7 January 2010


OIPT reports record demand for ion beam tools

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT) of Yatton, Bristol, UK says that it has seen a significant boost in demand for its Ionfab ion beam etch and deposition tools, with 2009 being the best year ever for sales of the systems. Orders for systems have been received both for R&D and production applications, from a range of customers worldwide.

These include sales to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) for R&D; Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology for ultra-low-temperature R&D etch; CEA LETI in Grenoble, France for R&D; and from a major manufacturer in China for an Ionfab500 System to undertake medium batch optical coating production.

OIPT says that Ionfab allows the versatility and flexibility to perform etch and/or deposition, maximizing system utilization. Specifications can be closely tuned to applications, enabling faster and repeatable process results, says the firm, and offering functionality in multiple modes: ion beam etching (IBE), reactive ion beam etching (RIBE), chemically assisted ion beam etching (CAIBE), ion beam sputter deposition (IBSD) and ion-assisted sputter deposition (IASD).

Picture: Mark Vosloo, sales & customer service director.

“OIPT is one of the few companies in our technology sector that has not only weathered the recession but also grown significantly,” says the firm's sales & customer service director Mark Vosloo. “Each of these Ionfab ion beam systems has been custom built for individual customer applications, from R&D to production, etch and deposition,” he adds. “Versatility, coupled with excellent uniformity and process results, mean that OIPT is increasingly becoming the supplier of choice for ion beam systems,” he concludes.

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