With the rising demand for smarter technology, from more powerful smartphones to more intelligent appliances, Teflon™ fluoropolymers will continue to lead the way, especially as semiconductors require increasingly more powerful and efficient integrated circuits.
A Key Ingredient for Smart-Device Innovation
Smaller, Smarter Technology for Semiconductor Manufacturing
Leveraging decades of experience to lead innovation
North American Semicon Market Development Leader
We see ourselves as enablers of technology miniaturization and advancements in next-generation semiconductors.
As consumers demand more connectivity, Teflon™ materials help provide greater reliability.
Today more than ever, intelligent devices and appliances are transforming everyday lives. This is called the Internet of Things (IoT), and it’s turned the ordinary into the extraordinary by increasing the network connectivity of WiFi-enabled electronics. Imagine a refrigerator that knows which groceries to buy before you do—or wearables with built-in technologies to monitor your health. But there’s a challenge: to power these electronic devices, computer chips must become increasingly more efficient—and miniaturized.
Because as smart devices shrink, the semiconductors inside computer chips need to get smaller. Teflon™ fluoropolymers are used to help meet the needs of these ever-evolving design complexities, as they enable high-performance, contamination-free materials for high-purity chemical delivery during the chip-manufacturing processes.
It’s the age of the Internet of Things.
This is a 30% increase since 2015, and by 2020 that figure could break the 20 billion barrier.¹
Teflon™ fluoropolymers help keep innovation moving forward.
Systems that use Teflon™ materials help prevent metallic contamination, corrosion, and leaching in fluid-handling systems, enabling semiconductor manufacturers to maximize chip yields and design freedoms. That’s why the development of Teflon™ fluoropolymers in the semiconductor industry has helped enhance the performance, reliability, and efficiency of smart-device manufacturing. These materials also minimize downtime and process variability—qualities that allow for safe and consistent operation.
In this age of the IOT, Teflon™ materials have become more important than ever. They help make it possible for semiconductors to deliver intelligent automation for mobile, virtual, and instantaneous connections. With their ability to handle high-purity chemicals and operate at very high temperatures, Teflon™ fluoropolymers help semiconductors perform better and faster, with greater energy efficiency and lower defectivity—which helps semiconductor manufacturers perform better, too.
Smarter, more efficient devices also promote sustainability.
Teflon™ fluoropolymers benefit semiconductor manufacturing in multiple ways. During chip fabrication, the superior chemical resistance of fluoropolymers decreases the likelihood of highly corrosive chemicals contaminating the ultra-clean environment.
There are other practical functions as well. Since Teflon™ fluoropolymers help improve the reliability of the semiconductor manufacturing process, by extension they also help manufacturers innovate better, more reliable devices. The more data that these devices are capable of sharing, the smarter and more efficient the IoT can become. Transportation, buildings, and even infrastructure can share real-time information to help reduce energy consumption, congestion, hazards, and operational costs.
Decades of continuous innovation.
Businesses are continuously seeking innovative ways to keep up with—or even stay ahead of—the ever-growing expectations of consumers. So Teflon™ fluoropolymers are helping businesses rise to that challenge, with continued product innovation to meet changing industry requirements and demands for better-performing processes. After all, Moore’s Law states that technology will double in speed every two years, and Teflon™ materials play an important role in helping ensure that those advancements continue.
Teflon™ fluoropolymers have a history of innovation that is based on changing industry requirements and demands for better-performing and higher-purity products.
Teflon™ fluoroproducts are just part of the story.
The use of Teflon™ fluoropolymers helps give industry innovators access to a wide array of world-class materials and expert technical support, which facilitates the fabrication of semiconductor materials. Products like Teflon™ PFA, Teflon™ FEP, and Teflon™ PTFE are used to create everything from pipes to filters, sensors, and storage containers for high-purity fluid-handling systems. Teflon™ finishes help deliver superior corrosion protection from gases exhausted during wet chemistry processes. In addition, the Chemours portfolio offers a broad range of other products that enable semiconductor fabrication, including:
- Viton™ fluoroelastomers, which provide sealing solutions for broad chemical resistance
- Krytox™ high-performance lubricants and vacuum pump oils
- Vertrel™ and Opteon™ specialty fluids for etcher/tester chiller coolant and wafer cleaning/drying
Forward-looking businesses know that innovation will make the difference between fading or flourishing in the future, and Chemours can be a valuable partner for those that refuse to fade. So we’re dedicated to bringing responsible chemistry to our customers, investors, and society—a commitment that inspires us to find new ways to help raise the quality of life for billions worldwide while empowering smarter everyday life.