Mask etch processing apparatus

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 7879151
APP PUB NO 20070007660A1
SERIAL NO

11530676

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Method and apparatus for supporting and transferring a substrate in a semiconductor wafer processing system are provided. In one aspect, an apparatus is provided for supporting a substrate comprising a cover ring comprising a base having a bore disposed therethough, the base having an upper surface and one or more raised surfaces disposed adjacent the bore, wherein the raised surface comprise one or more first substrate support members disposed adjacent an edge of the bore and a capture ring disposed on the cover ring, the capture ring comprising a semi-circular annular ring having an inner perimeter corresponding to the bore of the cover ring and one or more second substrate support members disposed on the inner perimeter and adapted to receive a substrate, wherein the capture ring is adapted to mate with the cover ring and form one contiguous raised surface on the cover ring.

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APPLIED MATERIALS, INC.SANTA CLARA, CA5616

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Mak, Alfred W Union City, US 43 1831
Nguyen, Khiem San Jose, US 14 169
Satitpunwaycha, Peter Santa Clara, US 22 360

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5469035 Two-axis magnetically coupled robot 71 1994
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5673922 Apparatus for centering substrates on support members 17 1995
5632873 Two piece anti-stick clamp ring 50 1995
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5820685 Wafer support device 42 1997
5922133 Multiple edge deposition exclusion rings 30 1997
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* 6123804 Sectional clamp ring 35 1999
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ASML HOLDING N.V. (1)
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TOKYO ELECTRON LIMITED (2)
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