Edwards Vacuum, manufacturer of vacuum and abatement solutions for the semiconductor industry, will promote technology innovation and STEM education at SEMICON West this year.

Industry professionals and students alike will be intrigued by the scientifically-accurate virtual reality (VR) game (featured at their space #628 on the show floor) that demonstrates the significant role the company’s products play in reducing the environmental impact of semiconductor manufacturing processes.

“The development of an electronic circuit or flat panel display involves a complex manufacturing process that uses a variety of global warming gases. CF4, a perfluorinated compound, is one of the worst offenders because it has an atmospheric lifetime of 50,000 years,” said Scott Balaguer, General Manager North America, Edwards.

He continued, “The good news is that Edwards’ abatement solutions can minimise this impact significantly. Abatement is a very complex science that Edwards has over 30 years of experience in the making, backed by nearly 100 years of vacuum process technology development. We created the Molecule Blaster VR game as a fun approach to teaching the industry about the science of abatement; people enjoy saving the Earth from harmful greenhouse gases.”

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Edwards, a sponsor of the SEMI High Tech U, will host high school students at the show as part of the company’s STEM outreach campaign. Students will experience the Molecule Blaster VR game and learn about chemistry.

“SEMICON West presents an opportunity for high school students to see science in action and have fun learning. We hope this experience will encourage them to consider careers in the semiconductor industry,” adds Balaguer.

 SEMICON West 2018 will also feature:

  • Erik Collart, Global Product Manager, Edwards, will give a presentation in the Smart Manufacturing Pavilion on why sub-fab data management is critical to overall fab process and yield and optimisation on Wednesday, 11th July, from 1:30-4:30pm.
  • Mike Czerniak, Environmental Solutions Business Development Manager, Edwards, has co-authored the “Semiconductor Manufacturing Handbook” and will be available at the Edwards lounge for book signing on Tuesday, 10th July, from 2:30 - 3:30pm.

SEMICON West takes place 10th - 12th July, 2018 at the Moscone Centre, San Francisco, Calif. SEMICON West is organised by SEMI Americas to connect more than 2,000-member companies and 1.3 million professionals worldwide to advance the technology and business of electronics manufacturing. SEMICON West is celebrating its 47th year as the flagship event for the semiconductor industry.