Semiconductors, also known as microchips, power the modern world. Everything from smartphones to medical devices depends on semiconductors, and the semiconductor industry continues to grow.

Companies that manufacture semiconductors must use materials that are strong, lightweight, have high dielectric strength, and are corrosion-resistant. That’s where thermoset composites come into play. Atlas Fibre has a large inventory of thermoset composite materials that are ideal for use in the production of semiconductors.

Benefits of Composite Semiconductor Materials

The materials used to produce semiconductors must withstand the shaping and cutting process and resist corrosion due to chemical or moisture exposure. As manufacturing processes become more complex and as feature sizes become smaller, materials used must rise to the challenge of enabling the next generation of semiconductors.

Composite materials offer semiconductor manufacturers multiple benefits, including:

  • Strength: Thermoset composites are strong, meaning they can withstand the force and pressure a semiconductor experiences during the shaping process. The material’s strength also makes it ideal for use in high-end applications.
  • Weight: Today’s devices need to be energy-efficient and compact. No one wants a bulky smartphone or laptop that burns through battery life. The light weight of thermoset composites makes them suitable for use in semiconductors.
  • High Vacuum Resistance
  • Corrosion resistant: Semiconductors must be made from a material that resists corrosion — degradation due to exposure to oxygen or other chemicals. Thermoset composites are corrosion-resistant, making them ideal semiconductor materials.
  • Durability: A thermoset composite’s strength and corrosion resistance enhances its durability. This property makes semiconductor components more likely to survive long-term.
  • Flexibility: Multiple options are available for semiconductor manufacturers. Thermoset materials include phenolic or epoxy resin, which can be pressed into sheets or formed into other shapes based on your needs.

Uses of Semiconductor Composites

Composites have several uses in semiconductor manufacturing:

  • Glass-filled thermoset plastics: Lightweight and strong, glass-filled thermoset plastics are commonly used to produce chemical-mechanical-polishing pads. The process involves polishing semiconductor wafers to create a smooth, flat, defect-free surface.
  • Thermoset composites as insulators: Thermoset composites are often used in process chambers to provide vibration impending and insulation. They are used in process chambers, load-lock chambers, vacuum pumps and heat exchangers.
  • Thermoset composites as filters: Other uses of thermoset composites in semiconductor manufacturing include end-of-line filters to trap particulates and reduce contamination in water-wash systems and wafer-handling equipment.

Thermoset Composite Materials for Semiconductors

Atlas Fibre is the country’s leading supplier of thermoset composite materials for the semiconductor industry. We have the largest selection of in-stock materials in the United States.

In Illinois, our 120,000-square-foot warehouse contains over $8 million worth of inventory. We also have partner facilities in Hyderabad, India, and Massachusetts, which have $4 million worth of raw materials.

With machine-ready precision blanks, we fabricate parts to your custom specifications. We also act as a resource center and will help you choose the right materials based on your manufacturing needs.

Contact Atlas Fibre for a Quote Today

Semiconductor manufacturers depend on thermoset plastic composites for their strength, chemical resistance, and reduced weight. Atlas Fibre will partner with you to help you choose and produce the right materials. Contact us for a quote today and to learn more about your options for thermoset composite materials.

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