a number of III-V plating-related processes on a single tool

ClassOne Technology, a supplier of new wet process tools to the 200mm and below semiconductor industry, has announced the sale of its flagship Solstice S8 wet process tool to the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute (FBH) in Berlin, Germany.

As a leading research institute in the fabrication of III-V compound semiconductors, FBH specialises in prototyping leading-edge microwave and optoelectronic devices for a diverse range of industries, including communications, energy, health, and mobility.

"Solstice is a perfect fit for the III-V compound semiconductor processes that FBH specialises in," explains Olaf Krueger, head of FBH's Process Technology Department. "The exceptional flexibility of the Solstice platform will allow FBH to efficiently automate a number of distinct processes on a single tool. We expect to retain the fine-grained control needed in our research environment with the added production benefits of complete cassette-to-cassette automation."

FBH is the latest example of a growing trend in the compound semiconductor industry - the need for integrated plating-related processes as part of a comprehensive plating solution. ClassOne's eight-chamber Solstice S8 will provide FBH with electroplating and wet processing capabilities for a range of processes. In particular, gold plating will be performed by a pair of ClassOne's class-leading GoldPro chambers, and a new high-pressure spray solvent chamber will process highly-efficient Metal Lift-off. ClassOne has dubbed the wide range of plating-related wet processing capabilities on the Solstice platform as Plating-Plus.

"The configuration flexibility of Plating-Plus and the exceptional quality of our plating chambers are why ClassOne has become the supplier of choice for the compound semiconductor industry," says Roland Seitz, director of ClassOne's European Operations. "Solstice is perfectly suited to the complex processing requirements of compound semiconductors. By placing several related processes on a single tool, FBH will enjoy processing efficiencies and device quality that simply cannot be achieved by any other supplier."

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