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9 January 2007


Veeco launches MOCVD production platform for HB-LED manufacturers and receives $10m in orders

Veeco Instruments Inc of Woodbury, NY, USA has introduced its new TurboDisc 'K-series' MOCVD gallium nitride platform for the production of high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs), and received orders for five new systems
from three manufacturers totaling about $10m.

The 'K-series' includes the K300 and K465 models, offering a modular, upgradeable path to higher throughput, a larger-diameter reactor chamber and reduced cost of ownership, says Veeco. The K465 features the firm's most
advanced reactor technology, offering about 50% greater throughput compared to currently available competitive MOCVD production tools, it claims.

"Veeco's new multi-generational platform and larger reactor capability will give our HB-LED customers a long-term cost-of-ownership advantage plus the technology to achieve their LED brightness roadmap objectives," says chairman and CEO Edward H. Braun. "We continue to anticipate strong Veeco growth in this market as HB-LEDs experience adoption in applications such as automotive, architectural lighting and backlighting for laptops and LCD-TVs," he adds. "Veeco will continue to partner with our customers to
deliver innovative technology solutions and world-class process and applications support as the industry advances towards solid state lighting."

"Our new modular system, which is extendable to larger reactors, is the only platform capable of continuous operation available on the market," adds Piero Sferlazzo, vice president and general manager of MOCVD operations.
"Couple that with the excellent uniformity and repeatability of the TurboDisc technology, our customers now have a true, multi-generational, high-volume production MOCVD system."