21 March 2011

China’s ULED orders Veeco’s MOCVD reactors for LED manufacturing ramp

Epitaxial deposition and process equipment maker Veeco Instruments Inc of Plainview, NY, USA says that China-based United LED Shan Dong Corp (ULED), a joint venture formed in March 2010 between Taiwanese silicon wafer foundry United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) and Epistar (Taiwan’s biggest LED chip maker), has placed a multi-tool order for Veeco’s TurboDisc K465i gallium nitride (GaN) metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) reactors. The systems will be installed at ULED’s facility in Jining City for its high-brightness light-emitting diode (HB-LED) manufacturing ramp.

“The K465i provides the process performance and lowest cost of ownership needed to advance ULED's position as a provider of LED devices for various lighting applications,” says Dr Tzu-Chi Wen, vice president, Epi factory of United LED.

“Our systems offer key advantages, including highest capital efficiency and excellent yields, which will help establish ULED as a leader in the growing China market,” reckons Bill Miller Ph.D., executive VP, Compound Semiconductor and head of Veeco’s MOCVD operations.

With what is reckoned to be superior uniformity and run-to-run repeatability, Veeco says that the production-proven K465i extends capital efficiency (the number of good wafers per day for each capital dollar) for high-volume LED makers. The K465i provides ease-of-tuning for fast process optimization on wafer sizes up to 8 inches, as well as fast tool recovery time after maintenance, the firm adds.

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