Welcome to the fascinating world of etching machines! If you’re looking to explore the leading players in the industry, you’ve come to the right place. In this introduction, we’ll take a quick tour of the top 10 global etching machine companies.
Fremont, California, U.S.
Lam Research Corporation is an American supplier of wafer-fabrication equipment and related services to the semiconductor industry. Its products are used primarily in front-end wafer processing, which involves the steps that create the active components of semiconductor devices (transistors, capacitors) and their wiring (interconnects). The company also builds equipment for back-end wafer-level packaging (WLP) and for related manufacturing markets such as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS).
Tokyo Electron Limited or TEL, is a Japanese electronics and semiconductor company headquartered in Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. The company was founded as Tokyo Electron Laboratories, Inc. in 1963.
TEL is best known as a supplier of equipment to fabricate integrated circuits (IC), flat panel displays (FPD), and photovoltaic cells (PV). Tokyo Electron Device, or TED, is a subsidiary of TEL specializing in semiconductor devices, electronic components, and networking devices. As of 2011, TEL is the largest manufacturer of IC and FPD production equipment.
Santa Clara, California, U.S.
Applied Materials, Inc. is an American corporation that supplies equipment, services and software for the manufacture of semiconductor (integrated circuit) chips for electronics, flat panel displays for computers, smartphones, televisions, and solar products. Integral to the growth of Silicon Valley, the company also supplies equipment to produce coatings for flexible electronics, packaging and other applications. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, California, and the largest supplier of semiconductor equipment in the world based on revenue.
Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
Hitachi High-Tech America, Inc. (“HTA”) is a privately-owned global affiliate company that operates within the Hitachi Group Companies. HTA sells and services semiconductor manufacturing equipment, analytical instrumentation, scientific instruments, and bio-related products as well as industrial equipment, electronic devices, and electronic and industrial materials.
HTA’s professionals make contributions of lasting significance for customers through concentration on innovative design, utilization of the world’s most advanced technologies, comprehensive marketing, and versatile sales and service experience. Employees work to deliver a brand of products and services that meet or exceed customer expectations in terms of value, reputation, and dependability.
Cheonan, Ch’ungch’ong-namdo, South Korea
SEMES is the largest semiconductor/display manufacturer in Korea, producing the core equipment for semiconductor/display pre- and post-processes, with an annual turnover of one trillion KRW. Its customers already recognize the quality of SEMES’ state-of-the-art technical power and independently developed equipment.
Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. China (AMEC) is a micro-fabrication equipment company that researches, develops, manufactures and sells semiconductor equipment. The company offers etching equipment, MOCVD equipment and green facilities.
The company is a specialized supplier of key equipment for the production and development of micron-sized and nanoscale VLSI for the semiconductor industry in China and Asia.
Milpitas, California, United States
KLA Corporation is an American capital equipment company based in Milpitas, California. It supplies process control and yield management systems for the semiconductor industry and other related nanoelectronics industries. The company’s products and services are intended for all phases of wafer, reticle, integrated circuit (IC) and packaging production, from research and development to final volume manufacturing.
NAURA Technology Group Co., Ltd. (Hereinafter referred to as NAURA), is a leading enterprise of integrated circuit high-end technological equipment in China. It was formed through a strategic restructuring between Beijing Sevenstar Electronics Co., Ltd. (Hereinafter referred to as Sevenstar Electronics) and Beijing North Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (Hereinafter referred to as NMC).
NAURA mainly engages in semiconductor equipment, vacuum equipment, new energy lithium battery equipment and precision components businesses, which provide solutions for semiconductors, new energy resources, and new materials as well as other related fields. At present, NAURA owns four major industrial manufacturing bases, and its marketing service system covers the major countries and regions in Europe, America and Asia.
ULVAC Technologies, Inc. (C-TPAT), (ITAR) was established in 1992 as the US subsidiary of ULVAC, Inc. Headquartered in Methuen, Massachusetts, ULVAC Technologies provides Sales and Services to all countries in the Western Hemisphere.
In addition, this facility is equipped with a class-10 clean room for process development, customer demonstration and manufacturing of the ENVIRO solvent-free dry photo resist stripper and Compound Semiconductor Materials Etch Systems. Other in-house services include Foundry Etch (for Deep Oxide and Compound Semiconductor materials), Thermal Processing, Materials Characterization, and Vacuum Pump/Leak Detector Repair.
Beijing E-Town Semiconductor Technology Co., Ltd. (“E-Town Semiconductor” for short) is an integrated circuit equipment company headquartered in China, with China, the United States, and Germany as its R&D and manufacturing bases and operating globally. It is mainly engaged in the R&D, production and sales of wafer processing equipment required for integrated circuit manufacturing. In May 2016, E-Town Semiconductor successfully acquired Mattson Technology, Inc. (“Mattson”), an integrated circuit equipment company headquartered in Silicon Valley, USA.
E-Town Semiconductor mainly provides equipment and application solutions such as dry degumming, dry etching, rapid heat treatment, and millisecond-level annealing to global integrated circuit chip manufacturers. Among them, dry degumming, rapid heat treatment, and millisecond-level annealing equipment are used in their respective fields. The market shares in the subdivided fields are all in the forefront of the world, and the main customers include the world’s major chip manufacturers.
Laser etching is a process that creates marks on parts and products by melting their surface. It is part of the broader category called laser marking which also includes laser engraving and laser annealing. Highly versatile, it can be used with most metals.
The primary difference between them is that engraving is a physical process, and etching is a chemical process. An engraver uses sharp tools to cut lines directly into a surface, while an etcher burns lines into a surface with acid.
- Lam Research
- Tokyo Electron
- Applied Materials
- KLA Corporation
- E-Town Semiconductor