23 February 2010


Taiwan's largest LED chip maker orders Ultratech lithography system

Lithography and laser-processing system maker Ultratech Inc of San Jose, CA, USA says it has received an order from Taiwan's largest LED chip manufacturer for a Sapphire 100 LED lithography system, which is specifically designed and optimized for high-brightness LED (HB-LED) manufacturing. Furthermore, the customer has provided a conditional commitment to purchase additional Sapphire 100 systems to meet its ramp requirements over the next few quarters. The Sapphire 100 tool, which was launched earlier this month, is due to be available for volume shipments in the second half of 2010. Ultratech did not disclose the customer’s name.

"This strong commitment from a top-tier Taiwan customer reinforces the value Ultratech's new Sapphire 100 system provides to HB-LED manufacturers," said Doug Anberg, Ultratech's vice president of advanced stepper technology. "HB-LEDs are expected to see strong growth over the next few years as they become increasingly integrated into the products we use in our everyday life. Ultratech's systems are specifically designed to provide cost-of-ownership advantages for leading HB-LED manufacturing facilities around the world."

Ultratech says that the Sapphire 100 was specifically designed to meet the wide range of lithography needs for HB-LED manufacturing. Building on the cost and performance advantages of the firm’s 1500 platform, the Sapphire 100 offers the added advantage of Ultratech's patented Machine Vision System (MVS), which delivers alignment flexibility with significant advantages over standard alignment techniques, it is claimed. 

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