ClassOne Technology, global supplier of wet processing equipment for â‰¤200mm semiconductor manufacturing, announced the sale of three more tools to the Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut fÃ¼r HÃ¶chstfrequenztechnikÂ (FBH) in Berlin, Germany. In recent weeks, FBH ordered ClassOneâ€™s high-performance 8-chamber SolsticeÂ® electroplating system. Now FBH is ordering three additional wet processing tools from ClassOne, including a refurbished SemitoolÂ®Spray Solvent Tool (SST), a Semitool Spray Acid Tool (SAT) and a Trident Spin Rinse Dryer (SRD). FBH is one of the worldâ€™s leading research institutes and a producer of III-V compound semiconductors, known for prototyping advanced microwave and optoelectronic devices for communications, energy, health, mobility, and more.
“Weâ€™ve put our trust in ClassOne for our entire wet processing line,” said Olaf KrÃ¼ger, Head of FBHâ€™s Process Technology Department. “They understand the special requirements of compound semiconductor manufacturers like us. ClassOne provides state-of-the-art automated processing tools for 100mm and smaller wafers that allow for high process reproducibility during R&D of novel compound semiconductor devices and ensure compatibility to industrial standards. Plus, theyâ€™ve put together a support operation right here in Europe to provide us with everything we need.”
“We see these follow-on orders from FBH as a real vote of confidence, and one that we value highly,” said ClassOneâ€™s CEO Byron Exarcos. “Europe is an important market for us. Which is why weâ€™ve invested heavily to build a world-class customer support structure here, including a strong, experienced process engineering team and a seasoned field service and support group thatâ€™s able to cover everything our customers might need, up to and including an extensive inventory of spare parts. So, itâ€™s extremely gratifying to see our European customers really recognizing and making use of our local capabilities.”
“The investment is also paying off in terms of the market share gains weâ€™re seeing,” said Roland Seitz, Director of ClassOneâ€™s European Operations. “European customers continue to tell me ClassOne has moved into leading-supplier position for plating and wet processing equipment for 200mm wafers and below. Itâ€™s been the result of high-performance equipment combined with strong customer support and affordable prices. Going forward, the European sales of Solstice plating systems and associated tools are growing at a very rapid pace.”