The term "wafer" comes from the semiconductor industry and refers to the typical shape of a round silicon wafer. Our extensive range of glass wafers includes wafers made from the widest selection of specialty glass. We regularly manufacture polished glass wafers made of borosilicate glass like BOROFLOAT® or MEMpax® from SCHOTT (high-quality replacements for PYREX 7740 glass) for the semiconductor industry. Those wafers are often used for anodic bonding processes of glass with silicon, because the coefficients of thermal expansion of these materials is close to the one of silicon. As well, we produce wafers of low-alkali glass, optical grade glass and various very other special high quality glass types. An overview about the glass materials we use for the production of glass wafers can be found on this website under the heading "Standard Glass Wafers" on the right.
The wafers have, depending on the material, either polished or very high-quality fire-polished surfaces. Fire-polished glass materials often offer an even better micro roughness and smoothness than mechanically polished glass materials do. Our standard wafers usually offer an excellent flatness which in the case of fire-polished materials ultimately is depending on properties of the raw glass. Numerous MEMS applications and a variety of other micro-optical and general optical applications are possible with these glass wafers. Also the packaging of optoelectronic semiconductor components is a common application. Last but not least, many wafers made of these specialty glass materials are used in research and for a wide range of scientific applications.
We are continuously producing wafers made of quartz glass, fused silica and numerous other special glasses. But we also process glass wafers for more moderate requirements made of more economical glass materials, such as our selected float glass which can often be used as so-called "dummy wafers", are part of our daily production. This kind of wafers can often lead to significant cost savings.
Our standard glass wafers can be supplied with a SEMI-standard flat as known from silicon wafers, used for the manufacturing of semiconductor chips. If necessary, however, it is also possible to process customer-specific dimensions and shapes. A special CNC-machining and edge configuration is also possible for some materials at sufficiently large quantities. In the case of large production-batches special edge shapes and notches as are customary for example in the semiconductor industry can be applied. In addition to the specifications listed in this data sheet, we can provide the machining of custom glass wafers with decreased TTV (total thickness variation) as well as an increased surface quality on request. Also custom polishing is part of our capabilities. If you have any query, just contact us. We will gladly answer your questions.
Please use our inquiry form to request a quotation for your glass wafer made of borosilicate glass or from any other glass material based on a custom design. Or ask for an offer for our always available glass wafers listed in this website. Just click on one of the possible thicknesses listed on the right.
To send an inquiry about a custom machined glass wafer you haven't found in this website please click on the following button:
The following glass wafers are available practically at any time, usually even within the scope of our 48h-Express Optics Service. Please click on the desired thickness to request the respective wafer:
Of course custom precision machining is possible at batch quantities. Please send your request in case the glass wafers above don't meet your process requirements.
All given details and specifications are mean reference values and are not guaranteed. In addition, please consider our "Notes on technical specifications"