II-VI Advanced Materials and Lasertec Corporation Announce the Purchase of a SICA88

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA  — The Advanced Materials Division of II-VI Incorporated, a world leading supplier of SiC substrates, and Lasertec Corporation announced today that II-VI has purchased a SICA88 SiC inspection & analysis tool manufactured by the Lasertec Corporation.  This new tool will be installed at II-VI’s SiC substrate manufacturing facility in Starkville, MS.

“This purchase enables II-VI to gather data to further its already state-of-art SiC substrate technology.  The SICA88 provides advanced sensitivity and analysis capabilities that II-VI can utilize to improve the quality of our SiC substrates.  The addition of the SICA88 in our production line will allow II-VI to find and analyze substrate and surface defects more efficiently and effectively, in order to enhance our defect reduction efforts, provide customer support to enable higher device yields, and to continue advancing our ongoing efforts to make SiC based devices more cost effective,” commented Dr. Gary Ruland
, General Manager of II-VI Advanced Materials.  “In addition, the SICA88’s new photoluminescence capability will enable us to detect other defects important to our epi and device customers such as substrate stacking faults,” added Dr. Ruland.

“SICA is designed to help fab engineers accelerate yield improvements by providing high sensitivity, high throughput defect inspection and highly accurate on-the-fly defect classification along with a fully automated defect review feature.  SICA enables SiC substrate and device manufacturers to take corrective action sooner and improve their yields more quickly. The tool’s user interface provides an intuitive graphical method for creating inspection recipes, further increasing its ease of use for automated reporting.  Lasertec will continue to pursue the development and advancement of defect inspection technologies in order to facilitate the further enhancement of power device quality and productivity,” said Hirokazu Seki
, General Manager of Lasertec’s Technology Department 1.

About Lasertec

As a leader in metrology and inspection tooling, Lasertec Corporation has been serving the needs of semiconductor, compound semiconductor, renewable energy, FPD and other high technology industries for many years.  Since its beginning in 1960, Lasertec has been evolving and growing to keep pace with the world’s rapidly expanding and changing high technology manufacturing requirements.  In addition to the innovative technologies, Lasertec’s global support infrastructure assures customers full satisfaction through high tool availability that maximizes the capital investment and device yield.  For more information, go to www.lasertec.co.jp/en.

CONTACT: Andy Souzis

Director of Business Development

II-VI Advanced Materials

Phone # – 973-439-6224

Website address – www.iiviadvmat.com