We’ve talked about how atomic layer deposition (ALD) coating creates a strong, uniform, and pinhole-free barrier that protects even the most complex materials from corrosion and moisture. The same ALD coating method can also be used to coat materials such as fine powders.
It’s a small world, and it’s rapidly getting smaller, especially in emerging technologies. The tiny parts of today's nanotechnology solutions may be just barely visible, but they have mountainous differences in surface structures, with sharp edges, steep slopes, deep trenches and gate oxides concentrated in a single area. These types of complex surfaces with high aspect ratio (HAR) features require incredibly precise processing; you want those steep slopes and deep trenches conformally protected, too.
Beneq ALD coatings bring competitive advantage in many areas. New thin film customer cases about the benefits of ALD and the advantages it brings for our customers’ end products are now available on the Beneq website.
A multitude of universities and industrial research laboratories use Beneq ALD reactors for advanced thin film research. Keep up with the latest research on the Beneq Research World website.
http://beneq.com/en/thin-films/products/atomic-layer-deposition/beneq-t2sBeneq Thin Film Solutions will be at the SEMICON exhibition on March 14-16 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center introducing our latest products for industrial customers who require low cost in high volume manufacturing.
If you are around, come and meet us at our stand (Hall W11, booth #1135).
Beneq specializes in high-capacity and high-throughput ALD solutions. In the past, we have talked about how our new spatial ALD solutions are changing the units for ALD deposition area.
At Beneq, we are constantly trying to find new ways to serve our old, new and potential customers better. This means regularly reviewing all our customer engagement points and collecting feedback about the service we offer, from sales and marketing to research and after sales services.
It is well known in the electronics and display industries that atomic layer deposition is ideally suited for demanding thin film encapsulation applications.
Thanks to the conformal and pinhole-free nature of the ALD process, already very thin (less than 30 nm thick) inorganic layers of Al2O3 have been demonstrated to reach ultra-barrier performance (10-6 g/m2/day) on flexible substrates.
We don’t have ping pong tables, game rooms or exotic company retreats at Beneq so we might not be able to compete with all the hottest start-ups when it comes to benefits. But we do get to participate in extremely interesting customer projects and work with the coolest of new high technology. Our daily work involves flexible electronics, jewelry, advanced engines, night-vision equipment, aerospace parts, supercapacitors and other high technology that only a few people ever see. We also get to work a lot with advanced solar cells.
Our work at Beneq is all about saving the world’s scarce resources and making long-lasting products. We are experts on smart use of materials. Conformal thin films, which are deposited atom layer by atom layer, are the ultimate precision barriers of protection. They make our customers’ products function better and last longer.
Beneq as a company is all about resource savings, durability and more efficient use of energy. We are experts on smart use of materials that make our customers’ products function better.
ALD improves the efficiency of energy production and reduces energy consumption in the world. ALD allows wiser use of precious raw materials, protects products and makes them last longer. ALD also makes electronics and optics more efficient and resilient. That saves energy too.
High film quality and coating conformality are key drivers for the adoption of ALD processes in the energy, lighting and display industries. Large-area industrial ALD has many interesting new application areas: thin film encapsulation, anti-reflection coatings, surface passivation, buffer layers, flexible moisture barrier films, powder functionalization…
According to recent industry news, smartphone market leaders, such as Apple, Samsung and LG, are planning to adopt ALD-based thin film encapsulation solutions for flexible AMOLED displays. Details of the plans have not been confirmed, but this is nevertheless exiting news for the whole ALD community. It shows the potential of atomic layer deposition in addressing consumer product challenges and means a huge leap forward in the addressable market size of ALD.
Electronic components and devices do not tolerate hot and humid conditions. Most people know this and avoid exposing electronics to vapors and liquids.
But we all know that sometimes humid things just happen: phones fall into toilets from shirt pockets, swimming suits are accidentally put in the same bag with a computer, equipment is forgotten outside in the rain...
This is why companies across many industries struggle to provide moisture and corrosion protection for printed circuit boards and electronic components.
A very interesting doctoral dissertation in the field of semiconductor technology will be defended tomorrow in the Department of Micro- and Nanosciences of Aalto university School of Electrical Engineering.
We had a great time in the ALD2016 Conference in Dublin in July and great conversations in the Beneq ALD Boat Bar that became an instant classic. There were so many great presentations in the conference that you simply couldn’t follow all the tracks and certainly could not stop and discuss all the poster presentations in detail.
In case some of you missed the opportunity to check the three Beneq presentations at the event, we are sharing them here at the blog just to make sure.
We have talked about atomic layer deposition in industrial use on many occasions In this blog, but we haven’t yet written stories about the oldest and largest ALD use case of them all.
We are all set for ALD2016, the 16th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition, in Dublin next week. It is time for exciting product news.
During the past months, there has been talk about our new exciting spatial ALD equipment, which will once again make ALD bigger, faster and more flexible. It is now time to go a little bit deeper in the details of the results of our test runs with the equipment. We have now verified the process quality, conformity of coatings and the coating speed. It looks promising!
A growing part of Beneq’s business comes from services. Our complete thin film service concept, Thin as a Service, which we launched last year, has been received well.
One of the reasons for this blog is to explain where atomic layer deposition can be used. The plan is to share as many examples from the industry as we can. Earlier we shared examples of industrial use of ALD in moisture barriers. Now we continue with another typical area of ALD applications: Optical coatings.
We have a lot of visitors at the Beneq factory again this week. Today started a very interesting conference where members and partners of the EU-funded PLIANT project for Process Line Implementation for Applied Surface Nanotechnologies gather at Beneq to share the latest advances in the project.
We have been sharing stories about our spatial ALD equipment in this blog a few times (it is an important and expanding part of our product portfolio). Now there is more to tell again.
One of the main ALD events of the year, the 16th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition, ALD2016 Ireland, is approaching. Beneq is a platinum sponsor at the event and we will have lots of activity at the site and around it.
We now also know that we will have three presentations at the event. Here is a sneak preview of the contents of what we will be presenting:
Development of the world's most transparent display - enabled by ALD
In November last year, we shared the first news about our new spatial ALD equipment that works with moving sheet substrates. We also promised our dear readers more information later about how we would make spatial ALD bigger, faster and more flexible. Now we have been running pilots with different materials for a couple of months, and it is time to keep that promise and share more details.
First, let’s talk about substrate size.
One of the main events in the world of atomic layer deposition this year is the 16th International Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition, which will be held July 24-27 in Dublin, Ireland.
Beneq will participate in ALD 2016 as a platinum sponsor. We are pleased to invite you to visit us in Dublin.
It is a well-known fact that atomic layer deposition provides the ultimate protection against moisture, corrosion and tarnishing.
But did you know that ALD can also protect against dark forces?
Welcome back. Our blog returns after the holiday break with more stories from the home of ALD.
We start the new blog year with partner news: The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) and Beneq have signed a long term collaboration agreement for the use of atomic layer deposition (ALD) technologies.
Saving the world’s resources by miniaturizing and digitalizing everything with new solutions and innovative technologies is at the core of our thinking at Beneq.
Atomic layer deposition is about making the world thinner. It saves material. We also make electronics, optics and for example solar cells more efficient and durable. That saves energy.
Our displays are the most durable in the business. The long life cycles reduce the need for replacement parts. It saves resources too.
Earlier today it was announced that Beneq will get a new President starting January 1st. You can check the facts from the official news release.
This is a big change for Beneq and all of us. Sampo has been the CEO since Beneq was founded ten years ago. As one of the founders and the first and only CEO of Beneq so far Sampo has played a crucial role in what Beneq has become. In many ways, he is the face of Beneq to the outside world.
In a blog post earlier this week, we discussed moisture barriers and explained how atomic layer deposition can be used to protect electronics from humidity.
When we talk about thin film coatings and moisture protection of electronics, there are of course various technology alternatives to ALD. We believe that ALD offers encapsulation properties that are far superior to the competing technologies, but we understand that it is sometimes difficult to grasp the differences between the alternatives.
In a blog post a couple of weeks ago, we mentioned that we are often asked to explain what our ALD equipment can be used for. In this post, we will give a couple of examples more. This time we will talk of an industrial ALD application that is quite common and can take many forms: moisture barriers.
One of the most common questions we get here at Beneq is: What are the Beneq tools used for?
More and more Beneq equipment is used for industrial applications that improve the characteristics of our customers’ end products, but there are also many Beneq tools out there that are used for research of all kinds.
The world is getting thinner. The never-ending quest to miniaturize and digitalize everything while saving our limited resources requires innovative technologies that allow creating ultra-thin reflecting layers, strengthening coatings, nanolaminates and protective barriers in spaces where just a few years ago nobody imagined it would be possible to operate.
Atomic layer deposition, ALD, is such a technology.
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.
When you visit our factory in Espoo and enter the clean room area where we keep our 40 ALD machines, one thing you will notice is the constant ticking sound from the conventional batch ALD equipment. Those are the pulses of precursor gases in the equipment chambers ticking. Tick. Tick. Tick.
Combined with the humming background noise of the ventilation system and the vacuum pumps, it is a rather relaxing sound. It is one of the very characteristics that define the atmosphere of the factory floor.
Encapsulation of OLED microdisplaysBeneq developed a thin-film encapsulation nanolaminate coating for a leading Asian OLED microdisplay manufacturer to enable long lifetime for their microdisplays.
Insulator for thin film electroluminescent displaysAn ALD nanolaminate film was developed for Lumineq displays to create a fully pin-hole free thin film insulator layer.
Top electrode for transparent displayBeneq developed an ALD Transparent Conductive Oxide (TCO) for Lumineq's electroluminescent displays to replace the sputtered IDO that was used in the transparent top electrode.
Moisture protection of PCBsBeneq developed a low-temperature ALD moisture barrier solution for a leading supplier of electronics for personal safety monitoring to protect the sensitive circuit board components from moisture.
Encapsulation of phosphor powderBeneq provided a moisture barrier solution using ALD for FBR (fluidized-bed reactor) for a leading phosphor material manufacturer to protect the sensitive phosphor powders used in LED lighting from moisture.
Anti-corrosion coating for LED packagingBeneq's ALD coating solution solved a leading LED manufacturer's silver reflector corrosion problem by both applying ALD to coat the semi-finished wire-bonded LED assemblies, and by protecting the silver surface with nSilver.
Anti-reflection coating for solar glassBeneq and DSM created a production scale solution using DSM AR coating material and Beneq nFOG aerosol technology for a leading solar glass manufacturer to reduce light reflection on solar panels.
Metal-like coatings for watch partsBeneq developed a thin ALD-based optical coating for a leading watch parts manufacturer to both provide a specific color and to protect from corrosion.
Wafer-level moisture barrier for LEDBeneq provided moisture coating using TFS 200 for a leading LED manufacturer to protect LED dies from moisture and prevent oxidation.
Bottom DBR for LEDBeneq developed a multi-layer DBR structure on a patterned surface for a leading LED manufacturer.
Filling of diffractive gratingsBeneq used ALD coating to fill diffractive gratings for a leading optical system manufacturer to keep the gratings free from debris and boost their optical performance.
Anti-corrosion coating for sensorsThe highly conformal and pin-hole free ALD coating solved a leading sensor manufacturer's sensor corrosion problems without compromising sensor sensitivity.
Buffer layer for CIGS solar panelBeneq developed a thin, cadmium-free ALD buffer for the solar panels of a leading CGIS solar panel manufacturer.
Diffusion barrier for Li-ion batteriesBeneq's ultra-thin ALD coating solved a leading Li-ion battery manufacturer's battery corrosion challenges by reducing the fading of battery capacity caused by repeated charge and unload cycles.
Anti-tarnishing coating for jewelryBeneq helped Kalevala Jewelry in preventing the discoloration of silver surfaces by providing the patented nSilver industrial-scale protection solution for an ultra-thin, totally conformal, and fully transparent anti-tarnish coating.
Optical NIR filter on a glass cylinderBeneq developed a customized batch ALD process for a CCD sensor -based industrial vision systems supplier to coat their near-infrared (NIR) filters.
Optical coatings for lenses in high power lasersBenq developed a conformal high- and low-index multilayer optical coating for a leading provider of high power laser optics and coatings using the TFS 500 batch ALD system.
Coating of Microchannel Plates (MCP)Beneq developed an ALD coating solution for microchannel plates (MCP) for Incom, Inc., the world’s largest supplier of rigid fused fiber optics, to allow for significantly greater secondary electron emission .
Thin-film encapsulation of OLED lightingBeneq developed a conformal, dense, and pinhole-free Al2O3 and TiO2 barrier coating for a leading OLED lighting panel manufacturer to protect OLED panels from humidity.
Thin-film encapsulation of scintillator plates for X-ray imagingBeneq developed a conformal, dense, and pinhole-free low temperature Al2O3 and TiO2 barrier coating for a leading scintillator plate manufacturer to protect scintillator materials from moisture and increase product lifetime and reliability.