RTP and RTA, rapid thermal anealing and processing systems for the semiconductor industry
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RTP and RTA Systems

Lamp heated rapid thermal annealing RLA and rapid thermal processing RTP equipment are using lamp heating in order to ramp up and cool down semiconductor wafers pretty fast. This equipment is therefore mainly used for applications where the substrate needs to be brought to a certain temperature just only for short time. The high ramp rates allow a short overall process time and keep the thermal budget (this is the total time of a wafer, being exposed to high temperature) of the wafer low. Because of the design of the heaters, these RTA and RTP tools are used mainly for single wafer treatment. Wafers have to be treated one by one. This is not as important as for other batch thermal processes, which use vertical furnaces and horizontal furnaces, because the process time is very short anyway. However wafer handling takes a substantial part of process time.
Koyo has long years experience in producing lamp heated RLA and RTP equipment and is one of the market leaders in Asia, even if these products are not yet so well known in Europe as the machines from the other large RTP manufacturers Applied Materials and AST / STEAG / Mattson.

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Lamp heated RTP equipment

There are several types of conventional, lamp heated RTP systems available from Koyo Thermo Systems, one medium size manual system (left picture) RLA1200 series and a fully automatic system (right picture) RLA3100 series, which is from its layout very similar to the no longer built AST 2800 system. Also a new 300mm version has been developed.

rapid thermal anneal system RLA 1000

RLA 3100, similar to AST 2800

RLA 3300

RLA 1200

RLA 3100

RLA 3300

Koyo Thermo Systems RTP furnaces offer a unique lamp arrangement with upper and lower cross lamp arrays. A patented temperature distribution tool provides outstanding and unparalleled temperature uniformity resulting in process repeatability and minimization of slip line propagation.

lamp house A special lamp-house with upper and lower cross lamp arrays, 6-zone control and adjustable power for each zone is used for Koyo Thermo Systemss's RTP systems.
This design ensures excellent temperature homogeneity over the whole wafer.
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  1. Process Chamber
  2. Susceptor
  3. Wafer
  4. Halogen Lamps
  5. Door
  6. Reflector
  7. IR Temperature Sensor
halogen lamp

Inductive Heated RTP equipment

Rapid technology advancement in semiconductor device requires more critical performance, quality, and cost-effective production equipment. In order to fulfill these needs, Koyo's long-year experience and achievement in thermal processing of semiconductors has resulted in collaboration with the Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. MES development of the zone controlled induction heating system to develop a thermal processing equipment with a totally new concept. As the conventional resistance heating furnaces adopt batch process mainly, it is difficult to raise or lower temperature rapidly. Whereas present lamp annealer cannot match resistance heating furnaces in terms of temperature reproducibility and stability, the newly developed equipment has realized about five to ten times faster heat up rate (1.000Cº/min max) than conventional resistance heating furnaces, while maintaining similar temperature reproducibility and stability. The different heater structure prevents slip generation even when the material is heated up rapidly. These capabilities make the equipment adaptable for multiple product lines or 300mm single wafer processing lines of which requirements for energy saving, high throughputs, reduction of thermal budgets, flexible production, and low cost are critical. The equipment is especially suitable for high temperature wet thin film oxidation and annealing of high-k or low-k materials.

Koyo Thermo Systems developed world's first rapid thermal processing equipment with an induction heating system (IH-RTP) in the field of semiconductor manufacturing devices for 300 mm (and 200mm) wafers.

The inductive heating system consists of a controller, a power generator, several induction coils, a reaction chamber, a susceptor and a substrate and of course automation.

inductive heated RTP

(1) Rapid thermal processing (max. 1.000 Cº/min)
Single wafer processing hot-wall equipment that adopts the zone control induction heating system

(2) Suitable for production lines, handling a variety of items in small quantities
The equipment is suitable for a flexible production line owing to excellent rapid thermal processing characteristics so that it can save time and provide efficient production.

(3) Excellent temperature uniformity and reproducibility
The equipment has realized temperature uniformity and reproducibility like a batch-type furnace. (1.000 Cº +/-1Cº)

(4) Slip free process
Original wafer support and uniform radiation heating can prevent slip generation.

(5) Energy saving of 30% has been realized.

(6) The equipment can be used for various processes, e.g.:

Koyo Thermo Systems and Crystec will be pleased to engineer a cost effective system to satisfy your most demanding and exacting requirements.

Crystec Technology Trading GmbH will be pleased to further discuss details with you.
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