Soon, more than 50 billion devices will utilize the Internet of Things (IoT)—a technological landscape of interconnected smart devices that influence and enhance daily life. The IoT and evolving global marketplace challenges manufacturers to deliver high volumes of prefabrication components and consumer end products without sacrificing quality—from 5G networks to nanotechnology and smartphones with foldable screens. People expect to connect quickly, access information easily, and experience digital interactions seamlessly.
Addressing Technology Challenges
Technological innovations today drive the realization of a cleaner, safer, and more efficient world tomorrow. Chemours is using chemistry to anticipate future needs and drive innovation in the evolving technology landscape. The Chemours portfolio features world-class brands and high-performing products that have set the standard for the successful manufacture and production of consumer electronics, consumer wearables, and semiconductors.
Durability and Strength in Consumer Wearables
Wearable consumer electronic products rely on fluoroelastomers for durability, comfort, and aesthetics. The nonreactive Viton™ fluoroelastomers withstand contact with sweat, lotions, moisture, and heat, adding versatility and durability to materials used in consumer wearables. UV-resistant Viton™ fluoroelastomers provide superior color retention, so bright colors won’t fade with use.
Protection for High-Performance Microchips
Keeping microchips clean during the manufacturing process is essential for mitigating potential contamination or damage caused by microscopic impurities. As electronics components shrink and grow in complexity, they are less able to tolerate these impurities.
The Teflon™ product portfolio offers innovative products that support the needs of cabling, printed circuit boards, flexible printed circuits, display technology, and more. Teflon™ fluoropolymers’ unique characteristics protect microchips from damage by providing superior chemical resistance to corrosive damage during chip manufacture. These fluoropolymers enable manufacturers to maximize chip yields, minimize downtime, improve processes, and maintain micro-design consistency.
Nafion™ membranes transport positively charged ions in electrochemical processors to create ultra-high purity compounds that protect delicate components from contamination or damage. Glycolic acid’s chelating properties make it a good choice for applications that require ppm-level metal impurities like flat-panel, thin-film transistor (TFT) processing. Glycolic acid cleans away even the most microscopic impurities to ameliorate potential damage and interruptions to operations.
The Future of Connectivity
Connecting smart devices and delivering increased data bandwidth requires electrical cables and fiber optics to handle an increased load capacity. As 5G—the next generation of connectivity—grows in scope, both rigid and flexible printed circuit boards (PCBs) will depend on high-performance fluoropolymer materials.
Teflon™ fluoropolymers deliver ultra-high frequency performance to PCBs supporting data centers, cell towers, and personal devices. High-performance resins, like Teflon™ fluoropolymers, improve the electrical performance of cable insulation and jacketing to support more devices and data. Cabling systems for local area networks (LANs) and other telecommunications applications also depend on Teflon™ fluoropolymers’ high-quality insulation properties.
Keeping Equipment Running Smoothly
Even the highest quality semiconductor manufacturing machine parts need proper lubrication. With their exceptional chemical resistance, non-reactivity, and ability to withstand extreme pressures, Krytox™ high-performance lubricants are ideal for semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
Krytox™ lubricants help to reduce contaminants and outgassing in cleanrooms and the equipment used to manufacture electronics and semiconductor components. Krytox™ lubricants provide a more stable environment for sensitive electronic components, helping to improve yields and extend equipment life.
Continuing the Legacy of Innovation
Chemours’ commitment to innovation and excellence means the company never stops creating, improving, and growing. Chemours will continue developing and evolving its fluoropolymer portfolio to provide solutions for the diverse challenges within the consumer electronics and semiconductor industries.