Axus Technology Receives Orders for Innovative Capstone® CMP System from World’s Top SiC Device Makers - AxusTech

Axus Technology Receives Orders for Innovative Capstone® CMP System from World’s Top SiC Device Makers

Jul 8, 2024 | News

Orders Comprise Multiple System Configurations and Applications, Underscoring Capstone’s Flexibility and Axus’s Expertise in Single-Wafer SiC Processing

CHANDLER, Ariz., July 8, 2024 – Axus Technology, a leading global provider of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) equipment, critical for semiconductor and compound semiconductor fabrication, today announced strong sales momentum for its innovative Capstone® CS200 Series – the industry’s latest CMP processing tool. In recent months, the company has received orders from silicon carbide (SiC) semiconductor makers based in Europe, Asia and North America.

Underscoring the platform’s flexibility and breadth of capabilities, the Capstone orders include R&D/engineering and production-ready tools, with the latter configured for volume production of both 150mm and 200mm wafers. Built using state-of-the-art, flexible technology, Capstone is the first new 150/200mm CMP platform brought to market in more than three decades and the first that can process two different wafer sizes simultaneously, enabling the tool to deliver industry-high throughput and yields.

Ongoing innovation drives advancements

Since introducing the Capstone platform in 2020, Axus Technology has continuously built on its offerings, introducing new, SiC-optimized wafer carriers and achieving notable processing milestones along the way. The Capstone CS200-ia, the latest configuration of the Capstone family, integrates the company’s Aquarius™ wafer cleaning system to enable advanced CMP and post-CMP cleaning in a single system.

“Many of our customers represent the top tier of SiC device and/or wafer manufacturers worldwide,” explained Catherine Bullock, Axus Technology’s director of process technology.  “These customers have conducted extensive process and equipment testing to thoroughly characterize and compare various solutions for advanced SiC CMP. I’m proud to say that all of them selected Capstone as their preferred platform. This is particularly relevant given the significant challenges and differentiation associated with CMP for SiC as compared to more mature CMP applications.”

Capstone delivers unique differentiators

Capstone® offers several novel and differentiating competitive advantages that are driving its growth in SiC CMP, including:

  • Flexible architecture that can process up to four wafers simultaneously and provides both the highest throughput and the smallest footprint, minimizing overall cost of ownership (CoO);
  • Fully integrated, advanced post-CMP cleaning, which enables single-pass processing for both polish and clean, eliminating the need for additional post-process wafer handling, downstream process steps, and fab equipment;
  • Inventive process temperature control technology that enables higher pressure/
    velocity process conditions – delivering higher removal rates, higher throughput, and lower cost of consumables to substantially improve overall CoO; and
  • Considerable reduction in energy and resource consumption, lowering operating and facilities costs while improving environmental sustainability.

“This is an exciting time in our industry,” said Axus Technology CEO Dan Trojan. “Silicon carbide is growing at a rapid pace – much faster than CMOS – fueled by demand for power electronics applications such as AI data centers, renewable energy and EVs. With our SiC engineering brain trust, proven product portfolio in CMP and related technologies, and growing base of leading suppliers and SiC customers – evidenced by this recent order influx – Axus Technology is well positioned to become the industry leader in CMP for compound semiconductors.”

Axus is consulting with developers of SiC and other compound semiconductor devices to help them determine their optimal path for scaling from 150mm to 200mm production. With its recent infusion of capital funding, the company is stepping up its focus on scaling to HVM, enabling the company and its customers to collaborate on go-forward strategies.

About Axus Technology

Led by its state-of-the-art Capstone® CMP and Aquariuswafer-cleaning platforms, Axus Technology is a recognized industry leader in designing and building modern, flexible next-generation equipment and providing custom process-development services. Axus enables companies of all sizes, from startups to high-volume manufacturers, to test, develop, and implement leading-edge solutions—particularly for novel and emerging materials—process integration schemes, products and applications. Axus’s equipment solutions range from low cost-of-ownership entry-level tools to state-of-the-art high-volume manufacturing systems. Process testing, development, optimization, and scaling are supported by our process applications lab and foundry, which includes a full array of process equipment and supporting metrology, and is staffed by the industry’s most experienced CMP team. For more information, please visit www.axustech.com