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Company Overview of k-Space Associates Inc.

Company Overview

k-Space Associates Inc. manufactures and supplies in-situ, in-line, and ex-situ thin-film metrology tools for semiconductor, surface sciences, thin-film technology, and photovoltaic industries. The company offers plug-in options, wafer and film temperature monitors, thin-film deposition monitoring tools, multi-beam optical sensors, multi-beam optical sensors ultra/thermal scans, optical and analysis metrology tools, and real-time integrated metrology tools. It provides accessories, such as rotation monitoring and triggering accessories, laser trigger modules, reflection high-energy electron diffraction screens, beam-alignment substrates, and pulse control accessories. The company offers its ...

2182 Bishop Circle East

Dexter, MI 48130-1564

United States

Founded in 1992





Key Executives for k-Space Associates Inc.

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k-Space Associates Inc. Key Developments

K-Space Associates Inc. Introduces New Tool for MOCVD Carrier Characterization

k-Space Associates Inc. introduced its newest product, the kSA Emissometer. This ex situ tool provides MOCVD fabs with essential wafer carrier characterization, including emissivity uniformity and defect identification. Traditionally MOCVD fabs rely on subjective human tests to inspect the quality of wafer carriers after bakes and between runs. They rely on empirical data to adjust carrier temperatures from growth to growth. The kSA Emissometer puts the science back in carrier evaluation with high resolution carrier emissivity mapping and the detection of defects and microcracks that aren't visible to the human eye. This tool is designed to be used by operators and engineers and provides full quantitative carrier maps in 10 minutes. The real advantage of the kSA Emissometer is that it provides fabs with systematic carrier data that can be integrated into their quality control processes. It also provides a go-no-go decision on carrier use and quantitative determination of the carrier emissivity, allowing for temperature set-point adjustments for individual carriers.

k-Space Associates Inc. Introduces New Tool for Absolute Temperature Measurement

k-Space Associates Inc. announced the worldwide release of its newest product, kSA SpectraTemp, a unique, self-calibrating absolute source temperature measurement tool. kSA SpectraTemp is a non-contact, optically-based technique for measuring the temperature of semiconductor wafers, metals, ceramics, and much more. It is based on patented technology that analyzes the spectral radiation profile utilizing a solid-state spectrometer, resulting in fast data acquisition and real-time temperature measurement. The user simply reads the temperature from the screen. MOCVD and other thin-film deposition facilities can use it to measure absolute temperature on wafer carriers, providing more accurate and reliable temperatures and tool-to-tool matching. As production facilities adopt this technology and gain better temperature control, device yield and quality will improve.

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