INFICON Introduces Guardian Co-Deposition Controller at Intersolar North America 2008

Most accurate control of simultaneous
co-deposition of multiple materials for
CIGS films

Syracuse, NY - July 8, 2008: INFICON will showcase its new Guardian ™ Co-Deposition Controller, powered by electron impact emission spectroscopy (EIES) to significantly improve the reproducibility of film quality during fabrication of CIGS films, at this year's Intersolar North America, July 15 - 17 in San Francisco. For solar photovoltaic cell manufacturing, Guardian provides precise control of deposition rates from 0.1 to 10,000 Å/s. The system operates one or two sensors, up to 8 optical inputs and controls up to 8 deposition sources, enabling co-deposition of up to 8 materials.
The unique Guardian EIES sensor (patent pending) measures deposition rates more accurately without interference from residual gases while monitoring CIGS processes. Its Windows®-based software provides easy setup and operation of multi-material thin film deposition processes. It is fully compatible with INFICON Sentinel sensors, providing easy integration into existing systems. Guardian Co-Deposition Controller is ideal for controlling simultaneous co-deposition of multiple materials in applications such as CIGS for photovoltaics, MBE, OLEDs, and superconducting thin films.

For more information, contact INFICON, Two Technology Place, East Syracuse, NY 13057-9714, +1.315.434.1100, email:,

INFICON is a leading provider of innovative instrumentation, critical sensor technologies, and advanced process control software that enhance the productivity and quality of sophisticated vacuum processes in highly specialized markets. These analysis, measurement and control products are vital to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end-users in the complex fabrication of semiconductors and thin film coatings for flat panel displays, solar cells, magnetic and optical storage media, scientific and consumer optics, and architectural glass coatings. They are essential for gas leak detection in air conditioning/refrigeration/automotive manufacturing. Other industrial users of our vacuum technology include the life sciences, research, aerospace, food packaging, heat treating, sterilization, and laser cutting. We also leverage our expertise in vacuum technology to provide unique, toxic chemical analysis products for emergency response, security, and environmental monitoring. INFICON has world-class manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe and subsidiaries in China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. INFICON registered shares (IFCN) are listed on the SWX Swiss Stock Exchange. For more information about INFICON and its products, please visit

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