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Markets Served

Semiconductor & Microelectronics

Semiconductor & Microelectronics
Computers, cell phones, PDAs, iPods, automobiles and appliances are the end products that create the single largest demand for microelectronics and vacuum components. Our products are used in almost every facet of semiconductor processing, starting with crystal pulling of the silicon ingots that are sliced into silicon wafers and ending with the metrology equipment used to inspect the individual integrated circuits. Nor-Cal Products is a preferred supplier of standard and custom or build-to-print components of all types to the 'front end' capital equipment manufacturers, who produce the 'cluster tools' used in semiconductor foundries or 'fabs'. Cluster tools contain several vacuum chambers providing critical wafer processing steps, including chemical vapor deposition (CVD), physical vapor deposition (PVD or sputtering) and etch. Other systems perform ion implantation and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). These require contaminant-free cleanliness and precise performance from pressure control systems, isolation valves, vacuum chambers and other system components. We also provide the piping, fittings and flanges used by the mechanical contractors to connect the vacuum pumps to the cluster tools during fab construction and expansion. The companies who manufacture the vacuum pumps and gas abatement equipment installed in the fab also purchase valves and other components from Nor-Cal. "We help supply the world with faster, smaller and less expensive electronics."

Vacuum Research & Government Labs

Vacuum Research & Government Labs The most prestigious private, university and government funded laboratories in the world are frequent customers for vacuum systems and components manufactured by Nor-Cal Products. Research disciplines include physics, chemistry and electrochemical engineering, while techniques include surface science, electron spectroscopy, gas analysis and lasers. Nor-Cal has a long history working with end users to design and integrate custom research systems for their particular experiment. We have worked extensively with synchrotron energy facilities around the world, providing beam lines and end stations, and well as with the high-energy physics community. These applications are the most demanding in terms of low pressure, vacuum integrity and cleanliness. The custom ultra-high vacuum chambers we provide are often made from 316L vacuum fired material with electropolish and special cleaning. Research instrument manufacturers are long-term customers for build-to-print vacuum chambers as well as standard valves and vacuum components. Instruments include electron scanning for chemical analysis (ESCA), scanning electron microscopes, Auger and residual gas analyzers (RGAs). "Our products help us to learn more about our world and beyond."

Flat Panel Displays

Flat Panel Displays
In recent decades, bulky cathode ray tubes have been replaced by flat screen liquid crystal displays (LCDs) or plasma for televisions. Laptop computer, cell phone, iPod and GPS screens are primarily LCDs; however there has been a recent trend toward organic light emitting diode displays (OLEDs) for those end products. Other types of commercially available flat panel displays include electroluminescent displays (ELDs). Flat panel displays of all types require the kind of pressure control systems, vacuum chambers, valves, and other components that Nor-Cal Products manufactures. Our products help insure that the flat panel systems provide adequate throughput and defect-free displays in order to supply the world with bright, crisp, colorful pictures. "Our products make the world look better.

Lighting and LEDs

Lighting and LEDs Thirty percent of the world's energy budget is for lighting or cooling required for the heat produced by it. (Ninety percent of the energy used in incandescent lights is converted to heat rather than light.) In the U.S., lighting accounts for twenty-five percent of the average home's electric bill, and sixty percent of the average commercial bill. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) can produce up to ten times more lumens per watt than incandescent lighting and up to seventy percent more than that of fluorescent lighting. Conservatively, LEDs last ten times longer than incandescent lights, and they produce a small fraction of the heat. Commercial buildings have been able to reduce their lighting energy costs by fifty percent by switching to LED lighting. LEDs are a type of microelectronic semiconductor device, but rather than being made on silicon, they are made on compound semiconductor wafers, such as Silicon-Carbide or Gallium-Arsenide. For decades Nor-Cal Products has supplied metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) equipment manufacturers with build-to-print vacuum chambers, load locks, motion transfer devices, isolation and pressure control valves, heaters, traps, flanges and fittings. We are proud of our involvement with LEDs, which could play such an important role in solving the world's energy crisis. "We help light up your world."

Industrial Coatings

Industrial Coatings
In recent decades, plating and other coating processes have been replaced with cleaner, more cost-effective vacuum thin film coating techniques. Physical vapor deposition (PVD) or sputtering, evaporation, and other deposition techniques are used to apply optical coatings to lenses and mirrors, decorative coatings to household fixtures, and wear coatings to mechanical parts. Digital and magnetic data storage devices (tapes, CDs, DVDs, and disc drives) are also manufactured using thin film coating techniques. Nor-Cal supplies the vacuum chambers, pressure control systems, valves and other components to industrial coating equipment manufacturers for R&D, small batch or production volume systems. "We make products last longer."

Energy & Environmental

Energy & Environmental Nor-Cal Products plays an integral role in the research effort for more cost-effective alternative and renewable energy sources as well as environmental cleanup. We supply vacuum products of all kinds for energy research to the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as well as other laboratories, especially for research on alternative fuels and solar energy. Most photovoltaic solar cells are made using thin film deposition techniques similar to compound semiconductor processing or industrial coating. Nor-Cal is a key supplier of vacuum chambers, pressure control, isolation valves, fittings and flanges to many existing solar cell manufacturers as well as startup companies doing R&D on next generation thin film techniques for non-semiconductor substrates, such as steel. The goal is to bring the cost of solar energy within reach of existing electrical utilities to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. "We help make your world cleaner and more energy efficient."