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14 October 2008


Aviza ships PVD systems to top-3 GaAs RF device maker

Aviza Technology Inc of Scotts Valley, CA, USA says that it has shipped multiple Sigma fxP PVD systems to one of the top three manufacturers of gallium arsenide devices, for fabricating ICs used in RF wireless and broadband applications.

Aviza supplies equipment and technology expertise for physical vapor deposition (PVD), etch and chemical vapor deposition (CVD) processing to support III-V/compound semiconductor applications (as well as advanced silicon for memory devices, 3D packaging and power ICs for communications). The firm says that its systems are installed in eight of the top 10 GaAs-based IC manufacturers, and claims that it continues to strengthen its process of record (PoR) status at these customers’ manufacturing sites by continuing to secure follow-on orders. A series of recent order announcements for a combination of PVD, etch or CVD systems is further validation of this trend.

“Aviza is one of the largest suppliers of sputtering systems to this customer,” says Kevin Crofton, senior VP, Product Business Units. The follow-on shipments are further evidence of Sigma fxP’s capability to meet the specialized PVD processing requirements for GaAs devices, he adds.

The compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) for the GaAs device market through 2012 is estimated to be about 10%. Demand for GaAs-based ICs is fuelled by wireless applications in cell phones and Wi-Fi, with wireless applications expected to account for about 85% of all GaAs devices consumed in 2012, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.

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