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Precision Cleaving Tools Ensure the Same Results Every Time

Responding to seemingly insatiable consumer demands for smaller and more powerful devices, chip transistor density doubles every two years. Keeping pace with this drive to miniaturize components while increasing wafer size, LatticeGear specializes in state-of-the-art wafer cleaving tools and technology.

Wide range of wafer cleaving tools ensures accuracy, every time

A favored vendor accredited by industrial labs and research institutions worldwide, the LatticeGear product line includes specialized cleaving platforms, stations and hand-held tools:

  • LatticeAx series: these patented cleaving platforms (120, 225 and 420) are designed for different uses, ranging from industrial labs to cleanrooms and nanofabs, ensuring identical outcomes, day after day;
  • Cleaving stations: with or without mats, these kits include a variety of handheld scribers and cleaving pliers, as well as tweezers, rulers and tungsten cleaving wire, designed for samples ranging from whole wafers to small pieces;
  • Small sample cleaver: this innovative sample holder has a cleaving platform that can work securely with chips as small as 2×2 mm.

Always working on the cutting edge of scribing and cleaving tool technology

No matter how carefully they are prepared, manual wafer cleaving often results in sub-par samples. This is why LatticeGear founder Janet Teshima is exploring automated scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Avoiding the pitfalls undermining analyses of advanced materials, these techniques are saving time through better quality samples.

Getting expert help from LatticeGear

Since 2012, LatticeGear has been streamlining sample preparation through cutting-edge scribing and cleaving tools and processes. Experienced researchers, engineers, and technicians know that LatticeGear is the go to company when they need streamlined solutions for complex projects. Give us a call today at (503) 828-0040, and we’ll be happy to explore some innovative approaches to scribing or cleaving problems.

New Tungsten Scribers

New in 2021, LatticeGear has a line of Tungsten Carbide Cutters. These hand tools have 5” long handle and a tungsten carbide cutting wheel for creating an accurate and clean pre-cleave scribe on wafers, especially Glass or Silicon. For some material combinations, these cutters will create less damage and particle contamination than pointed tip diamond scribers. The line consists of 4 cutters and a kit:


For additional information, see our Carbide Cutter Guide.

DinoCapture Software Tips for LatticeAx 225 Users

Getting ready for online training I found some useful drawing tools I was not previously aware of. They include a cross-hair tool, cross-hair tool with reticule, and magnification calibrated measurement. Download the pdf using the link below. Let us know if you find these features useful too!

Dinolite software for 225 Users



Tips on How to Use the LatticeAx 420 StCamSWare

For obvious reasons, I have spent some time thinking about ways to provide remote training for our customers. I also want to improve our written materials. A few LatticeAx 420 users have asked questions about how to use the software drawing and text features. If you are interested in this document, send me an email

Coming to ISTFA? Visit LatticeGear’s CleaveLandia Booth 819

We are expecting to learn the latest in failure analysis techniques and tools at #ISTFA. LatticeGear invites you to CleaveLandia where you can see the latest in scribing and cleaving. For fun we will be taking photos and have bags of gold for the first 100 participants!

Visit CleaveLandia at ISTFA 2019
Visit LatticeGear booth 819 ISTFA

LatticeGear Scribing and Cleaving Portfolio to Support Wafer and Sample Preparation of Photonic Materials at MIT

MIT’s Jaramillo group is integrating LatticeGear solutions into their wafer/sample preparation workflow for controlled, damage-free wafer downsizing that is critical to their device fabrication process.

LatticeGear cleaving portfolio in supports photonic research
Jaramillo group at MIT uses LatticeGear cleaving portfolio in support of photonic research

Hillsboro, OR; October 15, 2019.  The Jaramillo Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has adopted LatticeGear’s complete scribing and cleaving tool portfolio in support of their research on photonic devices. LatticeGear solutions were chosen for their ability to deliver precisely-placed, mirror-finish cleaved edges, wafer downsizing and experiments in photonic properties—without generating particles or damaging the surface. The complete suite of tools – patented LatticeAx® and FlipScribe®, plus FlexScribe and Small Sample Cleaver – were recently installed at MIT.

Read the full release here


Akshay Singh, Jaramillo Research Group Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jaramillo Lab (DMSE)

Efrat Moyal, LatticeGear LLC


Yale Adds New Scribing and Cleaving Solutions to Downsize Wafers and Singulate Devices in the University Cleanroom

For Immediate Release


Dr. Yong Sun – Cleanroom Director
Department of Applied Physics,
Yale University

Efrat Moyal, Co-Founder
LatticeGear, LLC.

Yale Adds New Scribing and Cleaving Solutions to Downsize Wafers and Singulate Devices in the University Cleanroom

Implementing the full suite of LatticeGear solutions in the University Cleanroom allowed researchers to precisely prepare their samples using scribing and cleaving and without introducing particles to the cleanroom.

Hillsboro, OR; October 10, 2019. Researchers at the Yale University Cleanroom, a core facility with over 120 users, now are using LatticeGear’s portfolio of scribing and cleaving tools for downsizing and singulating wafers in the cleanroom. Following successful implementation of LatticeGear’s LatticeAx® 300 cleaving system in 2015, the University Cleanroom management added LatticeGear’s FlipScribe®, FlexScribe and Small Sample Cleaver to the tools available for their users.

“In comparison to those big dicing saws, LatticeGear provides a scribing/cleaving solution that’s small in footprint yet extremely capable’” states Dr. Yong Sun, the cleanroom director.
Dr. Sun continues, “Yale University Cleanroom bought the first generation of Ax300. Since the purchase, the dicing saw usage has been reduced to only a handful times every year. The detailed LatticeGear training materials online make it easy to manage the system. Because of our love for the Ax300, we recently purchased two more LatticeGear tools: FlexScribe and FlipScribe. So far, the feedback is quite positive. We can safely say that, with FlexScribe and FlipScribe, users will have a hard time going back to use any hand scribe tool. ”

Yale University Cleanroom was an early adopter for LatticeAx, and with the scribing tool in the cleanroom, it became very convenient for users to prepare a wide variety of samples – including III-V materials, sapphire, silicon and glass – cleanly and with high quality. Many of the users’ samples are preferred not to leave the cleanroom before downsizing or singulating, Dr. Sun believed the LatticeAx provided an excellent alternative to other methods. The LatticeAx has had an increasing number of users since its installation and has proven to be indispensable for creating high quality facets on difficult substrates.

LatticeGear co-founder, Efrat Moyal, says “we are excited to be part of the paradigm shift in the wafer/sample processing workflow at the University Cleanroom of Yale. LatticeGear believes that a good sample preparation workflow is key to successful, speedy and accurate results. By inserting the LatticeGear suite of tools into the process, wafer/sample preparation is removed as a roadblock. We are confident that Yale’s willingness to adopt new tools and methods will lead to breakthroughs in research.”

Yale University Cleanroom at the Department of Applied Physics
The University Cleanroom is a Core Facility administrated by the Department of Applied Physics. It is operated as an internal service provider to the Yale research community. The University Cleanroom serves over 120 graduate students and researchers across campus.

LatticeGear, LLC.
LatticeGear is committed to removing sample preparation as a barrier to developing advanced devices using new materials and processes. The flagship products, LatticeAx®, FlipScribe® and FlexScribe use novel scribing and cleaving technology to enable fast, clean downsizing and cross-sectioning for a variety of materials including glass, sapphire, III-V, SiC and silicon, from 300-mm wafers to 1-mm pieces.

Join MITnano for Tool Talks and Workshop with LatticeGear


Thursday, September 5, 2019

12-0168, MIT.nano (basement level), Building 12
60 Vassar Street (rear)
Cambridge, MA

Substrate downsizing, singulating and cross-sectioning is a common practice for process development, experiments and analysis. Cleaving is the most desired technology to use as it is the only dry, clean, room temperature method that maintains all the parts without altering the process layers. The challenge with standard cleaving is the control and repeatability over quality and accuracy outcome. Therefore, we often resort to alternative methods, like dicing saw and FIB milling. LatticeGear focuses its entire product portfolio on cleaving technologies that challenges one assumptions about cleaving and scribing capabilities. The patented scribeless cleaving technology initiates the cleave with only microline indentation, no scribing and no particles, which makes it cleanroom compatible. The unique, patented scribing tool scribes on the backside to protect frontside features, ideal for clean, surface touchless downsizing. These technologies coupled with correct planning of the substrate preparation workflow based on the substrate characteristics and the outcome required enable downsizing and cross-sectioning for a variety of materials including glass, sapphire, III-V, SiC and silicon, and 300-mm wafer to 1-mm die. It even cleaves freestanding structures deposited by e-beam lithography and <100-µm thin substrate.

Join the workshop and learn how to handle your substrates successfully.

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