Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2006
Issue 9


Your Market Analysis

Cleanroom device uses and markets

Cleanroom devices are mostly thought of as modular laminar-flow systems, also called benches.

Setting The Standard

IEST-RP-CC021.2: Testing HEPA and ULPA Filter Media

The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) has published an updated recommended practice (RP): IEST-RP-CC021.

Inventorrsquos Corner

Dual-type air purification system

In semiconductor fabrication manufacturing, minimization of particle contamination on semiconductor wafers is getting increasingly important as the integrated circuit (IC) devices on the wafers decrease in size.

From The Editor

Staying on point

The response to my editorial in the June issue, “Immediate action required for CSPs,” touched off much more of a response than I expected, but certainly not more than the issue deserves.

Letters To The Editor

Letters to the editor

I just wanted to give you some feedback regarding your editorial on CSPs. It seems as though you have not done much research regarding the subject.



Contamination control and the next node

Smaller than today’s 65-nanometer state-of-the-art manufacturing, the 45 nm semiconductor processing node looms just a few years ahead.


ISO releases new international standard

The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) recently announced that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published ISO 14644-8, Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments - Part 8: Classification of airborne molecular contamination.


President of Mexico visits new plastics plant

GW Plastics (Bethel, Vt.;, a high-precision injection molding provider, recently hosted Mexico President Vincente Fox.


FDA nano task force to examine regulatory approaches

According to a recent announcement by Andrew C. von Eschenbach, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, the FDA will establish a new nanotechnology task force to examine the agency’s regulatory approaches with regard to nanomaterials used in FDA-regulated products.



News snippets from the world of contamination control


New line of controlled environment apparel launched

DuPont Personal Protection recently introduced its new line of apparel for controlled environments.



Fire-safe fabs

It’s been 10 years since Factory Mutual, or FM Global as they are now known, substantially revised and reissued their loss prevention guideline for semiconductor manufacturing fabrication facilities.


Ultrapure water production: The inside story

As both the quality and quantity requirements for contaminant-free water increase, the demands for innovative technologies and improved system designs are creating challenges and opportunities for the multitude of industries that require ultrapure water.

Special Report

Zero tolerance for ESD

Ionizers, remote sensors, monitoring, and material choices all contribute to control


New Products

new products

Each month, CleanRooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

Product Spotlight

Vacuum systems

From pumps to complete central vac systems, vacuum technology is an important element in cleanroom or clean-processing applications. This month’s spotlight features the latest vacuum accessories, tools and systems for your contamination-sensitive operations.