Wafers are vital to the success of much of the technology sector. However, when it comes to wafers the cost can be very expensive. Sometimes the budget just doesn’t allow for new wafers. When that happens, reclaimed wafers can be a great alternative. Let’s take a look at some things you need to know when it comes to considering gaas reclaim wafers.
The wafer reclaim process begins with a visual inspection of incoming wafers for fatal flaws such as chipped edges or serious scratches. Wafers that pass this test are then measured for thickness. This ensures that sufficient material exists to allow for a successful reclaim. If, after all that, it is deemed that the wafer can be reclaimed, it then goes through a chemical stripping process. After it is stripped and polished, it is chemically cleaned, washed, rinsed with ultra-pure deionized water, and dried using both industry standard and proprietary techniques to complete the reclaim process.
When it comes to reclaimed wafers, they are suited for pretty much everything a new wafer is, with a few exceptions.
Reclaimed wafers can cut wafer expense for both chip makers and semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Typically, reclaimed wafers cost one-third or even one-fourth of the cost of a new wafer. They are especially cost-effective for 100-mm through 300-mm wafer sizes.
At Wafer World, not only do we offer the highest quality new wafers, but we also offer high-quality reclaimed wafers. Our reclaimed wafers go through extensive testing and cleaning to ensure that they work just as well as new ones. Contact us today to learn more.