Alcatel Space Installs 943NT In-Line Sputtering System From KDF


Sale facilitated by European representative TFEsrl

KDF today announced that Alcatel Space, a world leader in space telecommunication, will install its 943NT in-line sputtering system this month. Alcatel Space, which is based in Toulouse, France, will use the KDF system in the manufacture of hybrid circuits for space applications.
“After an evaluation of tools to replace our existing equipment, we found that the KDF 943NT in-line sputtering system was a perfect fit in our hybrid circuit production because it offered superior sputtering technology and the best process reliability,” said Philippe Bondeau, process engineer for Alcatel Space. “The sputter-down capability and easy substrate loading, in tandem with the powerful and flexible software, were key benefits behind our ordering this system, which is being used to produce advanced circuits for space applications.”

TFEsrl, KDF’s European representative, facilitated the sale. Located in Milan, Italy, TFEsrl represents KDF product sales throughout Europe, and employs six senior field representatives with over 10 years of experience each.

“Since this circuitry is being utilized for satellite applications, it is imperative that the system consistently produces uniform films ¾ the technology must be produced exactly and reliably,” said Kurt Flechsig, president of KDF. “As a previous customer of MRC, Alcatel is familiar with the production-proven sputtering technology in the 943NT system. This, coupled with our extensive customer support base, was a key driving point in the sale.”

The 943NT is part of KDF’s 900 Series of PVD systems, all of which feature in-line sputter-down capabilities. Popular for their pure metal target deposition and convenient wafer-to-pallet loading abilities, the 900 Series systems can be configured with an optional high vacuum loadlock and three or four target positions. High-rate DC magnetron sputtering and single- or multiple-pass deposition features support the versatility and high-throughput of these production systems. Cathode and substrate orientation are horizontal, allowing gentle substrate fixturing for users.

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About KDF
KDF Electronic & Vacuum Services, Inc., produces batch in-line sputtering tools in a wide variety of R&D and production formats for the mainstream silicon, emerging materials and flat-panel display markets. KDF systems are used in the production of semiconductors, photomasks, telecommunications networks, wireless circuits, gallium arsenide (GaAs), high density interconnect, sensors, optoelectronics, flat panel display and radio frequency power devices. KDF is located in Rockleigh, New Jersey, and has representatives in Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Korea.
About Alcatel Space
Alcatel Space ranks among the world’s leading space systems prime contractors. Leveraging its dual expertise in civil and military applications, Alcatel Space develops satellite technology solutions for telecommunications, navigation, optical and radar observation, meteorology, and scientific applications. Alcatel Space established its world leadership in satellite orders in 2000, winning the most orders for geo-stationary communications satellites, with a total of 10 satellites (27% of the market). A fully-owned subsidiary of Alcatel (100%), Alcatel Space generated 2000 revenues of 1.4 billion Euros and has 6,000 employees.
About Alcatel
Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) builds next generation networks, delivering integrated end-to-end voice and data networking solutions to established and new carriers, as well as enterprises and consumers worldwide. With sales of EURO 31 billion in 2000 and 110,000 employees and, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.
Company Contacts
Kurt Flechsig
President & CEO
Tel: +1 (201) 784-5005
Alcatel Space Installs 943NT In-Line Sputtering System From KDF