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Aixtron Celebrates 30th Anniversary
LIGHTimes News Staff
December 5, 2013...Aixtron, the maker of deposition systems that started as a spin-off at RWTH
Aachen University in Germany celebrated its 30th Anniversary. Since the company
supplied its first research system to AEG in Ulm in 1984, Aixtron has sold
around 3,000 deposition systems worldwide. The company benefited from demand
for ever smaller, faster and more cost-effective components.
“Optoelectronics is the way ahead” – that is how
Dr. Holger Jürgensen, physicist and now Honorary Chairman of Aixtron’s
Supervisory Board described his vision. He put this into practice by founding
Aixtron together with Dr. Meino Heyen and Heinrich Schumann in December 1983.
“One major event was the delivery of the first commercial Planetary
Reactor® system in 1990 – a milestone in the development of reliable,
scalable deposition systems for semiconductors," commented Dr. Jürgensen
Aixtron points out that the idea of developing gas-phase deposition
materials coating technologies for use in semiconductor chip manufacturing has
made a great difference. The company's production technologies have promoted
the global LED industry and have also augmented fields of data communication,
entertainment electronics and cellphone technology.
“None of this would have been possible without greatly committed
employees, colleagues and outstanding partners in research and industry, with
whom Aixtron has established longstanding close relationships," commented
Aixtron CEO Martin Goetzeler. “Innovative materials technologies will
always be the key to new applications. Our equipment helps our customers to
secure leading positions in rapidly growing markets. We are therefore investing
extensively in research and development to create promising new processes and
materials. Relevant examples include silicon applications, high-performance
electronics and OLED technology, in which organic materials emit
Today Aixtron employs about 800, of which 250 scientists and engineers work
on tomorrow’s technology trends.
Plessy Releases New Generation of GaN-on-Silicon LEDs
LIGHTimes News Staff
December 3, 2013...Plessey based in Plymouth, England, announced the availability of its next
generation GaN-on-Silicon mid-power LEDs. The company says that the new product
family doubles the efficacy of Plessey's first generation MAGIC™
(Manufactured on GaN-on-Si I/C) products released in February 2013. Plessey
claims to be able to achieve high flux output LED products at substantially
lower cost using standard silicon semiconductor production techniques,. The
PLW114050 is the first in a family of entry-level LED lighting products that
will be released.
The PLW114050 LEDs are available in a CCT range from 6500K to 2700K, with a
Lambertian distribution in an industry standard 3020 package. Operating with a
drive current of 60mA, the PLW114050 has a typical forward voltage of 3.2V. At
a nominal 10 lumens running at 60 mA and 3.2 V, the LED has an efficacy of 52
lm/W. Plessey also supplies the blue LED PLB010050 in sawn-wafer die form.
Additional package options will be made available. A full datasheet
is available on the Plessey website.
Dr. Keith Strickland, Plessey's CTO said, "We have a roadmap that puts
MAGIC™ ahead of the efficacies achieved by sapphire-based LEDs and,
thereby, sets a new milestone in terms of Lm/$ performance. By approaching
efficacy parity, we are accelerating the widespread adoption of GaN-on-Si
LED-based lighting products. Our MAGIC™ LED products have a cost
advantage over comparable sapphire-based LEDs as we use 6-inch, high yield,
standard, automated silicon manufacturing technology."
Dr. Jose Lopez, Plessey's Chief Commercial Officer, said, "Our aim is to
light the world with MAGIC™ LEDs."
European Patent Office Revokes Universal Display’s Organometallic Iridium Patent
LIGHTimes News Staff
November 22, 2013...Universal Display Corporation of Ewing, New Jersey USA, a developer of the
PHOLED®, announced that the European Patent Office (EPO) revoked the patent
previously allowed by the lower EPO, EP patent number 1449238
(the EP '238 patent). The patent revocation was a decision issued on the
previously-disclosed appeal of a prior ruling relating to the company’s
the EP '238 patent. According to Universal Display, the lower EPO had
previously upheld the broadest claim of coverage for organometallic iridium
device architectures. The opposing parties in the patent litigation were
Sumitomo Chemical Company, Merck Patent GmbH and BASF SE.
“While we believe the EPO’s decision is erroneous, as we
have noted in the past, any one decision in any one jurisdiction is not
expected to have a material effect on our commercial business or
agreements,” said Steven V. Abramson, president and CEO of Universal
Universal Display said that the company may seek to file a petition to
review the matter, which if successful, may reopen the matter for review by the
appellate panel. Additionally, the Universal Display says it has a pending
divisional EP patent application in which it intends to pursue substantial
patent coverage that is similar to that provided in related patents that have
previously been issued in the other jurisdictions.
Universal Display attempted to downplay the patents significance saying in a
press release, "The EP ‘238 patent is one of more than sixty patents
issued worldwide that cover four early fundamental phosphorescent OLED
inventions developed at Princeton University and the University of Southern
California, which are exclusively licensed to Universal Display Corporation.
" The company further noted that it has a growing portfolio of over 3,000
issued and pending OLED device, architecture and material patents worldwide.
Universal Display Corporation also pointed out, "…oppositions
against issued and pending patents are common and decisions by patent tribunals
are subject to further review and consideration. In addition, because of the
application of different rules and regulations in different countries, and the
fact that each patent in each jurisdiction represents a unique and distinct set
of rights, a specific outcome in one jurisdiction may not be indicative of the
likely outcome of similar challenges in other jurisdictions."
New Picosun Fast P-200 Batch ALD Tool Designed for Fabrication of LEDs and MEMs
LIGHTimes News Staff
November 21, 2013...Picosun Oy of Finland, an (ALD) equipment manufacturer, announced the launch
of the new Picosun P-200 batch ALD system. The P-200 ALD tool is specifically
optimized for fast and efficient manufacturing of MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical
Systems, e.g. sensors and actuators), LEDs, and power electronics components.
The P-200 ALD tool is designed for wafer size 150 mm or 200 mm in batch of 25
wafers. The company says that the system allows a variety of automation options
available for the P-200 tool. The system can be equipped with a linear inline
loader, it can be operated with an industrial robot, connected to a vacuum
robot, or integrated with a vacuum load lock, glove box, or mini clean
environment. The company boasts that the system's quick, fully automated batch
processing enables high production throughput with proven process quality and
what the company describes as low cost-of-ownership. According to the company,
the P-200 ALD system has has been selected by two prominent LED manufacturers
and has been accepted by two production customers for MEMS.
"We are extremely happy to secure our position in the rapidly expanding
LED, MEMS, andcompound semiconductor market with our new
PICOSUN™ P-200 production tool. The compact,small footprint
design of the tool, combined with extremely fast batch processing and
excellentfilm quality give us an unrivaled competitive edge,"
stated Juhana Kostamo, managing director of Picosun.
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Tom Griffiths - Publisher
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GT Advanced Technologies to Supply Sapphire Materials to Apple, But not for LEDs
LIGHTimes News Staff
November 6, 2013...GT Advanced Technologies announced that it has entered into a multi-year
supply agreement with Apple Inc. to provide sapphire material. The sapphire
material will specifically not go into LEDs. It will go into screens and lenses
of Apple products. GT will own and operate ASF® furnaces and related equipment
to produce the material at an Apple facility in Arizona in which GT expects to
employ over 700 people. Apple will provide GT with a prepayment of
approximately $578 million. GT will reimburse Apple for the prepayment over
five years, starting in 2015. Although the agreement does not guarantee
purchase volumes, it does require GT to maintain a minimum production capacity.
GT will be subject to certain exclusivity terms during the agreement. GT
expects this agreement to add to revenues starting in 2014.
GT has accelerated the development of its next generation, large capacity
ASF furnaces to deliver low cost, high volume manufacturing of sapphire
material for its non-LED initiative with Apple. Despite this new agreement
being specifically not for LEDs, it is expected to enable the expansion of GT's
LED, industrial and specialty sapphire businesses by positioning GT and its
equipment customers as the industry's lowest cost sapphire producers.
Tom Gutierrez, GT's president and CEO commented, "By leveraging the new
materials operation and our enhanced R&D efforts, we will be well
positioned to drive the growth of other sapphire opportunities, including the
expansion of our LED and industrial sapphire businesses in partnership with our
Honda to Discontinue Operations of Honda Soltec, a Photovoltaic Subsidiary
CompoundSemi News Staff
November 4, 2013...Honda Motor Co., Ltd. of Tokyo announced plans to discontinue the operations
of Honda Soltec Co., Ltd., Honda's wholly-owned photovoltaic subsidiary, in
spring 2014. Honda reportedly plans to withdraw from the production and sales
of photovoltaic products. Honda said that despite its efforts to improve
performance and reduce the cost of producing CIGS solar cells, the company does
not have good prospects to reach its original business goals.
Honda Soltec plans to discontinue operations and dissolve the company in
spring 2014. In the Japan market, Honda Soltec will take new orders until
mid-February 2014, and after sales service for Honda photovoltaic systems sold
by that date will be continued through Honda Kaihatsu Co., Ltd., an affiliated
company of Honda.
Honda said it would continue its electricity generation and sales business
and continue the research and development of the Honda Smart Home System to
foster recycling-oriented energy management based on home energy generation and
TriQuint Investor Starboard Says TriQuint’s PA Business Needs to Improve or be Sold
CompoundSemi News Staff
November 4, 2013...Investment company, Starboard Value LP and its affiliates, an owner of 8% of
TriQuint Semiconductor and one of the its largest shareholders wrote a letter
to shareholders. In the letter, Starboard outlined how the price of TriQuint
Stock is being dragged down by the company's underperforming mobile power
amplifier business. Starboard suggested that the performance of the Power
Amplifier business needs to improve or the business should be sold.
Starboard asserted that that significant utilization problems have plagued
the Mobile PA business, and missed design cycles contributed to large losses
and reduced consolidated gross margins. Starboard noted, "In fact, over the
last five years the Company underperformed its closest peers by more than
Starboard was however very positive about TriQuint's growing Networks &
Defense and Bulk Acoustic Wave (BAW) Filter businesses that combined produce
about half of the Company’s revenue. Starboard said, "We believe that
these two businesses alone are worth far more than where the Company currently
According to the letter, TriQuint’s Network & Defense business,
which produces GaAs products for optical networks, cellular base stations and
military airborne radar, is underutilized by the market. However, Starboard
praised the growth of TriQuint’s BAW Filter business based in Richardson,
Texas, and outlined its growth potential with their increasing use in the LTE
market and in higher frequency bands in which SAW filter performance will not
TriQuint welcomed the input saying that the company regularly reviews
business strategy including the sale of underutilized equipment, share
buybacks, as well as the withdrawal from unattractive businesses over time.
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