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1. US20070292244 - Multi-level load lock chamber, transfer chamber, and robot suitable for interfacing with same

Office United States of America
Application Number 11424461
Application Date 15.06.2006
Publication Number 20070292244
Publication Date 20.12.2007
Grant Number 7695232
Grant Date 13.04.2010
Publication Kind B2
IPC
H01L 21/67
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus specially 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
H01L 21/677
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
LSEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES; ELECTRIC SOLID STATE DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
21Processes or apparatus specially 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
677for conveying, e.g. between different work stations
CPC
H01L 21/67742
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
677for conveying, e.g. between different workstations
67739into and out of processing chamber
67742Mechanical parts of transfer devices
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
Y10S 414/135
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
STECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
414Material or article handling
135Associated with semiconductor wafer handling
Y10T 29/49826
YSECTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES SPANNING OVER SEVERAL SECTIONS OF THE IPC; TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC CROSS-REFERENCE ART COLLECTIONS [XRACs] AND DIGESTS
10TECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER USPC
TTECHNICAL SUBJECTS COVERED BY FORMER US CLASSIFICATION
29Metal working
49Method of mechanical manufacture
49826Assembling or joining
Applicants Applied Materials, Inc.
Inventors Moore Robert B.
Ruhland Eric
Sundar Satish
Silvetti Mario David
Agents Patterson &; Sheridan, LLP
Title
(EN) Multi-level load lock chamber, transfer chamber, and robot suitable for interfacing with same
Abstract
(EN)

A new apparatus for processing substrates is disclosed. A multi-level load lock chamber having four environmentally isolated chambers interfaces with a transfer chamber that has a robotic assembly. The robotic assembly has two arms that each can move horizontally as the robotic assembly rotates about its axis. The arms can reach into the isolated chambers of the load lock to receive substrates from the bottom isolated chambers, transport the substrates to process chambers, and then place the substrates in the upper chambers. The isolated chambers in the load lock chamber may have a pivotably attached lid that may be opened to access the inside of the isolated chambers.