Sputtering is one of the most popular technologies for deposition of thin films. Although sputtering was first developed about 200 years ago, since World War II it has become increasingly important for the creation of innovative devices, becoming fundamental in sustaining the growing demand for semiconductor circuits and other electronic devices.
Sputtering targets have found increasing penetration not only in electronics, but also in sectors such as mechanical/chemical, energy, optical coating, and life science, among others.
Although for decades sputtering was primarily used in microelectronics for fabrication of semiconductor devices, in recent years, as the semiconductor industry transitions to new processes that allow for the fabrication of thin films below 20 nm, sputtering has found alternative sources of demand in other industry segments such as flat panel displays and solar cell manufacturing.
In fact, over time the availability of sputtering materials has expanded to meet the requirements of the most varied applications within the electronics, mechanical/chemical, energy, optical coatings, life science, and food packaging sectors. Read More