South Korean Point Engineering Chooses ClassOne’s Solstice S8 for Advanced Semiconductor Plating

Kalispell, MT – January 27, 2021 – ClassOne Technology, global supplier of high-performance semiconductor electroplating and surface preparation systems, announced the sale of its Solstice® S8 system to South Korean chip manufacturer, Point Engineering Co. The eight-chambered Solstice plating tool will be installed at Point Engineering’s manufacturing facility in Asan City, South Korea. The announcement was made by ClassOne‘s CEO, Byron Exarcos, and PEC‘s CEO, Bum-Mo Ahn.

"Our products call for unique manufacturing approaches,” said Bum-Mo. “In addition to copper, we require plating of palladium cobalt alloy into highly variant features; and this plating is done on a proprietary substrate. We needed a volume-manufacturing platform that has the necessary flexibility without sacrificing reliability. The Solstice S8 covers these needs very well, and it also has a compact footprint to conserve fab space."

Exarcos pointed out that Point Engineering's new Solstice configuration includes a CopperMax™ processing chamber, a ClassOne-proprietary feature specifically designed to optimize copper plating. The chamber enables consistent high-quality, high-rate copper plating, while maximizing uptime and dramatically reducing bottom-line operating costs.

“Point Engineering has gained considerable respect in the industry for its semiconductor parts, which frequently go into probe pins and micro power inductors," said Exarcos. “In today’s semiconductor industry, we’re seeing that new product categories often drive the need for novel approaches in manufacturing. Point Engineering’s groundbreaking new products demand a process-experienced equipment provider and a flexible platform. We’re gratified that Point Engineering has chosen ClassOne and Solstice to partner with them on their next-generation products.”

The Solstice S8 is an 8-chambered system designed and built by ClassOne for high-performance, fully-automated electroplating and surface preparation, specifically for ≤200mm semiconductor wafer processing. The Solstice series also includes the S4, which provides up to four processing chambers, and the LT, with up to three chambers. In addition to electroplating, Solstice systems also provide Plating-Plus™ surface preparation capabilities, including wafer cleaning, high-pressure metal lift-off, resist strip, UBM etch and more. This multi-processing flexibility allows users to streamline wafer production and increase cost efficiencies by reducing the number of different processing tools required in the fab.

About ClassOne Technology

ClassOne Technology ( headquartered in Kalispell, Montana, designs and delivers high-performance electroplating and surface processing tools specifically for users of ≤200mm semiconductor wafers. In addition to its Solstice S8, S4 and LT electroplating and surface preparation systems, the company also provides complementary wet processing equipment, including spin rinse dryers (SRDs), spray solvent tools (SSTs) and more. ClassOne is known for providing new, highly cost-efficient processing tools to compound semiconductor manufacturers and other emerging markets who use 200mm and smaller wafers. In the past, these users have been underserved by the larger equipment makers. ClassOne Technology systems are designed and built by engineers with deep experience in the semiconductor industry. ClassOne Technology is a sister company to ClassOne Equipment, the industry’s premier provider of refurbished name-brand processing tools, with over 2,500 systems installed worldwide.

About Point Engineering

Point Engineering Co., Ltd., ( with headquarters in Asan, South Korea, manufactures and distributes electronics components globally. The Company produces liquid crystal display parts, semiconductor parts, power device parts, and other related products. Point Engineering is also expanding its business to include UV LED packages, guide plates, molds for MEMS pins, Micro LED transfer, and AAO materials. The company’s advanced technologies have secured multiple important patents and increased its edge in the global market. In 2018, Point Engineering received the Industrial Technology Award from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Energy.

For More Information, Contact:
Byron Exarcos
ClassOne Technology
109 Cooperative Way
Kalispell, MT 59901
tel: +1 (406) 407-7814

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