Veeco Helps Lower Cost of LEDs

September 5, 2014 By Karen Henry

turbodisc-energy-manageVeeco Instruments has introduced the TurboDisc EPIK700 Gallium Nitride Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) system. The product was designed to help lower manufacturing costs for light emitting diodes (LEDs) for general lighting applications.

Based on Veeco’s 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.

According to a recent IHS Research report, LED unit penetration is expected to reach 15 percent in China, Japan, North America and Europe by 2016 and more than double to 40 percent by 2020. A report completed by Navigant Research for Advanced Energy Economy said that if China reaches its country-wide goal of 20 percent LED light adoption, it would be the largest consumer of LED lighting in the world.

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