17 March 2020
KONKA enters micro-LED pilot production with Aixtron AIX G5+ C and AIX 2800G4-TM MOCVD systems
Deposition equipment maker Aixtron SE of Herzogenrath, near Aachen, Germany says that China-based KONKA Group Co Ltd has ordered multiple AIX G5+ C and AIX 2800G4-TM metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) systems to build its own volume production of gallium nitride (GaN)-based and arsenide-phosphide (AsP)-based mini- and micro-LEDs. KONKA, which recently announced its plans to enter the North American consumer electronics market in 2020, established its micro-LED initiative as a joint venture with Chongqing Liangshan Industrial Investment Co. Most recently, the Chinese electronics manufacturer has launched its Smart Wall micro-LED TV.
Micro-LED technology is on the verge of superseding existing display technologies for next-generation consumer products. Since displays made of micro-LEDs consist of micron-sized LED arrays forming individual sub-pixel elements, they offer the lowest power consumption while simultaneously exhibiting superior pixel density, contrast ratio and brightness. Compared with existing LCD and OLED technologies, micro-LEDs open new opportunities for the design of consumer mobile products as well as premium TV displays.
“Aixtron’s market-leading fully automated MOCVD tools AIX G5+ C and AIX 2800G4-TM perfectly meet our tightened wavelength uniformity requirements for micro-LED manufacturing,” comments Dr Allen Tsai, general manager & CEO at Chongqing KONKA Optoelectronics Technology Research Institute Co Ltd. “The advanced Planetary technology stands out due to excellent wavelength uniformity, high yield and efficient high-volume manufacturing at lowest cost per wafer. Besides our commercial market entry for micro-LED applications, Chongqing KONKA and Micro Crystal Transfer Group will develop new technologies and applications based on GaN materials,” he adds.
“Following the recent qualification of our AIX G5+ C tool for micro-LED production means another step forward in the commercialization of our system technology for micro-LED manufacturing,” says Aixtron president Dr Bernd Schulte. “We are looking forward to the further cooperation with KONKA,” he adds. “Aixtron will continue to support the joint effort between Chongqing KONKA and Micro Crystal Transfer Group for their development of new technologies and applications based on GaN materials.”