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17 March 2009


Aqualite using Aixtron CCS MOCVD reactors for LED chip production

Aixtron AG of Aachen, Germany says that in third and fourth quarters of 2008 it delivered three Close Coupled Showerhead (CCS) CRIUS metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems, in 31x2"-wafer configuration, for the production of gallium nitride (GaN) LEDs by Aqualite Co Ltd of Wuhan, China. Aqualite intends to use the reactors to develop and produce blue, green and white LED chips.

“Features that we particularly favor include the process versatility, reproducibility and the wafer-to-wafer and run-to-run uniformity,” says Aqualite’s CEO James Dong. “We look forward to once again working closely with our local Aixtron team,” he adds.

AquaLite was founded in 2006 and holds several US and Chinese patents, based on proprietary technology for the mass production of epitaxial wafers and power chips. Sponsored by the Chinese Hi-Tech ‘863’ programs and the National Torch Plan and with investment from Wuhan Hi-Tech Group, TianDi Growth Capital and InfoTech Ventures, Aqualite undertakes both R&D and high-volume production of GaN-based LED power chips for solid-state lighting applications in China. The firm’s roadmap targeted an annual capacity of 3600 millions chips from its 55000m² plant by the end of 2008.

Just last week Electro Scientific Industries Inc (ESI) of Portland, OR, USA said that AquaLite was using its AccuScribe 2112 wafer scribing system (delivered last September) to help it ramp up production.

See related items:

Aixtron’s growth in Q4/2008 driven by Asian LED manufacturing

EpiLEDs orders further Aixtron CRIUS reactors

See: Aixtron Company Profile

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