July 17, 2007 Lehigh Valley, Pa.
The global electronics industry continues to evolve as semiconductor and thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) manufacturers work to supply consumers with the smaller, faster and more powerful electronics devices they demand. At Air Products (NYSE:APD), we recognize these demands on the electronics industry and that is why the company focuses on what matters most to our customers, namely: value, reliability and innovation. To learn more about Air Products, please visit us at booth 2220 in the South Hall of San Francisco’s Moscone Center July 17-19.
Air Products’ more than thirty years experience as a leading supplier of bulk and specialty gases and chemicals enables the company to work with our customers to reduce their total cost of ownership in producing semiconductors and flat-panel displays. Air Products’ global production sites, synthesis and manufacturing expertise, unparalleled global supply chain and our leading position in equipment and services allow us to provide our customers with a competitive price in an increasingly competitive global environment.
As device manufacturing features continue to miniaturize and become more exacting, reducing variability in material supply is critical. Air Products is able to deliver the most consistent gases and chemicals through our nCtrl™ offering. With nCtrl materials, Air Products will supply products with reduced variation from container-to-container for semiconductor materials by developing specifications based on statistically generated control limits.
Besides production expertise, Air Products is also a leader in the delivery of gases and chemicals to the global electronics industry. As the fabs for both 300mm wafers and TFT-LCDs continue to grow and use more specialty gases, Air Products’ bulk specialty gas system (BSGS) allows the bulk delivery of those gases which not only translates to improved reliability, but also helps further reduce cost of ownership as the bulk deliveries cut downtime and improve safety and productivity at fabs, almost creating a transportable pipeline.
In the 1970s, our nitrogen pipeline helped transform an ordinary apple orchard into Silicon Valley. Today, our pipelines snake through the leading Science Parks in Taiwan, China, and Korea, supplying next generation fabs with the high volumes of nitrogen necessary for semiconductor and TFT-LCD production.
The Electronics and Performance Materials business segment of Air Products accounts for more than half of the entire corporation’s R&D spending. This focus on technology allows Air Products to develop material solutions for our customers that enable them to meet their performance needs.
Air Products’ PDEMS™ material technology is the leading candidate currently being implemented at 45nm by both device and major PECVD equipment manufacturers to meet their need for low k dielectric interconnect material. As PDEMS has seen increased acceptance, the company has been working closely with customers to develop etching, cleaning, and film preparation materials that are compatible with the PDEMS porous dielectric process. With our broad portfolio of leading edge products and our unique short loop integration capabilities we are in the best position to provide complimentary and integrated solutions for our customer’s leading edge processes.
In memory and logic, Air Products has developed a series of high k dielectric materials that combat gate oxide leakage, a major technological hurdle, while meeting customer demand for smaller, faster devices that use considerably less power.
Air Products Electronics is not just focused on new materials, the company also continues to invest in process technology at our manufacturing sites, which can improve yields and also help reduce costs for our customers.
What Matters Most
Air Products continues its journey that began by supplying bulk high purity inert gases and specialty materials to semiconductor customers in the 1970s. As material technology challenges increase, Air Products is finding more opportunities to provide the important technological solutions our customers need. Whether it’s value, reliability or innovation, Air Products is focused on what matters most to its customers.
Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary materially, due to changes in current expectations.
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