21 March 2011

OIPT sells systems to European LED maker Optogan

UK-based etch, deposition and growth system maker Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology (OIPT) says that, as demand for LED lighting increases, the firm is playing an increasingly important role in the manufacture of high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs). In particular, LED maker Optogan Group of Landshut, Germany has placed a multi-system order for Oxford Instruments’ etch and deposition systems, including PlasmaPro System133 ICP and PlasmaPro 800Plus RIE etch systems plus a PlasmaPro 800Plus deposition system.

The PlasmaPro System133 process tool offers up to 27 x 2” batch etch capability for gallium nitride (GaN)-on-sapphire wafers, while the PlasmaPro 800Plus tools present a flexible solution for plasma etching and deposition processes on large batches of up to 43 x 2” wafers, in a compact footprint, open-loading system.

Founded in Helsinki, Finland in 2004 by Russian entrepreneurs and scientists from Ioffe Institute in St Petersburg, Optogan is a vertically integrated develoer and manufacturer of HB-LEDs for applications including solid-state lighting. In addition to having an R&D facility in Helsinki, since founding Optogan GmbH in Germany in 2005 it has established epitaxy and chip R&D plus a pilot line in Dortmund and, last year, its Fab1 chip fabrication plant in Landshut. Also, after founding CJSC Optogan in Russia in 2009, last May it acquired the industrial facility and infrastructure of Elcoteq in St Petersburg, where it has established LED component and luminaire production lines. The firm has ordered the OIPT systems for installation at its high-volume production manufacturing line in Landshut.

“Optogan has successfully operated one of our systems for several years, and has now chosen further Oxford Instruments’ production systems for their large-batch, high-yield and high-speed capabilities,” says OIPT’s sales & customer support director Mark Vosloo. “We offer customers the advanced technology systems and processes, supported by expert engineers for installation and after care the industry demands,” he adds.

“We have been working with Oxford Instruments’ systems successfully for several years,” comments Hans-Peter Ehweiner, managing director of Optogan GmbH. “High throughput, repeatability, and excellent local customer support are the key factors to ensuring our strong growth of LED chip manufacturing in Germany.”

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