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Mechatronics Products: New FOUP Load Port Models Launched

  • TDK developed and launched a high-performance FOUP model compatible with next-generation 450 mm wafers and a new model for 300 mm wafers that offers enhanced cost competitiveness.
TAS450 Type A2

TAS450 Type A2
TAS450 Type A2

TAS450 Type A2

July 3, 2012

TDK Corporation developed two new FOUP* load port models (the TAS450 Type A2 and the TAS300 Type J1) for a semiconductor production equipment. Sales of both models will begin in July 2012.

An environment with a high degree of cleanliness is essential for state-of-the-art semiconductor device manufacturing processes, but this requires massive capital investment for large-scale air cleaning and other equipment. To control such capital investment, in recent years, automated transport systems that deliver semiconductor substrates (wafers) to completely sealed pods (FOUP) and shift the wafers between semiconductor production equipment have become the mainstream production method.

Summaries of the two new FOUP load port models that TDK developed and will launch are set forth below.

1. TAS450 Type A2

New model supports next-generation 450 mm wafers and controls particles at the industry’s highest levels.
Main features

This product is the first state-of-the-art transport system for semiconductor production that can accommodate the large-diameter 450 mm silicon wafers that are expected to be a next-generation technology in the semiconductor industry.
Key features of this product are an innovation applied to the opening and closing door that prevents particles from entering the semiconductor production equipment from outside during wafer input and output and prevention of the generation of particles from the load port itself.

2. TAS300 Type J1

New model achieves lighter weight and higher speed in the industry’s highest level and seeks enhanced cost competitiveness.
Main features

This product is a wafer transport system for 300 mm diameter wafers, which are currently used in manufacturing in the semiconductor industry, and was developed to provide higher cost competitiveness. The TAS300 Type J1 is the successor model to the Type H1 series introduced in 2009, and the overall weight of the load port has been reduced by half. In addition, door opening and closing for wafer input and output is approximately 40% faster than the H1 series. Like the TAS450 Type A2, an innovative door is used to prevent the generation and introduction of particles.


Glossary
  • FOUP: A semiconductor wafer delivery pod standardized by SEMI, an industry organization for semiconductor production equipment makers.
Main applications
  • Automated transport of silicon wafers between semiconductor production equipment
About TDK Corporation

TDK Corporation is a leading electronics company based in Tokyo, Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize ferrite, a key material in electronic and magnetic products. TDK's current product line includes passive components, magnetic application products as well as energy devices, flash memory application devices, and others. TDK today focuses on demanding markets in the areas of information and communication technology and consumer, automotive and industrial electronics. The company has a network of design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Asia, Europe, and in North and South America. In fiscal 2012, TDK posted total sales of USD 9.9 billion and employed about 79,000 people worldwide.

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Japan Mr. Yoichi Osuga TDK Corporation
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+813 6778-1055 pr@jp.tdk.com
ASEAN Ms. Tomoko Kameda TDK Singapore (Pte) Ltd.
Singapore
+65 6273 5022 asean.inquiry@sg.tdk.com
Greater China Ms. Clover XU TDK China Co., Ltd.
Shanghai/ China
+86 21 61962307 pr@cn.tdk.com
Europe Mr. Frank Trampnau TDK Electronics Europe GmbH
Duesseldorf/ Germany
+49 211 9077 127 trampnau@eu.tdk.com
America Ms. Sara M. Reynoso TDK Corporation of America
Irving, TX/ USA
+1-972-409-4519 sreynoso@tdktca.com

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