Table of Contents

Solid State Technology

Year 2006
Issue 11



ESD and contamination control considerations are not mutually exclusive

Resolving issues must begin with an understanding of the fundamentals of both contamination and ESD control

Your Market Analysis

Cleanroom markets in the Americas

Other than U.S., most countries will continue to be minor players

Setting The Standard

Revised, new, and future recommended practices

Highlights from IEST’s contamination control division Standards and Practices Committee 3: Procedural

Letters To The Editor

In a moment of pique...

Intending to commiserate with your frustration and encourage you to continue what I believe to be an important campaign to improve oversight of the CSP process, I wrote you a letter that failed to present both sides of this issue (CleanRooms, September 2006).

From The Editor

Looking forward to the holidays and beyond

It’s true we haven’t even celebrated Thanksgiving yet, though it seems we’ve already moved on to Christmas season planning (at least the retail industry thinks we have).


Wafer Transition Program

Wafer transition program elaborated

With extensive industry feedback, the International SEMATECH Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI; has detailed the initial scope of its 300 mm Prime (300 Prime) effort

Nationwide Recall Of Sto

Nationwide recall of store-brand acetaminophen caplets

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently alerted the public to a voluntary recall being conducted by Perrigo Company (Perrigo) of Allegan, Michigan, for 383 lots of acetaminophen 500 mg caplets manufactured and distributed under various store brands.

Nafa Announces 2006 Clea

NAFA announces 2006 Clean Air Award recipients

The National Air Filtration Association (NAFA), the trade association for heating, ventilating and air conditioning air filter manufacturers and distributors around the world, has announced the recipients of the Clean Air Awards for 2006.

Positive Development For

Positive development for mad cow disease detection

BSafE Innovations Inc. (BSafE), a joint venture company dedicated to veterinary applications of prion research, has announced preliminary findings from its most recent testing.

2006 2007 Scholarship Pr

2006-2007 scholarship program announced

The Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST) recently announced three scholarships for full-time students in the educational programs of science or engineering.

Modern Materials Present

Modern materials present new contamination problems in semiconductor processes

In the good old days-say, five years ago-shrinking semiconductor features meant contamination challenges due to eliminating smaller particles.



News snippets from the world of contanimation control

Lithium Ion Production A

Lithium-ion production and R&D facility underway

EaglePicher Technologies, LLC (Inkster, MI; a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries



Development of a fan filter unit test standard, laboratory validations, and applications across industries

Standard testing of FFU performance provides useful data for better understanding and characterization of FFU products


On the surface: Selecting the right cleanroom wiper

Understanding the wiping application enables cleanroom professionals to select the optimum wiper for their task

Special Report

Keeping research clean

Innovative cleanroom use helps cut time, money from product development cycles


New Products

new products

Each month, Clean Rooms brings you a collection of the latest product innovations in the contamination-control industry.

Product Spotlight

Swabs and wipers

Swabs and wipers are essential for cleaning critical surfaces in the cleanroom, and with today’s strict contamination control regulations, it’s important to know what products are available to meet your cleanliness requirements.