Live From SVC TechCon 2014: A Spirit of Nostalgia and Innovation

Thin Films

Today we’re at the 57th annual SVC TechCon 2014 conference in Chicago, one of the premier vacuum coating events in North America. It’s the closest place you can come to a literal think tank. It exudes innovation. As a long-time exhibitor, we sense both the spirit of nostalgia and the anticipation around the advancements made over the last year.

Our next-generation advanced power conversion and control solutions will be on display, with the Ascent DMS product as the centerpiece. AE was the first to introduce regulated pulsing to the market in the early 1990s for newly developed reactive sputtering processes, and the DMS product is a part of our broad portfolio of pulsing products to enable the next wave of innovation. Our newest DC and RF power conversion systems offer advanced integrated pulsing options—including controlled voltage reversal, standard pulsing, bipolar pulsing, bias pulsing and arc pulsing, as well as synchronized pulsing between bias and arc sources. With AE’s controlled, precise, shaped power delivery, process engineers can tailor surface properties while maintaining high deposition rates more efficiently.

The unique features of the Ascent DMS series include repeatable, tunable film parameters and lower cost of ownership in large-area glass and other industrial, dual magnetron sputtering applications. Designed to deliver 30 to 180 kW of bipolar power—with independent power control to each cathode—Ascent DMS units permit process engineers to customize duty cycle to the wear profile of each target. This enables increased target-erosion uniformity and full utilization of each cathode for longer campaigns. A controllable pulse rise feature offers significant advantages for producing more uniform and higher density films, while unique power-delivery options include selectable frequency, independent power-ratio regulation for each magnetron and power, current or voltage regulation..

Stop by our booth (#1100) and check out our displays, as well as some of our new apps. If you can attend one of our technical presentations, you’ll learn even more. Our applications experts will be among the many presenters at the show, addressing multiple topics that range from dual magnetron sputtering to advances in tribological coatings. Details can be found on our landing page at

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s show!

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