Thin Silicon Wafers | Important Facts About Semiconductor Wafers


September 10, 2018

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While semiconductor wafers might not be physically seen in our everyday lives, they are everywhere. They are a crucial component for anything electronic. Given their importance in our everyday lives, it’s important to know about them. Let’s take a look at some important facts about thin silicon wafers and semiconductor wafers.

Semiconductor Facts

  • Semiconductor wafers are made of silicon. In fact, silicon is the second-most common element on the Earth.
  • Silicon is the seventh-most common element in the universe.
  • Wafers require specific sand. In fact, most of the sand used to produce a wafer is shipped from beaches in Australia.
  • Wafers are made in a variety of diameters.
  • The first semiconductor wafer was manufactured in the United States in 1960. In fact, it was 1 inch.
  • Wafers are formed with a highly pure crystal material.
  • The Czochralski method is used to form semiconductor wafers.
  • Wafer thickness is determined by mechanical strength. As a result, it has to be strong enough to support whatever material is used to make it.
  • Proper storage conditions are necessary to prevent contamination and/or degradation after shipment.
  • Wafers should be vacuum sealed. Because of that, wafers that are not vacuum sealed must be placed in a Nitrogen cabinet with a flow rate of 2 to 6 Standard Cubic Feet per Hour.
  • Silicon is considered to be the most prevalent material for wafers. Because of this, they are popular in electronics.

Are You Looking for Thin Silicon Wafers?

At Wafer World, no matter what the project we have the wafer for you. Because of that, we have an extensive stock of different types of wafers in different sizes and materials. Contact us today to learn more about our wafers or to place an order.

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