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Increase throughput & yield and reduce total cost of ownership.
As chips become smaller and more powerful, higher levels of process cleanliness and data rates continue to increase in semiconductor and FPD equipment. W. L. Gore & Associates offers proven solutions with more durability, flexibility and reliability that solve these complex issues to increase throughput and yield, reduce maintenance and total costs, and be ready for the future.
SIGNAL INTEGRITY IN COMPLEX ENVIRONMENTS
Cleanliness, durability and reliability are essential for flat cable solutions in semiconductor production equipment bound for complex cleanroom and vacuum environments. Cables are also expected to move faster with high flex life performance while delivering reliable signal transmission at higher speeds.
GORE High Flex Flat Cables offer improved signal integrity, more durability and can be reliably used in any energy chain or cable track. Our long-lasting flex cables enable higher yields and help reduce particle formation while optimizing flex life in high-precision, automated machinery applications.
LOWEST PARTICULATION & OUTGASSING LEVELS
As cables for automation equipment move, flex and rub against a flexible cable carrier, their construction materials often shed particles that can contaminate cleanroom environments and damage sensitive components. GORE High Flex Flat Cables have been certified to ISO 14644-1 Class 1 cleanroom applications by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany according to the probability calculations defined in VDI Guideline 2083 and ISO 14644-1.
Our high flex flat cables offer the lowest outgassing properties that can ensure optimal results and protect sensitive processes, like advanced inspection and metrology performed in vacuum environments.
Get more details about the Cable Particulation Study for Cleanroom Environments from the Fraunhofer Institute.
IMPROVED CABLE MANAGEMENT
GORE High Flex Flat Cables can substantially improve cable management and reduce the total cost of ownership. They have a proven flex life of more than 20 million cycles and reliable signal integrity for data transmission. Also, the flat construction eliminates dividers and shelves in a traditional cable chain, reducing the cable system's total weight or allowing a smaller flexible cable chain to be used.
When it comes to the size of a flat cable vs. round cable, the lightweight, durable materials in our flat cables are 1/2 to 1/3 the thickness of most round cable materials and meet UL requirements for safety and flame resistance. With a proven flex life, our low-bend radius flex cables make installation much easier and have performance characteristics that give system designers peace of mind.
GORE High Flex Flat Cables solve many common issues with particulation, vibration, size, weight and costly maintenance in a variety of semiconductor applications, including:
- cleanroom automation
- advanced packaging equipment
- front-end wafer inspection
- wafer metrology equipment
- semiconductor automated optical inspection (AOI)
- semiconductor processing equipment
- linear motion stages
- pick & place equipment
- wafer handling
- flat panel display (FPD) manufacturing equipment
- CMOS image sensor (CIS) packaging equipment
- lens manufacturing equipment
Have new automation equipment that needs a reliable flex cable for motion control? Let’s talk about how we can meet your system needs and requirements.
Features & Benefits
For continuously demanding operation, GORE High Flex Flat Cables are designed with unique features that make them more durable, including:
- flat cable construction eliminates the need for cable chain
- low-friction, non-particulating materials
- non-outgassing materials available
- temperature-resistant and chemically inert materials
Our reliable high flex life cables provide manufacturers with many benefits that ensure high performance in semiconductor automation equipment, like:
- increased throughput and yield
- less maintenance, downtime and total cost of ownership
- fully custom flex cable solutions
- reliable signal integrity
- certified for ISO Class 1 cleanroom and vacuum environments
Are you wondering if your automation equipment can benefit from our high flex flat cable? Contact us today so we can talk more about how our product can help.
These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE High Flex Flat Cables for semiconductor production equipment in cleanroom and vacuum environments.
|Elec. / Mech. / Environ. Property||Value|
|Maximum Accelerationa g (m/sec2)||4.0 (40)|
|Jacket Material||Expanded PTFE Composite|
|Core Types||Signal, Power, Fiber Optic, Pneumatics|
|Maximum Self-Supporting Stroke Length mm (in)||500 (20)|
|Overall Width mm (in)||300 (12)|
|Minimum Bend Radius mm (in)||50 (2)|
|Flex Life (Cycles) (BR. 50 mm up to 4G Acceleration)||> 20 million|
|Temperature Range °C||-40 to +200|
|Cleanliness Class (ISO14664-1)||1|
|Particulationb % (ISO14664-1 / VDI Guideline 2083)||< 0.1|
|Outgassing mBar liter/sec cm2 (AMUc)
< 6 x 10-10
< 1 x 10-11 (< 100)
< 1 x 10-12 (> 100)
a. For applications requiring higher acceleration and speed, contact a Gore representative.
b. Details about the Cable Particulation Study for Cleanroom Environments from the Fraunhofer Institute are available at gore.com/particulation.
c. AMU = Atomic Mass Units.
How to Customize or Buy
As an industry leader for long-lasting flex cable solutions, we offer electrical and pneumatic lines in flat cable assemblies that can be custom-fit to meet your exact high flex cable specifications for cleanroom and vacuum environments.
Use our easy online design tool to choose from the most common industry components and build your high-flex robotic cable. Once you submit the form, a Gore representative will contact you.
If you need help with a flex cable design to meet your specific equipment needs or to order the standard version of our robotic cables, including options for higher acceleration and speed, contact us today.
November 16, 2022 - November 17, 2022
Clean Gore cables & assemblies: Made for lithography. Made for you. Gore’s custom-configured static and high-flex cables & cable assemblies are designed, engineered and manufactured to meet the lithography industry’s toughest standards for durability, outgassing performance, cleanliness and flexibility. We look forward to seeing you at Precisiebeurs 2022.
June 20, 2021 - June 25, 2021
Gore is exhibiting virtually at this year’s International Microwave Symposium (IMS), and you’re invited to visit our virtual booth. We’ll describe how our proven portfolio of durable microwave/RF test assemblies delivers stable and consistent performance for reliable 5G test results.
August 4, 2020 - August 6, 2020
Due to the ongoing challenge of COVID-19, IMS2020 has been moved to virtual with live streaming. A key topic at the symposium is 5G connectivity, and Gore will present a portfolio of reliable microwave/RF test assemblies for 5G testing. We’ll describe how our cable assemblies provide durable, stable, and consistent performance to ensuring accurate and reliable testing results.
March 14, 2018 - March 16, 2018
Visit us in Booth E7239 at the 2018 SEMICON China to see our latest innovative solutions for the semiconductor and microelectronics industry.
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