Aviza Technology Announces Shipment of Sigma(R) fxP(TM) to Freescale Semiconductor
"Aviza is pleased to be able to continue to support Freescale's manufacturing needs and complement the existing physical vapor deposition (PVD) and etch systems at Toulouse," said Kevin T. Crofton, Vice President and General Manager, PVD/CVD/Etch Business Unit of Aviza Technology, Inc. "This order is the culmination of an intensive project to introduce power-specific deposition technology to Freescale. It further exemplifies our commitment to support customers worldwide with their application-specific manufacturing needs."
“Additionally, we wanted the flexibility to evaluate new materials and to explore new applications without incurring expensive conversion costs. We believe that Aviza's Sigma fxP meets our needs, and we look forward to continuing our mutually rewarding partnership.”
The Sigma fxP is a single-wafer cluster tool designed for high-volume PVD processing. The cluster architecture of the Sigma fxP sputter deposition system offers excellent process control with high throughput. Various process chambers are available for a large variety of specific functions. Deposition process modules are based on a standard design that enables simple technology upgrades and wafer size conversion. Key applications for the Sigma include: back-end markets (i.e., power applications and interconnect) and compound & micro/nanotech (i.e., bulk acoustic wave (BAW) and compound metal applications).
"During our selection process, we looked for systems that matched the performance and reliability requirements of specific Freescale high current products, offered low cost of ownership for providers of automotive power integrated circuit (IC) devices and demonstrated proven support capabilities," said Alain Deram, director Power Technology Development at Freescale Toulouse. "Additionally, we wanted the flexibility to evaluate new materials and to explore new applications without incurring expensive conversion costs. We believe that Aviza's Sigma fxP meets our needs, and we look forward to continuing our mutually rewarding partnership."
IC consumption in automotive uses, including analog, MCUs, DSPs and special-purpose logic devices, is forecasted to grow at a CAGR of approximately 8 percent to reach $18.5 billion by 2010, according to VLSI Research Inc. Growth will be driven by tighter environmental and safety standards and to respond to customer expectations of enhanced performance, comfort and entertainment.
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About Aviza Technology, Inc.
Aviza Technology, Inc. is a supplier of advanced semiconductor equipment and process technologies for the global semiconductor, compound semiconductor, nanotechnology and other related markets. Aviza offers both front-end-of-line (FEOL) and back-end-of-line (BEOL) process applications including products for atomic layer deposition (ALD), diffusion and low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) furnaces, atmospheric pressure CVD (APCVD), CVD, etch and physical vapor deposition (PVD). The company is publicly traded on the NASDAQ National Market (NASDAQ:AVZA). Aviza is headquartered in Scotts Valley, Calif., with manufacturing, R&D, sales and customer support facilities located in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Taiwan, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. Additional information about the company can be found at http://www.avizatechnology.com.
Sigma is a registered trademark of Aviza Technology, Inc. fxP is a trademark of Aviza Technology, Inc.