Ultimate protection on all levels

ALD moisture barriers for wafers, chips, packages and PCBA's

Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is an unmatchable moisture barrier and encapsulation solution for electronics and semiconductor components. The ultra-thin ALD moisture protection can be applied in different phases of the production process: wafer-level, chip-level, package or module-level, and/or Assembled Printed Circuit Board (PCBA) level.

Different applications, different needs

The requirements for moisture barrier always depend on the application. Food packaging requires much less protection than electronics and semiconductor components. However, even within those applications there are big differences: a circuit board, for example, requires less protection than an OLED display.

To answer the question when to apply ALD moisture protection, we need to look at the application and the requirements of the application in question. Depending on the product and the production process, ALD moisture protection can be applied in one or several stages of the production. Each product is unique, and the customer is always the expert of their own product, which is why the decision of when to use ALD moisture barrier is always made together with the customer based on their needs and requirements.

Solutions for all moisture protection requirements

So, what are the benefits of using an ALD moisture barrier in different phases? Let’s look at the wafer-level as an example. Wafer-level ALD solutions offer an easy and fast way of creating an ALD barrier, which can be applied automatically with cluster tools. The latest wafer ALD equipment provide high throughput, low operating cost and competitive up-time. Wafer-level ALD moisture barrier solutions can be used for example in LED industry to extend the lifetime of a LED chip.

Wafer-level is cost-effective and often provides sufficient protection against moisture. That being said, with critical components and ultra-sensitive electronics, it makes sense to apply multiple ALD coatings in several phases of the production process to ensure impeccable protection against moisture. For example, unlike wafer-level moisture protection, chip-level also protects the side-walls of the chip against moisture.

It’s also important to take into consideration that with some applications maintenance costs can be extremely high and repair difficult to perform. With applications like these, ALD coating applied in several phases, or in the later phases of the production, pays itself back during the lifetime of the application – even if the initial costs are higher than only using the wafer-level protection.

Beneq has been researching and producing ALD-based moisture barrier solutions for years providing solutions to leading manufacturing companies in MEMS, power semiconductors, RF, LED, and III-V semiconductors. We meet the varying needs and requirements of these customers by offering ALD equipment solutions for all production stages from wafer-level to PCBs.  

Download the new Beneq ALD whitepaper

Read more about ultimate moisture protection and the benefits of atomic layer deposition from our new whitepaper:

Extending product lifetime with ALD moisture barrier.

 

You can also read more about ALD moisture protection and encapsulation in our previous blog posts:

3 ALD moisture barrier cases

Minimize circuit board maintenance

A billion times better a moisture barrier

Also check out our recent webinar about

High throughput wafer processing ALD solutions.

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Application examples

  • Chip-level ALD moisture barrier for components on tape
  • ALD anti-corrosion coating for semiconductor equipment parts
  • ALD gate dielectric for GaN power devices
  • ALD gate insulator for displays
  • Ultimate moisture barriers for OLED micro-displays from Beneq
  • Lumineq EL40S electroluminescent display by Beneq
  • Transparent electrode for displays by Beneq ALD
  • ALD is the ultimate moisture barrier for PCBs
  • Beneq FBR ALD reactor for moisture barriers of phospor powder
  • Beneq ALD coatings offer protection against corrosion in LED packaging.
  • Beneq ALD provides metal-like coatings for watch parts and fine mechanics.
  • Beneq ALD coatings for wafer-level moisture protection
  • Beneq ALD coatings provide high-quality reflectors for LED
  • 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

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