Pfeiffer Vacuum opens new Silicon Valley innovation center focused on semiconductor applications

Pfeiffer Vacuum, a provider of high-tech vacuum solutions for the semiconductor market as well as the analytical, industrial and research and development markets, has opened a new 10,000ft2 Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) in San José.

The SVIC serves North American customers in all technological questions around high-vacuum technology, focusing on semiconductor applications and the integrated Pfeiffer Vacuum products. Customers will be able to test and evaluate new vacuum solutions designed for their applications at early development stages.

Onsite specialists and researchers will provide direct know-how support for all Pfeiffer Vacuum products and establish a seamless link to the global Pfeiffer Vacuum R&D organization.

“Opening the Silicon Valley Innovation Center demonstrates our commitment to drive innovation for our customers in the semiconductor market, and to support the development of future technologies,” said Dr Britta Giesen, CEO of Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology.

Vacuum technology is used in the semiconductor industry to produce microprocessors, storage media, high-definition displays and more. Customers primarily use many medium and large backing pumps, but also turbopumps and measurement instruments. With contamination analysis and leak detection systems, chip manufacturers can significantly increase their yield.

“The direct collaboration with our customers in Silicon Valley is becoming increasingly important as the complexity of the production of microprocessors continues to increase,” added Ming Lee, VP of sales for North America at Pfeiffer Vacuum. “The center and its team of experts will be essential in working even closer with our customers to efficiently design vacuum products and solutions for their technological challenges.”