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2 April 2008


M-Com orders Veeco As/P MOCVD reactor

Millenium Communication Co Ltd (M-Com) of Hsinchu, Taiwan has ordered a TurboDisc E450 arsenic phosphide (As/P) MOCVD system from Veeco Instruments Inc of Woodbury, NY, USA for the production of high-efficiency III-V-based multi-junction solar cells.

Established in January 2001, M-Com manufactures gallium arsenide and silicon solar cells, as well as optoelectronic components such as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), edge-emitting lasers, and resonant-cavity LEDs (RC-LEDs). The firm also packages MMIC/LNFET (monolithic microwave integrated circuits/low-noise field-effect transistors).

“We expect that adding this tool into production will help us to reduce our cost-per-chip ten-fold, which is critical as we continue to gain market share in the photovoltaic cell market,” says M-Com’s general manager Lih-Wen Laih.

“M-Com's selection of our TurboDisc E450 As/P MOCVD system is further evidence of its ability to produce consistently high yields of premium multi-junction solar cell devices,” says Sam DiRenzo, VP, general manager of Veeco's MOCVD operations. “The E450 has the industry's highest throughput, which has made it the top-selling MOCVD tool for this application,” he claims.

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