Beneq introduces new industrial equipment for fast large-area spatial ALD.

Fast large-area spatial ALD is here!

Beneq introduces the next revolution in industrial ALD

Atomic layer deposition, ALD, is an exciting technology for anybody looking for extremely thin pinhole-free and totally conformal coatings. It is already in use with great results in a variety of applications from photovoltaics to flexible electronics and from anti-tarnish treatment of jewelry to LED efficiency improvements.

Sometimes, however, the batch production that has been typical in ALD manufacturing comes with size and capacity limitations.

In batch ALD (sometimes also called temporal ALD, or conventional ALD, if you will) the coating is applied on stationary items in a chamber with sequential pulses that are separated in time. After each pulse, the chamber needs to be emptied before the next material pulse can be introduced to the target surfaces. It is like airplanes landing on an airport with specific time slots, after which the runway has to be cleared before the next aircraft can use it.

Redefining high speed in atomic layer deposition

Unlike temporal ALD, in spatial ALD the precursor gasses are separated in space. With careful management of gas flow and by applying relative movement between the substrate and spatially separated gasses, it is possible to apply the coating continuously on moving substrates at high speeds.

Beneq has already pioneered continuous ALD processes with the introduction of roll to roll ALD. Our R2R ALD equipment has proven the benefits of continuous ALD on flexible surfaces. The natural next step for us is to apply our knowledge of spatial ALD to moving sheet substrates.

The result is a revolutionary spatial ALD solution that takes the whole concept of continuous ALD to the next level, with processing scale and throughputs that have not been possible before. The ALD process now is like an automated car-wash, where the substrates move on a production line and each phase of the treatment is applied on the move. Based on the first results, it looks like we will completely redefine what high speed in ALD manufacturing means.

And it is not just small wafers…

For applications where batch production is not suitable, the novel way of applying ALD coating comes with many major benefits while maintaining the quality that is characteristic to ALD:

-      Lower cost of ownership

-      Excellent process scalability

-      Unforeseen process flexibility

-      Totally new ALD applications.

And what makes all this even better, we are not only making ALD faster again, we are making it big! With the new spatial ALD equipment we are now piloting, the unit for throughput per minute is m2 instead of mm2 like it used to be. We are really excited about this.

We will be sharing more information about the pilot runs with our new spatial ALD equipment later in this blog. Stay tuned for more details.

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Application examples

  • Ultimate moisture barriers for OLED micro-displays from Beneq
  • Lumineq EL40S electroluminescent display by Beneq
  • Transparent electrode for displays by Beneq ALD
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  • Beneq FBR ALD reactor for moisture barriers of phospor powder
  • Beneq ALD coatings offer protection against corrosion in LED packaging.
  • Beneq aerosol thin film equipment is ideal for AR coatings on solar glass.
  • Beneq ALD provides metal-like coatings for watch parts and fine mechanics.
  • Beneq ALD coatings for wafer-level moisture protection
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  • Beneq ALD coatings boost the performance of diffractive gratings
  • Beneq provides ALD coatings to protect electronics components from corrosion
  • ALD coatings provide interface layers between materials in CIGS panels.
  • Beneq ALD coatings increase the lifetime of Li-Ion batteries
  • ALD is ideal for optical filters on complex surfaces.
  • Beneq ALD optical coatings increase the lifetime of high power lasers
  • ALD-based conformal moisture barrier coatings for microchannel plates from Beneq.
  • OLED lighting encapsulation with Beneq TFS 600. Fully automated and vacuum-line integrated. For industrial OLED encapsulation.
  • X-ray imaging scintillator plate encapsulation with Beneq Coating Services and Beneq P800 batch coating products