Founded in 1984, Novellus Systems Inc. is a leading supplier of chemical vapor
deposition (CVD), physical vapor deposition (PVD), electrochemical deposition
(ECD), chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), ultraviolet thermal processing
(UVTP), and surface preparation equipment used in the manufacturing of semiconductors.
The company's legacy CVD, PVD, and ECD products are used to deposit extremely
thin films of insulating and conductive materials that are used to create the
wiring on a chip. Other Novellus products are used to clean the surface of the
chip in-between manufacturing steps (surface preparation), to polish the surface
of the device to ensure a flat (planar) surface (CMP), or to post-treat deposited
films in order to improve mechanical properties (UVTP). As circuit geometries
decrease in size, the deposition, surface preparation, CMP, and film treatment
systems manufactured by Novellus become increasingly critical technologies for
manufacturing advanced semiconductor devices.
An ISO 9001/14001 certified company, Novellus is headquartered in San Jose,
CA. The company maintains engineering & manufacturing facilities both San
Jose and Tualatin, Oregon, and has sales and service operations in 16 countries
around the world to support a global customer base.