Posted: October 7, 2008

Entrepix Engages Semi Scenic UK to Expand CMP Service Offerings in European Market

(Nanowerk News) Entrepix, Inc., a leading provider of equipment and services to the mainstream, “More than Moore” and novel device manufacturers, announced that it will use Semi Scenic as its local representative offering sales and service for its CMP FastForward™ portfolio in the UK and Ireland. Entrepix offers a full portfolio of refurbished CMP and metrology equipment combined with foundry CMP and SEZ processing services. This covers a broad range of markets including semiconductor, MEMS, materials development, nanotechnology, research and development, as well as advanced packaging, specifically including advancements in through silicon vias (TSV).
“CMP FastForward is ideally suited for customers in the UK and Ireland since so many are either making advanced novel device structures or producing 'More than Moore' type devices and looking to extend the lives of their fabs,” said Tim Tobin, CEO of Entrepix. “This is a perfect complement to what Semi Scenic already delivers to these markets, both in terms of their products as well as their existing customer and OEM relationships. While Entrepix already has a significant customer base in this region, adding Semi Scenic allows us to offer these customers truly local real-time support, while at the same time actively expanding Entrepix’ presence in these countries.”
CMP FastForward is designed to assist manufacturers with any level of CMP experience by addressing all equipment, process, personnel and production requirements – from customized engineering and process development projects, to capacity expansions and the implementation, qualification and ramp-up of an entirely new CMP line. Entrepix’ CMP and SEZ surface conditioning solutions deliver reduced cost and risk while accelerating time to revenue for semiconductor manufacturers at all technology nodes.
Semi Scenic delivers service, support and refurbishment of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, providing official OEM tool services support for both Lam Research & Varian Implant legacy systems. Semi Scenic has a staff of highly experienced, OEM trained and qualified engineers. All are dedicated to providing a first-class service at competitive prices. Semi Scenic uses its expert knowledge of the industry to find suppliers and partners who complement its low-cost base to force manufacturing costs down and enable survival in a more established semiconductor equipment market.
“The extension that this brings to our portfolio is completely consistent with the strategy of providing customers with solutions to maximize and extend the usefulness of their existing equipment set,” said Don Nicolson, managing director of Semi Scenic. “In addition, there is an opportunity for our customers to benefit from the technological developments that Entrepix offers, and we are very excited about the opportunity of working with such an innovative supplier.”
Entrepix’ comprehensive CMP FastForward equipment, services and foundry offerings are composed of: refurbished equipment, including CMP polishers, post CMP cleaners, thin film and surface metrology, and OEM authorized support and software licensing; equipment services including refurbishment, installation, qualification and warranty; process development and transfer; spare parts, subassembly rebuild and field service; tool upgrades, equipment and process training; and foundry services, including CMP (all wafer sizes, < 200 mm and 300 mm diameter), SEZ (all wafer sizes, < 200 mm and 300 mm diameter), lapping, engineering and technology development, cost reduction studies, integration of new materials, process/performance enhancements, materials benchmarking, and pilot and volume production device outsourcing.
Visit Semi Scenic in booth #440 at SEMICON Europa October 7-9, 2008, to learn more about CMP FastForward and Entrepix.
About Entrepix, Inc.
Entrepix, Inc. is a leading provider of Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) and related process outsourcing and equipment services. The company provides production, engineering and technology development services to IDMs, OEMs, MEMS, nanotechnology and CMP consumables suppliers from its ISO 9001:2000 certified foundry in Tempe, Ariz. Entrepix also supplies CMP and metrology equipment, as well as applications, spare parts and field service to support customers' internal processing requirements. The company's comprehensive processing and equipment capabilities provide customers complete CMP solutions, from initial integration and optimization, through pilot production and high volume manufacturing.
Source: Entrepix (press release)
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