Correctly planned and constructed, cleanrooms have much to offer the semiconductor industry and other microelectronics-related industries.
FREMONT, CA: Microelectronics manufacturing involves handling sensitive materials and, on occasion, dangerous compounds that are handled and stored with extreme caution. Manufacturing equipment is extremely sensitive and produces heat that is to be regulated. A high level of control over the manufacturing environment is necessary for successful applications in microelectronics manufacturing. Temperature, relative humidity, air quality, static electricity, and other environmental conditions can all be controlled in a cleanroom with the implementation of the right technology. They are frequently required to assure quality and consistency in microelectronics production applications.
Semiconductors are used in almost every technology we use today, from cell phones to coffee machines to automobiles. Semiconductors are made and assembled to make the complex microchips required for these devices to function and respond with the speed and accuracy demanded by modern living. As the need for technology grows, semiconductor makers create more while maintaining quality. By restricting particle count and size, temperature changes, relative humidity, and other elements that typically endanger semiconductor production, a highly regulated environment streamlines the manufacturing process and dramatically decreases the risk to safety and productivity.
Silicon wafer manufacturing
Silicon for semiconductors is produced as an ingot with other elements known as dopants and then precisely sliced to make thin wafers needed to manufacture microchips and other semiconductor applications. Silicon wafers are delicate but strong items that are used in semiconductor devices. Because of their capacity to conduct electricity in a controlled manner, they are highly valued in fine electronics. The production of silicon wafers necessitates tremendous caution. Protection from contaminating particles is especially important during the polishing step of the process when chemical slurries are employed to eliminate any flaws on the surface of the silicon wafer.
Solar technology cleanrooms
Solar cells create devices that capture and convert sunlight into electricity. They begin as a thin slice of silicon and other conductors before being employed in a solar panel. As the silicon wafer is honed, great care is taken to ensure that particles do not damage or disrupt the semiconductor's delicate functions. Every procedure step is strictly controlled, as any interfering particles could jeopardize the product.