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1. US20050111938 - Mid-entry load lock for semiconductor handling system

Office United States of America
Application Number 10985834
Application Date 10.11.2004
Publication Number 20050111938
Publication Date 26.05.2005
Grant Number 7458763
Grant Date 02.12.2008
Publication Kind B2
IPC
B65G 49/07
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
GTRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
49Conveying systems characterised by their application for specified purposes not otherwise provided for
05for fragile or damageable materials or articles
07for semiconductor wafers
B65G 65/00
BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
GTRANSPORT OR STORAGE DEVICES, e.g. CONVEYORS FOR LOADING OR TIPPING, SHOP CONVEYOR SYSTEMS OR PNEUMATIC TUBE CONVEYORS
65Loading or unloading
CPC
H01L 21/67161
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
67Apparatus specially adapted for handling semiconductor or electric solid state devices during manufacture or treatment thereof; Apparatus specially adapted for handling wafers during manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or electric solid state devices or components ; ; Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67005Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67011Apparatus for manufacture or treatment
67155Apparatus for manufacturing or treating in a plurality of work-stations
67161characterized by the layout of the process chambers
H01L 21/67184
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
67Apparatus specially adapted for handling semiconductor or electric solid state devices during manufacture or treatment thereof; Apparatus specially adapted for handling wafers during manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or electric solid state devices or components ; ; Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67005Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67011Apparatus for manufacture or treatment
67155Apparatus for manufacturing or treating in a plurality of work-stations
67184characterized by the presence of more than one transfer chamber
H01L 21/6719
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
67Apparatus specially adapted for handling semiconductor or electric solid state devices during manufacture or treatment thereof; Apparatus specially adapted for handling wafers during manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or electric solid state devices or components ; ; Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67005Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67011Apparatus for manufacture or treatment
67155Apparatus for manufacturing or treating in a plurality of work-stations
6719characterized by the construction of the processing chambers, e.g. modular processing chambers
H01L 21/67196
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
67Apparatus specially adapted for handling semiconductor or electric solid state devices during manufacture or treatment thereof; Apparatus specially adapted for handling wafers during manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or electric solid state devices or components ; ; Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67005Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67011Apparatus for manufacture or treatment
67155Apparatus for manufacturing or treating in a plurality of work-stations
67196characterized by the construction of the transfer chamber
H01L 21/67201
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
67Apparatus specially adapted for handling semiconductor or electric solid state devices during manufacture or treatment thereof; Apparatus specially adapted for handling wafers during manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or electric solid state devices or components ; ; Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67005Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67011Apparatus for manufacture or treatment
67155Apparatus for manufacturing or treating in a plurality of work-stations
67201characterized by the construction of the load-lock chamber
H01L 21/67207
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus adapted for the manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or solid state devices or of parts thereof
67Apparatus specially adapted for handling semiconductor or electric solid state devices during manufacture or treatment thereof; Apparatus specially adapted for handling wafers during manufacture or treatment of semiconductor or electric solid state devices or components ; ; Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67005Apparatus not specifically provided for elsewhere
67011Apparatus for manufacture or treatment
67155Apparatus for manufacturing or treating in a plurality of work-stations
67207comprising a chamber adapted to a particular process
Applicants BlueShift Technologies, Inc.
Inventors van der Meulen Peter
Agents Strategic Patents, P.C.
Priority Data 60518823 10.11.2003 US
60607649 07.09.2004 US
Title
(EN) Mid-entry load lock for semiconductor handling system
Abstract
(EN)

In a system having a number of semiconductor processing modules sharing a common vacuum environment, a mid-entry load lock is provided to permit insertion and removal of wafers into the vacuum environment at a point between various other robotic handlers, process modules, and load locks. This arrangement permits increased flexibility in scheduling when multiple wafers are processed concurrently.