SPOKANE, Wash., June 11, 2014 — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Electronic Materials announced today that it has completed an increase of its refining and casting capacity for high-purity copper and tin at its Spokane, Wash., facility. The project, begun in late 2011, increased capacity for the high-purity metals in response to rising demand from the semiconductor industry as it adopts new advanced technologies.
“We listen to our customers and respond to their needs,” said Chris LaPietra, director of Honeywell’s sputtering target business. “The investment we made in increasing our capacity is evidence of that commitment.”
Demand for copper material has continued to grow driven by advanced chip designs that require high-purity copper. Additional industry growth has come as memory manufacturers transition from aluminum to copper.
Copper provides a lower resistivity than aluminum when used as electrical conductors in integrated circuits, allowing for faster chip speeds and increased device performance. Copper has also been embraced for chip packaging applications due to increased costs associated with gold, a longtime industry standard.
Tin is also being used increasingly as an alternative to lead for advanced chip packaging applications, providing an option for customers who must comply with regulations against lead-based materials.
Honeywell is a leading supplier of metals to the semiconductor industry, manufacturing high-purity physical vapor deposition (PVD)/sputtering targets and advanced packaging materials for electrical interconnect. The company supplies targets for a range of metals, including copper, cobalt, aluminum, titanium and tungsten. These metals are primarily used to form the wiring that conducts the electrical current through the circuits within semiconductors. Honeywell’s advanced packaging materials include copper and tin and are used to electrically connect the chip to the end use device.
To ensure a high-quality, consistent and secure supply of metal feedstock, Honeywell is vertically integrated in the production of source materials, with a supply of metals designed specifically for use in the semiconductor industry. The resulting supply chain offers customers better quality control and delivery assurance during times of source material shortages and/or industry ramps.
In addition to producing high-purity metals, sputtering targets and advanced packaging, Honeywell supplies a range of materials to the semiconductor industry, including electronic polymers, precision thermocouples and electronic chemicals.
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