Premier Institute FBH Selects Solstice S8 for Automated Plating and Solvent Processes

ClassOne Technology | October 23, 2018

KALISPELL, MT: ClassOne Technology, the premier supplier of new wet process tools to the 200mm and below semiconductor manufacturing industry, today announced the sale of its flagship Solstice S8 wet process tool to the Ferdinand-Braun-Institute (FBH) in Berlin, Germany. As a leading research institute in the fabrication of III-V compound semiconductors, FBH specializes in prototyping leading-edge microwave and optoelectronic devices for a diverse range of industries, including communications, energy, health, and mobility.

“Solstice is a perfect fit for the III-V compound semiconductor processes that FBH specializes in,” explains Olaf Krüger, Head of FBH’s Process Technology Department. “The exceptional flexibility of the Solstice platform will allow FBH to efficiently automate a number of distinct processes on a single tool. We expect to retain the fine-grained control needed in our research environment with the added production benefits of complete cassette-to-cassette automation.“

FBH is the latest example of a growing trend in the compound semiconductor industry—the need for integrated plating-related processes as part of a comprehensive plating solution. ClassOne’s eight-chamber Solstice S8 will provide FBH with sophisticated electroplating and wet processing capabilities for a range of processes. In particular, gold plating will be performed by a pair of ClassOne’s class-leading GoldPro™ chambers, and a new high-pressure spray solvent chamber will process highly-efficient Metal Lift-off. ClassOne has dubbed the wide range of plating-related wet processing capabilities on the Solstice platform as Plating-PlusTM.

“The configuration flexibility of Plating-PlusTM and the exceptional quality of our plating chambers are why ClassOne has become the supplier of choice for the compound semiconductor industry,” says Roland Seitz, Director of ClassOne’s European operations. “Solstice is perfectly suited to the complex processing requirements of compound semiconductors. By placing several related processes on a single tool, FBH will enjoy processing efficiencies and device quality that simply cannot be achieved by any other supplier.”

About ClassOne
ClassOne, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, provides highly affordable new wet process and refurbished major-brand semiconductor processing tools, with thousands of tools installed worldwide at the industry’s leading semiconductor manufacturers.

ClassOne’s Technology division (, headquartered in Kalispell, Montana, develops and provides innovative new wet-chemical equipment solutions, including electroplaters, spin-rinse-dryers, spray solvent tools, and more. These tools are specifically designed for budget-conscious users of ≤200mm substrates, many of whom are in emerging markets underserved by the larger equipment manufacturers. With decades of experience from industry veterans dedicated to the tradition of delivering advanced performance and quality for much less, ClassOne Technology delivers “Advanced Wet Processing for the Rest of Us.”

ClassOne’s Equipment division (, is long respected as the industry’s premier provider of refurbished major-brand processing tools. ClassOne Equipment supplies turnkey equipment solutions that include state-of-the-art refurbishment, warranty, installation, service, support and spare parts.

Solstice S8 Fully Automated Plating System
Solstice S8 Fully Automated Plating System

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