To expand the stable supply and sales of rare gases xenon and krypton, Air Water is building a new facility to produce them in the cryogenic air separation unit (ASU) which has been operated in Kobe Steel’s Kakogawa Plant since October 2017, The Gas Review reported.
Rewind 3 to 4 years, and much of the conjecture in the electronics business surrounded the next wave of expected technologies and wafer fabrication processes, from 450mm wafers to 14 nanometer (14nm) node transistors to lithographic patterning.
As we head in to 2018, we look back on a very interesting changing market for krypton (Kr), xenon (Xe) and neon (Ne) in 2017. Ne supply this year continued to increase as new plants came on-stream while the demand was growing slowly after the big decline of 2016.
3D-NAND flash memory devices (hereafter, called 3D-NANDs) are at the centre of still competition in creating more layers, according to The Gas Review.
Cryoin Engineering Ltd. (Odessa, Ukraine) is one of the leading global manufacturers of rare gases – neon, krypton, xenon and helium from the air (as a by-product of neon production) – as well as gas mixtures on the basis of rare gases and stable isotopes of neon.
The number of excimer laser units sold for use with semiconductor lithography started to show steady growth last year due to the recovery in neon (Ne) supply.
Air Products has opened a new, state-of-the-art specialty gases and helium (He) transfill facility in Ochang, South Korea.
Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC) has developed a turbo-Brayton refrigerator, termed the NeoKelvin®-Turbo 10kW, which can cool high-temperature superconducting power applications at -200ºC by using neon (Ne) gas as the working fluid.