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Pivotal Systems provides the best-in-class gas flow monitoring and control technology platform for the global semiconductor industry

The company’s proprietary hardware and software utilizes advanced machine learning to enable preventative diagnostic capability resulting in an order of magnitude increase in fab productivity and capital efficiency for existing and future technology nodes.

The platform includes Pivotal Gas Flow Controller (GFC) product lines that offer high accuracy, real-time monitoring and control of the most critical parameters difficult to control in wafer processing today: Gas Flow and Chamber Condition.

Our goal is to boost fab productivity and capital efficiency by an order of magnitude for existing and future technology nodes.

This vision is realised through our GFC, GFM, and Sensor X product lines, which provide high-resolution, real-time monitoring and control of the most difficult-to-manage factors in wafer processing today: Gas Flow and Chamber Condition.

By preventing catastrophic scrap events, leading IDMs, foundries, and OEMs that employ Pivotal technologies can drastically boost yield and productivity., tightening process windows and matching chambers more effectively.

Our products

Pivotal’s products help IDMs, foundries, and OEMs increase yield and productivity by preventing catastrophic scrap events, tightening process windows, and better matching chambers.

Pivotal Systems now has high-capacity manufacturing facilities in the United States and Korea to accommodate increasing industry demand, and the business has quadrupled its total unit production every year since 2014.

As the semiconductor industry’s process geometries drop to 10 nm and beyond, highly accurate, sensitive, and repeatable gas flow control during wafer processing becomes increasingly important.

Our journey and our path

Best-in-class MFCs are failing to achieve the precision, settling time, and repeatability requirements necessary to ensure high yield and matched chambers with the introduction of low gas flow rates, short processing durations, and continuous plasma processing.

The GFC from Pivotal Systems sets the path for gas flow control in the future.

Pivotal’s unique, high-accuracy GFMTM system is combined with patented control valve technology in the GFC.

John Hoffman, CEO

John Hoffman has over 25 years of global high technology management experience in both the semiconductor and information technology areas, where he has built growth companies.

Prior to joining Pivotal Systems, John worked as a Senior VP at Spencer Trask Ventures, a venture capital firm based in New York.

John was mostly active in the firm’s solar and integrated circuit activities while at Spencer Trask. John was the Chief Executive Officer of Raging Wire Enterprise Solutions, an Inc 500 fastest growing private company, prior to joining Spencer Trask. During John’s tenure, the corporation was reformed, allowing for record sales and profit growth.

For the semiconductor manufacturing business, Pivotal Systems provides best-in-class monitoring and process control technology.

  • Industry: Semiconductors

  • Company size: 11-50 employees

  • Headquarters: Fremont, California

  • Type: Privately Held

Sources and references : Pivotal

Story By : Swiftnlift Business Magazine

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