Advanced filtration for advanced chip production

The need for high purity in the semiconductor industry is not new; however, chip manufacturers are facing even more stringent purity requirements for new advanced applications. Naresh Narasimhan, president of Pall Corp, says cutting-edge filtration is critical for achieving purity requirements and organisations within the semiconductor supply chain must ensure they have the capacity to support current and future trends and demand.

Naresh Narasimhan, president of Pall Corp.
Naresh Narasimhan, president of Pall Corp.

Small chips, big challenges

As chip design evolves, the chips become smaller, and the geometries become more complex. The component parts of the most advanced chips are measured not at the scale of millimetres, but at the scale of atoms. The manufacturing process to produce advanced chips is more complex and each step has the potential for contamination, which is why the raw material used must have the highest level of purity to minimise defects.

High purity has always been critical to the semiconductor industry, but new applications underscore the importance of material purity. Defects, especially latent defects, in applications such as medical devices and automotive, are not only costly for the manufacturer, but also pose potential safety hazards.

In order to meet stringent purity requirements and increase production to meet demand, semiconductor manufacturers need to partner with suppliers who understand their critical needs and have the expertise and capacity to support production. Pall is part of the semiconductor value chain and plays a crucial role in ensuring that semiconductor chips are manufactured with high quality standards.


Advanced filtration for advanced chips

As chip makers navigate the increasingly complex challenges of semiconductor manufacturing, high-end filtration becomes even more important. Pall’s filtration technology helps to ensure that the chips produced are of the highest purity.

In August 2022, Pall broke ground on a new, US$100 million facility in Singapore for advanced filtration solutions. This facility will primarily produce lithography and wet-etch filtration, purification and separation solutions that can help advanced chip manufacturers scale production. The new facility will more than double current installed manufacturing capacity, supporting the growing demand for advanced nodes.

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Increased capacity enables future transformation

Meeting the demand for advanced chips is necessary for global technology transformations. We are proud to help semiconductor manufacturers address their most complex filtration challenges and help them address urgent issues that are impacting society, such as climate change and human health.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused a spike in demand for advanced chips, but the growing demand predates the pandemic; it will also outlast it.