Vision 2000-P™ XD

High sensitivity residual gas analysers for
select pressure & PVD processes
Designed to monitor critical gas species at a selected pressure, from base vacuum up to 10 Torr. It is ideally suited to monitor vacuum integrity, contamination levels, or dynamics of specific process-related gases within semiconductor and thin film PVD process tools, and to alert operators about conditions that can negatively impact product yield.

The Vision 2000-P XD incorporates V-lens™ technology, taking the proven performance of the Vision 2000-P system to a new level of sensitivity and reliability, previously unachievable with conventional quadrupole mass spectrometry systems (QMS).

Key features

  • PVD contamination monitoring (inc. hydrocarbons) to sub-ppm levels
  • Cleaner baseline and lower noise across the mass scale
  • Up to 10 times increased sensitivity at lower masses (<15ppb)
  • Process Eye™ Professional software for data acquisition, interpretation, recall & alarming
  • Pressure selection and response time optimized with inlet valve and orifice options

V-lens™ Technology

Degas processes typically employ inert gases such as Argon or Nitrogen. The use of these gases can be challenging as they generate an elevated baseline in RGAs due to large amounts of chemical background noise caused by metastable decay. This results in reduced sensitivity which can be problematic for manufacturers who want to identify changes in trace gases (which are indicative of issues during the manufacturing process) quickly and easily.

V-lens technology, a unique enabling solution, helps to overcome this issue by providing a consistently low mass independent baseline and detection levels in the low ppb range. This is achieved with unique ion optics that utilize a patented double-focusing and deflection mechanism that significantly reduces background and enhances sensitivity (see figure).

The result is a gas analyzer with limits of detection in the low ppb range without compromise to any other aspect of instrument performance.

This state-of-the-art RGA technology is integrated with Process Eye Professional control platform, a recipe based, user-configurable software program. The combination of V-lens, a closed ion source, and automated inlet allows for sensitive and reproducible monitoring of the complete ALD, CVD, or Etch process cycle.

By maximizing the ratio between ALD, CVD, or Etch chamber gas signals and the gas background in the differentially pumped analyzer housing, the V-lens and closed ion source enables low ppm-level detection for trace contaminants in the process gas.

Closed Ion Source

The Vision 2000-P XD incorporates a closed ion source and a custom inlet valve with an optimized high conductance, low surface area path to the PVD process chamber. With this source, the system is able to monitor the complete PVD process cycle, from base vacuum to process pressures of up to 0.01 mbar, without the need for a pressure reduction inlet. By maximizing the ratio between process gas signals and the gas background in the differentially pumped Vision 2000-P XD analyzer housing, the closed ion source in combination with V-lens enables low ppb levels of detection for trace contaminants in the process gas.

Remote Vacuum Controller

Each Vision 2000-P XD system incorporates a Remote Vacuum Controller (RVC) module that provides failsafe protection for both the process tool and the RGA. Furthermore, it allows full operation and control of RGA system components (filaments, pumps, inlet valves, etc.) from the system PC.

Process Eye™ Professional Control Platform

The Vision 2000-P XD analyzer uses Process Eye Professional. This highly flexible, modular application uses recipes to specify how the instrument scans, displays data, and responds to the acquired data. Recipes, user configurable using the “Recipe Wizard,” allow customized warnings and alarm levels, triggered whenever the process exceeds preset levels.

Associated bar chart spectra and recently captured spectra are stored in a data buffer for easy review. Recipes can be linked together for the optimum monitoring of various phases of a particular process, or to facilitate automatic calibration using pre-defined calibration recipes. The single button push (or external signal) initiation of a Process Eye Professional recipe eliminates the need for highly skilled, full-time operators.

The flexibility of Process Eye Professional allows recipes to be configured that will:

  • Define data acquisition and data display parameters, along with any on-line data processing required to convert data into relevant units and information
  • Display data in simultaneous “bar chart” and “data trend” formats, allowing the comprehensive and clear investigation of significant trend events
  • Incorporate custom warnings and alarms, triggered or terminated when data highlights that process conditions have deviated from normal conditions
  • Monitor and display other parameters as trends (temperature, gas flow rate, power, pressure, etc.)
  • In addition, Process Eye Professional provides “live history” for quick on-line review of data trend events. Recently captured bar chart spectra are stored in a data buffer and can be reviewed by moving a cursor over the associated trend plot.


Using the TOOLweb RGA sensor integration option for process tools, the Vision 2000-P XD can be used as a degas chamber sensor in a completely automated process environment (see figure). TOOLweb RGA maintains a constant monitoring of tool activities with all sensor data being framed by wafer logistics before alarm models are applied. Full alarm and data reporting to the FAB host and FDC are available allowing real-time monitoring of chamber conditions and flagging of any process excursions from ideal conditions.