The tiniest little particles can upset the process of making a high-performing chip. Our clean rooms have less than 100 particles per cubic foot compared to a hospital's 10,000 particles.
To help keep contamination to a minimum we do many things, such as wearing stylish bunny suits like this:
Goggles protect your eyes and are worn at all times in the manufacturing fabrication (fab) area. And they make a fashion statement.
CAP OR HOOD
Keeps human gunk (skin, hair, clothing fibers, and any other particles) from contaminating our wafers.
GOWN OR "BUNNY SUIT"
Carbon filament helps reduce static field generation and contains dust, airborne microbes, and aerosol particles. Wearing this makes you look totally cool.
Synthetic gloves help keep the fab environment pristine and safe for wafer production. You'll feel like a doctor.
BOOTIES OR SHOE COVERS
Booties slip over your shoes and help prevent electrostatic discharge (ESD) which may damage our sensitive chips.
We use a proprietary process to create flash memory chips. Wafers are super sensitive and human hands are never allowed to touch the delicate material because we, as humans, are dirty. We all produce oil. Oil and wafers don't mix.
Letting our robots do the work keeps our wafers and our people safe (and safety is one of our highest priorities).
A Safe Working Environment is Job #1
Our people are our biggest asset and we take pride in workplace safety. In fact, we won the Utah Manufacturer's Association's "Award of Excellence" for outstanding performance in creating a safe workplace environment.
Building the perfect wafer involves a masterful symphony of layering. Each wafer we create is moved by our automated robots through more than 800 processes over several weeks.