Strasbaugh (OTC Bulletin
Board: STRB) announced today that a U.S. customer has qualified Strasbaugh's
new nVision II CMP endpoint detection system for production and has placed a
purchase order for the product. nVision II will be used to upgrade their IPEC
"We are pleased the first installation of our new nVision II endpoint
upgrade for IPEC CMP systems has been accepted," said Michael Starman,
Endpoint Product Manager, Strasbaugh. "nVision II should significantly
improve the process performance and control of the IPEC equipment. It should
also enable the customer to reduce set-up time, optimize consumables usage,
and realize better wafer-to-wafer consistency," added Starman.
nVision II monitors optical, motor current, and/or pad temperature signals
to determine a precise endpoint for CMP applications in the Semiconductor, Data
Storage, and MEMS manufacturing markets.
Strasbaugh has 60 years of leadership in design and manufacturing of advanced
surfacing technology for the global semiconductor, silicon, data storage, MEMS,
LED, telecommunications and optics industries. Through close alliances with
premier manufacturers in these markets, Strasbaugh has developed pioneering
technology that has become the standard in polishing and grinding today. With
high-quality grinding tools, state-of-the-art prime wafer polishing and chemical
mechanical planarization (CMP) systems, as well as leading edge process technology,
Strasbaugh has enabled its customers to realize their performance targets and
has built a reputation as a world class manufacturer of innovative, reliable,
high-yield surfacing solutions.