27 May 2020
SPTS wins second Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation
SPTS Technologies Ltd of Newport, Wales, UK – a KLA company that manufactures etch, physical vapor deposition (PVD), chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and molecular vapor deposition (MVD) and thermal wafer processing solutions for the MEMS, advanced packaging, LED, high-speed RF-on-GaAs, and power management device markets – has been honored with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2020 (its second such award, following the first in 2018), this time recognizing its development of the 300mm Mosaic fxP plasma dicing system for high-throughput and damage-free singulation of semiconductor devices.
With what is claimed to be the largest installed base of plasma dicing systems in the industry, Mosaic fxP systems are found in volume production environments for applications including RFID, smart cards, power devices and integrated photonics. SPTS introduced its first 300mm plasma dicing system into the global advanced packaging sector with funding assistance from a Welsh Government R&D grant.
In addition to assessing the degree of innovation, the award’s judging panel also evaluated SPTS on its responsible business practices, which included employee affairs, customer and supplier relationships, and its impact on the environment and contribution to society.
“We provide equipment to world-leading manufacturers of sensors, power chips, RF and LED devices,” says Kevin Crofton, president of SPTS Technologies and senior VP at KLA Corp. “Our ongoing program of research and development, coupled with the ability to commercialize our innovations, has been key to building and sustaining a profitable business,” he adds.
“This award belongs to our entire organization – from those directly involved in the development of the Mosaic fxP to those who sold, built and supported the many Mosaic systems employed around the world,” Crofton adds. “We are also very pleased to share credit for this award with the Welsh Government, who demonstrated their commitment and support with the R&D grant that helped fund this and other advanced packaging development programs here at SPTS.”