Veeco's New Apex Gas Mixing System Improves Process Control and Reduces Gas Consumables Costs for Semiconductor Manufacturers

May 12, 2014

PLAINVIEW, NY- May 12, 2014 - Veeco Instruments Inc. today introduced the Apex™ Gas Mixing System for point-of-use gas mixing.  The Apex system generates precise binary gas mixtures on a single platform for use in semiconductor applications at 20nm and below. 

The Apex Gas Mixing System improves concentration control versus existing methods, providing tighter process management, increased tool uptime and reduced manufacturing costs.  It is optimized for advanced silicon epitaxy applications and other processes requiring low concentration, high precision and cost sensitive gas mixtures. 

“Our new Apex Gas Mixing System addresses key challenges that face semiconductor manufacturers at the 20nm node and below,” said Christopher Morath, Senior Director, Veeco Flow Technologies Group. “For example, the Apex system provides precise control of germane and diborane flux for doped silicon germanium films that have a critical impact on device performance with tight process control limits. Consequently, the Apex system allows manufacturers to improve real-time process control by up to a factor of ten as compared to mixed gas cylinders.  This will enable users to increase both yield and throughput.”

The Apex system, powered by Veeco’s production-proven Piezocon® Gas Concentration Sensor, reduces production costs by allowing manufacturers to purchase lower-cost, higher-concentration gases, then dilute them at the point of use to immediately cut gas purchase costs by as much as 60 percent. The Piezocon Gas Concentration Sensor total installed base is over 3,000 sensors worldwide, in both silicon semiconductor and MOCVD applications.

By using the Piezocon Gas Concentration Sensor to measure and control the mixture in real time, manufacturers eliminate the problems associated with constant flow mixers requiring wasted materials and constant scrubbing, adding to the already substantial cost savings. Using the Apex Gas Mixing System provides stable output and precise control of gas concentration, resulting in higher process tool up-time and eliminating the need to re-qualify after every gas cylinder change. These improvements reduce – and in some cases eliminate – system down-time due to routine cylinder changes. These features allow the Apex system to drive real-time control, high precision and reproducibility and lower cost of ownership for semiconductor manufacturers. 

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About Veeco 
Veeco’s process equipment solutions enable the manufacture of LEDs, flexible OLEDs, solar cells, power electronics, hard drives, MEMS and wireless chips.  We are the market leader in LED, MBE, Ion Beam and other advanced thin film process technologies.  Our high performance systems drive innovation in energy efficiency, consumer electronics and network storage and allow our customers to maximize productivity and achieve lower cost of ownership.  For information on our company, products and worldwide service and support, please visit The Veeco logo, Veeco, and APEX are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Veeco Instruments Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

To the extent that this news release discusses expectations or otherwise makes statements about the future, such statements are forward-looking and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. These factors include the risks discussed in the Business Description and Management's Discussion and Analysis sections of Veeco's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and in our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and press releases. Veeco does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances after the date of such statements.

Source: Veeco Instruments Inc.

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