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21 August 2007


EpiValley ramps up production for BLU side-view LEDs with three new CRIUS systems

Aixtron AG of Aachen Germany says that, in second-quarter 2007, it received a further repeat order from EpiValley Co Ltd of Kwangju City, South Korea for three Thomas Swan Close Coupled Showerhead (CCS) CRIUS production MOCVD epitaxy reactors.

EpiValley manufactures chips and epiwafers for blue, green, and UV LEDs, and already has at least 12 MOCVD systems in operation. The three new systems (with a capacity of 30x2” wafers) will be dedicated to manufacturing high-brightness gallium nitride based epitaxial wafers for the production of side-view LEDs.

The firm was previously the first to commission a CCS CRIUS system (which is one of the world’s most productive MOCVD systems for production of GaN-based LEDs, Aixtron claims) and, in a very short time, was one of the first companies to produce high-brightness blue LED epiwafers on a CRIUS.

Now that customers are ramping up production of side-view LEDs, EpiValley needs to quickly increase wafer throughput, says the firm’s president and CEO, Dr D.J. Park. “With all four CRIUS systems in place we will be able to satisfy the twin requirements of performance and price for the vast LED back-light unit (BLU) and solid-state lighting market,” Park adds.

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