Dow Corning and Samsung Join Forces To Develop and Improve XLK Dielectric Materials

Apr 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from Dow Corning Corporation

    MIDLAND, Mich. and SEOUL, Korea, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- Dow Corning Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced a
 joint development agreement to develop and refine interlayer dielectric
 applications using Dow Corning(R) XLK(TM) Spin-on Dielectric.
     The agreement is designed to combine the two companies' strengths behind
 an effort to have XLK meet cutting-edge k=2.0 specifications with problem-free
 integration.
     "This agreement is a real catalyst to meet and exceed the industry roadmap
 for 70 nm production," said Hong-Jae Shin, senior engineer at Samsung.  "It is
 good news for customers when two companies with such complementary strengths
 join forces to meet the scientific and technical challenges we have laid out
 for ourselves."
     Samsung has been using Dow Corning's FOx(R) Flowable Oxide, a low-k spin-
 on dielectric, in full production for several years which reinforces Dow
 Corning's commitment to provide its customers with leading low-k materials.
 The integration of XLK, which is a porous version of the same HSQ molecule
 found in FOx, will help Samsung reach the industry's target for 70 nm node.
     Before introducing XLK last summer, Dow Corning worked with several key
 customers for more than two years on initial development, and since then has
 been working on refinements of unit processes and applications for specific
 customer needs.  Samsung evaluated various materials in search of a partner
 and product to help the company achieve low dielectric constant which only can
 be achieved by introducing porosity into the material.
     "The pressure on this industry to make chips smaller, faster and lighter
 continues unabated," said Chris Konitzer, marketing manager of Dow Corning's
 Semiconductor Fabrication Materials business.  "This agreement demonstrates
 our two companies' commitment to our existing relationship and an
 acknowledgement that XLK is one of the best candidates for k of 2.0 for the 70
 nm node."
 
     About Samsung
     Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., with 2000 sales revenue of US$27 billion is
 a world leader in the electronics industry.  The Korea-based concern has
 operations in about 50 countries with 66,000 employees worldwide.  The company
 consists of three main business units: Digital Media, Semiconductors,
 Information & Communications, and Home Appliance Businesses.  For more
 information, visit http://samsungelectronics.com .
 
    About Dow Corning
    Dow Corning Corporation (http://www.dowcorning.com ), which develops,
 manufactures and markets diverse silicon-based products, currently offers more
 than 10,000 products to customers around the world.  Dow Corning is a global
 leader in silicon-based materials with shares equally owned by The Dow
 Chemical Company and Corning Incorporated.  More than half of Dow Corning's
 sales are outside the United States.
 
     Dow Corning and FOx are a registered trademarks of Dow Corning
 Corporation.
     XLK is a trademark of Dow Corning Corporation.
 
     For product information, contact:
     Dow Corning Corporation
     Customer Service Dept.
     P.O. Box 0994
     Midland, Mich. 48686-0994
     Phone: 517-496-4000
     Toll-free: 800-346-9882
     Phone: 517-496-6000
     Fax: 517-496-4586
     Web site: http://www.dowcorning.com/electronics
     Ref. no.: P-1138
 
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    MIDLAND, Mich. and SEOUL, Korea, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- Dow Corning Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., announced a
 joint development agreement to develop and refine interlayer dielectric
 applications using Dow Corning(R) XLK(TM) Spin-on Dielectric.
     The agreement is designed to combine the two companies' strengths behind
 an effort to have XLK meet cutting-edge k=2.0 specifications with problem-free
 integration.
     "This agreement is a real catalyst to meet and exceed the industry roadmap
 for 70 nm production," said Hong-Jae Shin, senior engineer at Samsung.  "It is
 good news for customers when two companies with such complementary strengths
 join forces to meet the scientific and technical challenges we have laid out
 for ourselves."
     Samsung has been using Dow Corning's FOx(R) Flowable Oxide, a low-k spin-
 on dielectric, in full production for several years which reinforces Dow
 Corning's commitment to provide its customers with leading low-k materials.
 The integration of XLK, which is a porous version of the same HSQ molecule
 found in FOx, will help Samsung reach the industry's target for 70 nm node.
     Before introducing XLK last summer, Dow Corning worked with several key
 customers for more than two years on initial development, and since then has
 been working on refinements of unit processes and applications for specific
 customer needs.  Samsung evaluated various materials in search of a partner
 and product to help the company achieve low dielectric constant which only can
 be achieved by introducing porosity into the material.
     "The pressure on this industry to make chips smaller, faster and lighter
 continues unabated," said Chris Konitzer, marketing manager of Dow Corning's
 Semiconductor Fabrication Materials business.  "This agreement demonstrates
 our two companies' commitment to our existing relationship and an
 acknowledgement that XLK is one of the best candidates for k of 2.0 for the 70
 nm node."
 
     About Samsung
     Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., with 2000 sales revenue of US$27 billion is
 a world leader in the electronics industry.  The Korea-based concern has
 operations in about 50 countries with 66,000 employees worldwide.  The company
 consists of three main business units: Digital Media, Semiconductors,
 Information & Communications, and Home Appliance Businesses.  For more
 information, visit http://samsungelectronics.com .
 
    About Dow Corning
    Dow Corning Corporation (http://www.dowcorning.com ), which develops,
 manufactures and markets diverse silicon-based products, currently offers more
 than 10,000 products to customers around the world.  Dow Corning is a global
 leader in silicon-based materials with shares equally owned by The Dow
 Chemical Company and Corning Incorporated.  More than half of Dow Corning's
 sales are outside the United States.
 
     Dow Corning and FOx are a registered trademarks of Dow Corning
 Corporation.
     XLK is a trademark of Dow Corning Corporation.
 
     For product information, contact:
     Dow Corning Corporation
     Customer Service Dept.
     P.O. Box 0994
     Midland, Mich. 48686-0994
     Phone: 517-496-4000
     Toll-free: 800-346-9882
     Phone: 517-496-6000
     Fax: 517-496-4586
     Web site: http://www.dowcorning.com/electronics
     Ref. no.: P-1138
 
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