What Drives Today’s Developments in Power?

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For all of us, the need to lower production costs, the development of new process technologies, and the opening of new market segments are key drivers. This is true not only in the semiconductor industry, where increases in wafer size drive the need to lower costs and increase throughput, but also in industrial applications, such as flat panel display, glass, hard coatings, and optical coatings, where similar requirements generate technological development at a very high level.

And what does this mean for AE?

Take a look at the Ascent® product line, our high-power DC family. The Ascent AMS (Arc Management System®) series was designed for stable power delivery even through high arc conditions, such as we see in the field during AZO sputtering. Key features of this series include a dynamic control system, extremely fast arc handling, and the lowest stored energy in the industry.

Historically speaking, dual magnetron systems performing conventional bi-polar magnetron sputtering are not driven by DC power. Traditionally, even a highly dynamic DC power supply would not suit these processes. However, responding to increasing process and industry demands, AE developed the Ascent DMS dual magnetron sputtering accessory to enable the benefits of DC power in dual magnetron sputtering applications. It provides DC-like arc handling and very low arc energy, and allows the use of new cost-effective target materials, offering solutions for key market and application challenges.

For more information, please visit our Ascent DMS information page.

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Uwe Krause • Advanced Energy

Uwe currently serves as Advanced Energy's manager of field application engineering in EMEA.

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Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of highly engineered, precision power conversion, measurement and control solutions for mission-critical applications and processes. Advanced Energy’s power solutions enable customer innovation in complex applications for a wide range of industries including semiconductor equipment, industrial production, medical and life sciences, data center computing, networking and telecommunications. With engineering know-how and responsive service and support for customers around the globe, the company builds collaborative partnerships to meet technology advances, propels growth of its customers and innovates the future of power. Advanced Energy has devoted four decades to perfecting power. It is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, USA.

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