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23 February 2007


Riber receives order from Chinese research institute; completes installation at Japan’s Yokogawa

MBE reactor manufacturer Riber of Bezons, France has received an order for a Compact21T research machine from a Chinese research institute, making this the second order in two months from an organization located in China.

Riber says that the latest order for its compact21T is the forty-ninth in total, and adds that more compact21T models have now been sold than any other MBE research machine.

Earlier this month, the company confirmed that it had completed the installation and conditioning of its MBE 49 multi 4” wafer production tool at Japan’s Yokogawa Electric (ordered in April 2006). The tool will be used to make HBTs for communication networks. In March last year, Yokogawa signed an agreement to supply high-speed III-V components to Fujitsu.

With a capacity of more than 16,000 wafers/year (5x3” platens), the automated MBE49 comprises four UHV chambers: loading; degassing; growth; and unloading. These are independently pumped and connected to one another through gate valves. A fully automated transfer system permits continuous processing of 15 platens. Riber says that each platen can be transferred to the degassing chamber for preparation prior to growth. The growth chamber contains additional accessories to monitor the structure during growth, like flux measurement gauge, pyrometer, RHEED system, and QUAD.

In January, Riber reported revenues for 2006 of €20.1m, up 14% from 2005’s €17.7m.

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