The springform pan is frequently used for making cheesecakes. While similar to the traditional cheesecake pan the springform actually releases from the sides as well as the bottom. This helps keep delicate crusts and cakes intact while removing them from the pan.
Additionally many of the pans have non-stick surfaces which help to insure a smooth release from the pan.Springform pans come in round, square and even specialty oblong shapes.
Cheesecake pans come in a variety of sizes from little individual pans to large commercial pans up to 14 inches in diameter. The most useful size pan for a home cheesecake recipe would be an 8" or 10" pan.
Springform pans are made from tin, aluminum and even silicone. Just like the cheesecake pan they can be found as small as 4.5 inches up to 12 inches. Many of the newer pans are manufactured to be "leakproof" so you don't have to bother wrapping the bottom with foil as you may need to do with older pans.