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Veeco Launches EPIK700 MOCVD System to Accelerate Adoption of Solid-State Lighting
|By Business Wire
|September 4, 2014 08:06 AM EDT
Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq:VECO) introduced today the new TurboDisc®
EPIK700™ Gallium Nitride (GaN) Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition
(MOCVD) system that combines the industry’s highest productivity and
best-in-class yields with low cost of operation, further enabling lower
manufacturing costs for light emitting diodes (LEDs) for general
Veeco introduces TurboDisc EPIK700 GaN MOCVD System for high volume LED manufacturing to accelerate general lighting adoption. (Photo: Business Wire)
Based on Veeco’s proven TurboDisc technology, the EPIK700
MOCVD system enables customers to achieve a cost per wafer savings
of up to 20 percent compared to previous generations through improved
wafer uniformity, reduced operating expenses, and increased
productivity. The EPIK700 system features a reactor with more than twice
the capacity of current generation reactors. This increased volume,
combined with productivity advancements within the reactor, results in a
2.5x throughput advantage over previous generation MOCVD systems.
“The EPIK700 is our latest in a distinguished line of technologically
advanced MOCVD reactors,” said William J. Miller, Ph.D., Executive Vice
President, Veeco. “We are pleased to say that one of the world’s top LED
manufacturers has thoroughly evaluated and accepted the EPIK700 due to
its production worthiness, stable process and reproducible results. We
anticipate that this new product will help our customers further succeed
in the solid-state lighting market, by driving down LED manufacturing
costs and increasing productivity.”
Since the introduction of the TurboDisc K465i GaN MOCVD System in 2010,
Veeco has steadily improved its customers’ cost of ownership and became
the world’s leading MOCVD equipment supplier. In 2011, Veeco launched
the industry’s first multi-reactor MOCVD system, the award-winning
TurboDisc MaxBright® MOCVD System. In addition, Veeco’s MOCVD TurboDisc
technology has been recognized as best in the industry by LED trade
associations in each year from 2011 to 2013.
“The EPIK700 is another game-changer for the LED industry,” said Jim
Jenson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Veeco MOCVD. “In
addition to higher capacity and throughput, the system contains
proprietary technologies within the reactor that improve wavelength
uniformity and drive higher yields in a tighter bin. By combining the
advanced TurboDisc reactor design with excellent uniformity, higher
productivity, proven automation, low consumable costs and improved
footprint efficiency, we have significantly improved the cost per wafer
for our customers.”
According to a recent IHS Research report, LED unit penetration is
expected to reach 15 percent in such key markets as China, Japan, North
America and Europe by 2016 and more than double to 40 percent by 2020.
About TurboDisc EPIK700 GaN MOCVD SYSTEM
Veeco’s new breakthrough EPIK700 MOCVD system is the LED industry’s
highest productivity MOCVD system that reduces cost per wafer by up to
20 percent compared to previous generations. Available in one-and
two-reactor configurations, EPIK700 features breakthrough technologies
including the new IsoFlange™ center injection flow and TruHeat™ wafer
coil that provide homogeneous laminar flow and uniform temperature
profile across the entire wafer carrier. These technological innovations
produce wavelength uniformity to drive higher yields in a tighter bin.
EPIK700 offers a 2.5x throughput advantage over other systems due to its
large reactor size. Designed for mass production, EPIK700 accommodates
31x4”, 12x6” and 6x8” wafer carrier sizes. Customers can easily transfer
processes from existing TurboDisc systems to the new EPIK700 MOCVD
platform for quick-start production of high quality LEDs. Because of the
flexible EPIK700 MOCVD platform, more upgrades, added benefits and
future enhancements will continue to differentiate this world-class
Veeco’s process equipment solutions enable the manufacture of LEDs,
flexible OLED displays, solar cells, power electronics, hard drives,
MEMS and wireless chips. We are the market leader in LED, MBE, Ion Beam
and other advanced thin film process technologies. Our high performance
systems drive innovation in energy efficiency, consumer electronics and
network storage and allow our customers to maximize productivity and
achieve lower cost of ownership. For information on our company,
products and worldwide service and support, please visit www.veeco.com.
To the extent that this news release discusses expectations or
otherwise makes statements about the future, such statements are
forward-looking and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements
made. These factors include the risks discussed in the Business
Description and Management's Discussion and Analysis sections of Veeco's
Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and in
our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form
8-K and press releases. Veeco does not undertake any obligation
to update any forward-looking statements to reflect future events or
circumstances after the date of such statements.
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