Semiconductor equipment manufacturer ClassOne Technology has announced a new addition to its popular Solstice family of ≤200mm wafer electroplaters. The fully-automated, cassette-to-cassette Solstice S4 is available with up to 4 chambers and can deliver up to 75wph throughput. In footprint, capacity and cost, the S4 is positioned between the manual-load, development-oriented Solstice LT, with 1 or 2 chambers, and the fully-automated Solstice S8 electroplater with up to 8 chambers.
“Certain users had been asking for a smaller version of our S8,” said Kevin Witt, ClassOne’s Chief Technology Officer. “Others wanted a smaller incremental step up from our LT development tool. The new S4 was a natural answer to both requests. It provides cassette-to-cassette automation but has a 28 percent smaller footprint than the S8. Also, S4 pricing starts at $700k, compared with $1.5M for the S8.”
“It’s about giving customers more options,” said Byron Exarcos, President of ClassOne Technology. “With the new Solstice S4 we’re providing more ways for budget-constrained users to get exactly what they need to improve their processes. For some, the S4 will provide an affordable way to replace wet benches, automate production and gain significant improvements in uniformity, consistency and productivity. For others, the S4 will be a natural replacement for aging Equinox systems.”
All Solstice models share the same advanced-performance chambers, software controls, electronics and processing results — enabling users to move easily from process development on the LT, to mid-volume production on the S4, to high-volume production automation on the S8.
The Solstice S4 was also just named by Solid State Technology magazine and the SEMI organization as one of three finalists in the BEST OF WEST AWARD competition associated with the SEMICON West 2015 Conference.
ClassOne Technology introduced the Solstice family in 2014 to provide high-performance yet cost-efficient electroplating solutions for users of ≤200mm wafers, in MEMS, LEDs, RF, Power, Sensors and other emerging markets. All Solstice systems are priced at less than half of what similarly configured plating systems from the larger manufacturers would cost — which is why Solstice has been described as “Advanced Plating for the Rest of Us.” The tools are designed for a broad spectrum of electroplating processes using many different metals and alloys on opaque or transparent substrates. ClassOne also supports plating customers with process development, deployment and service around the globe.