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Trumpf Chooses ClassOne Solstice system

System allows precise and consistent control of stress within deposited films

Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOneTechnology has announced the sale of its Solstice S8 plating system to semiconductor laser manufacturer, Trumpf Photonics. The new Solstice S8 will be installed at the Trumpf facility in Cranbury, New Jersey, where it will be used for high-precision gold plating and metal lift-off. 

 "For these particular Trumpf applications, process uniformity was extremely important, and fortunately the Solstice is very strong in that department," said Kevin Witt, ClassOne's chief technology officer. "The unique elegance of the Solstice system design allows users to control processes very precisely and consistently. In this case, we needed to be able to control the stress within the deposited films, and we were able to demonstrate that quite effectively."

 "We were also able to prove ClassOne's expertise and support by helping Trumpf develop their target processes," said Win Carpenter, ClassOne's VP of global sales. "Our process engineers showed that they really understood what Trumpf was shooting for - and how to achieve it. Customers appreciate that we are very transparent with them as we work toward their process objectives. Of course, the high performance-to-price ratio of the Solstice helped make this an even easier purchase decision."

The Solstice S8 is a fully-automated eight-chamber electroplating tool specifically designed for ≤200mm substrates, either transparent or opaque.  It can perform a range of electroplating and related processes (high pressure metal lift-off, resist strip, etch and so on) using various metals and alloys. The product family also includes the Solstice LT for process development and the four-chamber Solstice S4 for mid-range production. 

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