Molecular Imprints, Inc. (MII), a technology leader in advanced semiconductor lithography, has announced the delivery of an advanced lithography platform which uses Xaar 1001 inkjet printheads to pattern 450 mm silicon wafer substrates.
Xaar, the world’s leading independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, has worked closely with MII on the application of their Jet and Flash™ Imprint Lithography (J-FIL™) technology. The MII Imprio® 450 tool uses a special version of the Xaar 1001 printhead to print tiny droplets of resist fluid to the precise patterning requirements of the J-FIL™ technology.
The first patterned 450 mm wafers produced using the Imprio® 450 were showcased by Intel Corporation at the SEMI Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) in January. This represents a major step in semiconductor manufacturing and accelerates the industry’s transition to 450 mm wafers by two years or more.
The advanced design of the Xaar 1001 with its patented TF Technology™ recirculates the resist fluid directly past the back of the nozzle, effectively managing temperature, keeping particles in suspension and evacuating any bubbles from inside the printhead. This is ideal for applying functional fluids where high performance, productivity and reliability are essential. This application demonstrates the increasing adoption of inkjet within advanced manufacturing processes and underscores Xaar’s efforts to extend its inkjet technology into new markets.
“While the development period has been extensive, the results are impressive and show that Xaar technology has the potential to deliver ultra precise results within a highly demanding manufacturing application,” says Mark Alexander, Director of Marketing, Xaar.
Xaar is the world’s leading independent supplier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and systems components to commercial printing and industrial manufacturing markets. Xaar’s innovative technology offers OEM customers and licensees commercial advantage through product differentiation, productivity, and faster time-to-market. Additional information about Xaar is available atwww.xaar.com. Follow us on Twitter:@xaarplc
About Molecular Imprints, Inc.
Molecular Imprints, Inc. (MII) is the technology leader for high-resolution, low cost-of-ownership nanopatterning systems and solutions in the semiconductor, display and hard disk drive (HDD) industries. MII enables nanoscale patterning by delivering a comprehensive nanopatterning solution that is affordable, compatible and extendible to sub-10-nanometer resolution levels. For more information or to follow us on Twitter, visitwww.molecularimprints.com