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Revolutionary Integrated Point-of-Use Pump from Alcatel cuts costs, saves energy

Revolutionary Integrated Point-of-Use Pump
from Alcatel cuts costs, saves energy
Alcatel Vacuum Technology of France has launched a revolutionary new dry pump range, the IPUP A100, designed for integration within semi-conductor tools and delivering substantial cost, time and energy savings to users.

The revolutionary dry pump for 300mm semiconductor fab now launched by Alcatel is around 75 percent smaller and uses less than 50 percent of the power than conventional dry pumps with similar pumping speeds. The new 100m3/h point-of-use dry pump, called the IPUP A100, is fully compatible with clean room operation and can replace remote pumps up to 500m3/h, said bertrand Seigeot, from Alcatel Vacuum Technology.

‘The radical new design of the IPUP A100 helps cut our customers’ costs, saves energy and increases up-time,’ said M. Seigeot. ‘The pump’s small size promotes temperature uniformity and eliminates by-product deposition, while the energy savings are created by locating the pump close to the process, eliminating conductance losses. Power consumption is also reduced thanks to the availability
of variable speeds in standby mode.’

The integration of the pump in the tool allows significant benefits for the end-user. Eliminating
vacuum lines creates sizeable costs savings, while reducing energy consumption and footprint; plus,
the elimination of by-product condensation in foreline pipings increases both up-time and yield,’
M.Seigeot added.‘Time savings are another distinct advantage; because there is no longer any need
for tool-to-tool or fab-to-fab variation at installation and you get reduced evacuation time for load-locks.’

The IPUP A100’s low vibration and noise levels, and compliance with high safety standards make it
ideally suitable for clean room use. Two main versions are available: the IPUP A100L, for clean
applications not requiring purge gas, and the IPUP A100P for all process applications requiring
comprehensive monitoring and precise temperature control up to 130°C.

The new IPUP A100 range was developed jointly with Applied Materials. Among the innovations in the
IPUP A100’s creation are:

* Energy savings realized by locating the pump close to the process; variable speed capability in
stand-by mode, and lower average rotational speeds.
* Better temperature uniformity and the elimination of by-product deposition.
* Faster installation and start-up time.
* Better tool to tool process repeatability
* Very low vibration and noise levels
* Reduced footprint

If you want to know more about this product, please go to the section Vacuum systems/product solutions, you will discover the pdf. file of the product flyer

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