AIXTRON Introduces AIX G5+

5x200 mm GaN-on-Si Technology for the AIX G5 Reactor Platform

Aachen, July 24, 2012 – With its latest product, AIX G5+, AIXTRON SE has introduced a 5x200 mm GaN-on-Si (Gallium Nitride on Silicon) technology package for its AIX G5 Planetary Reactor platform. Following a customer-focused development program, this technology was designed and created in AIXTRON’s R&D laboratory and consists of specially designed reactor hardware and process capabilities. It is now available as a part of the AIX G5 product family and any existing G5 system can be upgraded to this latest version. Details of G5+ have already been disclosed to some of AIXTRON’s key customers.

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AIX G5+: fully rotationally symmetrical uniformity pattern on all five wafers

“GaN-on-Si technology is a hot topic for MOCVD users and manufacturers today”, states Dr. Rainer Beccard, Vice President Marketing at AIXTRON. “It is the technology of choice for the emerging power electronics market segment, and also a very promising candidate for future high performance and low cost High Brightness LED manufacturing. The wafer size and material plays a crucial role when it comes to cost effective manufacturing processes, and thus the transition to 200 mm Standard Silicon wafers is a logical next step on the manufacturing roadmaps, as it offers unique economies of scale.”

”Being convinced that uniformity and yield are the key success criteria in 200 mm GaN-on-Si processes, AIXTRON conducted a dedicated R&D program”, adds Dr. Frank Wischmeyer, Vice President and Program Manager Power Electronics at AIXTRON. “We started the development process by conducting an extensive simulation program, which enabled us to design fundamentally new hardware components that provide unique process performance in our 5x200 mm processes, while still being compatible with the well-proven AIX G5 reactor platform.” The results are extremely stable processes, providing much better uniformity of material properties and enabling higher device yield than any other MOCVD platform, whilst offering a reactor capacity of 5x200 mm.

Some initial feedback from customers confirms the success of this technological development. Many of them have noted in particular that the fully rotationally symmetrical uniformity pattern on all five 200 mm wafers, the use of standard thickness silicon substrates and the controlled wafer bow behavior is exactly what they require for silicon-style manufacturing. “This uniformity pattern has been an inherent feature of AIXTRON’s Planetary Reactor technology, which we can now successfully obtain on 200 mm GaN-on-Si-wafers”, underlines Dr. Wischmeyer.

The term Planetary Reactor® is a registered trademark.


 
TECHNOTUBES Project –AIXTRON Launches New BM 300T Carbon Nanotubes System

TECHNOTUBES Project –AIXTRON Launches New BM 300T Carbon Nanotubes System

Aachen, Germany, July 5, 2012 – AIXTRON SE announced the successful conclusion
of the European Commission-funded “TECHNOTUBES” (Technology for Wafer-Scale
Carbon Nanotubes) project, with a demonstration of its new automated growth equipment,
BM 300T.

The aim of the 3-year project was to develop growth processes, automated equipment,
quality control/monitoring and a variety of end-applications based on carbon nanotubes. The
members of the project consortium were the University of Cambridge (coordinator), ETH
Zurich, TU Denmark, TU Berlin, Fritz Haber Institute, CNR-Italy, Philips, THALES,
Cambridge CMOS Sensors, IMEC, and AIXTRON.

Prof. John Robertson, the project coordinator from the University of Cambridge, comments,
“This unique project brings together world-class partners from industry and research to
create a carbon nanotube value chain, from growth equipment to material production to
exploitable devices. The key applications that emerged from this project include
interconnects, thermal interface materials, medical and security X-ray sources, gas
detectors, biological probes, microfluidics and novel energy storage devices. We are grateful
to the European Commission for providing the funding which made this project possible.”

Dr. Ken Teo, Director of Nanoinstruments adds, “Our role at AIXTRON was to create a
system capable of depositing various carbon nanotube structures that met the requirements
of these applications. The challenge was to integrate various processes (single-wall, multiwall,
straight vertical nanotubes) into a single platform offering the uniformity, repeatability
and a high degree of automation that industrial production partners demand. The BM 300T
system we have developed successfully achieves these goals by enabling high throughput,
wafer-scale carbon nanotube production, incorporating thermal and plasma deposition,
precursor activation and a novel wafer loading and heating system.”

 
Fujifilm Dimatix Introduces SG-1024 industrial Single-Pass Printhead and adds Redijet™ Jetting Technology to its printheads line-up for DRUPA 2012

Santa Clara, CA, March 5, 2012 - FUJIFILM Dimatix , Inc., the world's leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for industrial applications, will exhibit its comprehensive range of industrial inkjet solutions on the Fujifilm booth in Hall 8b at dupa 2012(Dusseldorf, Germany May 3rd-16th, within the specially designated 'Technology Leadership Zone;.

FUJIFILM Dimatix will use drupa 2012 to display its extensive printhead product line for wide graphics, commercial printing, decorative and material deposition application. Visitors to the stand will see a select range of material disposition systems, including the DMP-2831 and DMP-3000, designed for fluids, process and product development for divere applications including printed electronics.

The company will also use the show to introduce and demonstrate its new SG-1024/M-- a high nozzle density, drop-on-demand, inkjet printhead designed specifically for demanding industrial single-pass printing and decorative applications.

The strength of the SG-1024 lays with its easy to integrate, high performace repairable construction that combines superior jetting performance in a compact, self-contained design. Eaxh printhead has 1024 independant jets arranged in 8 rows, each with 128 channels.

With singular durable metal nozzle plate, the first model, the SG-1024/M has a nominal 20-30 picoliter drop size (fluid dependent) and is compatible with aqueous, oil-based ceramic inks and associated maintenance fluids. When combined with VersaDropTM jetting technology, this printhead has full grayscale operation with drop sizes to 80 picoliters.

The SG-1024/M incorporates Dimatix new RediJet jetting technology. Redijet consolidates several breakthrough innovations such as unique nozzle plate design, special conformal and non-wetting surface coatings, enhanced on-head electronics, ink recirculation and waveforms tailored to specific fluids.

RediJet unlocks the full productive capacity of a printhead while lowering the recurring service cost. The defining characteristics of this technology is minimizing initial start-up and ongoing maintenance times along with reducing associated fluid consumption, especially when using faster drying/or heavily pigmented ink formulations like those found in high-speed, industrial , single-pass systems, As the name invokes--RediJet is 'ready to jet' when you are and is a key enabler of SG-1024 based high speed, industrial single-pass inkjet system designs.

FUJIFILM Dimatix will also display its 'SAMBATM' MEMS printhead on a chip technology- a core component used within the 'Jet Press 720'. Developed jointly by FUJIFILM Dimatix and FUJIFILM Corporation. SAMBA ia an extensible 'printhead on a chip technology'. It is analogous to the evolution of the integrated Circuit (IC) from a single chip with limited functionality to Large Scale Integration(LSI) incorporating Thousands of integrated funstions. This breakthrough in printhead design results in the potential of achieving the packing density and cost of Thermal Inkjet(TIJ), with high throughput of Continuous Inkjet(CIJ), yet providing the operational felxibility associated with Piezo Inkjet(PIJ).

 
PrintoCent Pilot Factory inauguration presenting new Coatema concept

19th of March 2012

Due to the constant growth in the field of Printed Electronics VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the University of Oulu, Oulu University of Applied Sciences and Business Oulu founded PrintoCent already in 2009. This is an innovation centre offering business development and pilot production environment to manufacture components, product demonstrations and solutions based on Printed Intelligence technologies. On March 13th, 2012 the Printocent Pilot Factory was inaugurated in Oulu, Finland. This is also the first time that the new production line build by Coatema was presented. This line includes an inline process on two floors, which enables all needed printing, coating and other steps to manufacture large area printed electronic devices. This allows a R2R mass production from lab to fab.


The PrintoCent line with a footprint of 11 x 4 m and a height of nearly 5 m is equipped with 4 interchangeable printing units: gravure printing, reverse gravure printing, rotary screen printing and flexography printing. Additional processes such as hot embossing, plasma treatment, lamination, rotary die cut, hot air drying and UV crosslinking as well as an automatic registration are included. The line is operating with a working width of 300 mm and running with an operation speed of up to 30m/min.

The development of this production line was the cornerstone for the concept behind a new line of pilot line coater called Basecoater 3G. These are specifically designed for the production of large area electronics and the main idea is that there are single units designed in 1.000 mm long sections which are completely enclosed. Because of this modular design a line can be combined aligned to customer needs.

 
Fujifilm Dimatix Materials Printer Garners the Grand Prize at Printable Electronics 2012 Japan

Award recognizes Dimatix DMP-2831 for its considerable contribution to the field of printable electronics.

Santa Clara, CA; February 29, 2012– Citing the FUJIFILM Dimatix DMP-2831 Dimatix Materials Printer's considerable contribution to the rapidly growing printable electronics field, judges at Printable Electronics 2012 awarded the show's coveted Grand Prize this year to FUJIFILM Corporation. The international convention held February 15-17 at the Tokyo International Convention Center attracted more than 45,000 visitors.

The FUJIFILM Dimatix inkjet printer won the Grand Prize based on its desktop design, its easily used cartridge-style inkjet printhead and its cost-efficiency in offering these design achievements at a competitive price.

"As an R&D tool, [the FUJIFILM Dimatix DMP-2831] is the most popular inkjet printer installed at various research laboratories, and it is becoming the industry-standard inkjet printer," the judges stated. As a result, they concluded, the Dimatix printer has contributed considerably to the printable electronics field.

Printable electronics describes electrical devices manufactured by thin-film deposition and finely tuned conductive patterning using any of several methods by which one or more inks are printed on various, often flexible substrates.  In 2011, the market for printed, thin-film and organic electronics was expected by market research firm IDTechEx to exceed $2 billion, with 38% of products printed. By 2021, they note, growth driven by photovoltaics, organic LED and e-paper displays, and thin-film transistor circuits, sensors and batteries is forecasted to propel the market to nearly $45 billion, with printed products comprising 56% of the total.

The FUJIFILM Dimatix DMP-2800 is a cartridge-based bench-top materials deposition system designed for micro-precision jetting of functional fluids such as organic polymers, nanoparticles, conductors, dielectrics, resists, nucleotides, enzymes, and proteins without heat or contact onto virtually any surface. It can build and define patterns over an area of 200 x 300 mm onto substrates up to 25 mm thick using user-fillable cartridges – qualities that make short, experimental production runs feasible for a multitude of applications ranging from RFID, flexible electronics and photovoltaics to biosensors and DNA synthesis reactions.

FUJIFILM Dimatix DMP-2800-series printers have won numerous awards, including the Printed Electronics USA Commercialization Award for outstanding achievement in demonstrating the greatest tangible commercial success in photovoltaics or printed electronics, the Design News magazine Golden Mousetrap Award; the Nano 50 Award from Nanotech Briefs® magazine; and the first Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal Emerging Technology Award (Biotechnology category), given to emerging companies and technologies that have the potential to profoundly impact people and businesses.

 
Epistar receives its first Aixtron CRIUS II-XL MOCVD system

29 February 2012

Deposition equipment maker Aixtron SE of Herzogenrath, Germany says that existing customer Epistar Corp, a manufacturer of optoelectronic materials and devices in Taiwan, has received its first CRIUS II-XL system (in 19x4-inch wafer configuration). The system will be used to mass produce ultra-high-brightness (UHB) blue and white LEDs.

The CRIUS II-XL system has passed the process demonstration and acceptance test. In line with their usual procedure, Epistar will now further qualify the system in mass production. Epistar plans to purchase more CRIUS II-XL systems when they expand their production capacity. “Looking at this first tool, I can see that the CRIUS II-XL will make a huge difference to our productivity,” notes Epistar’s president Dr Ming-Jiunn Jou. “Thanks to its seamless process compatibility with our earlier-generation reactors, the latest CRIUS technology is set to rapidly and efficiently drive forward future capacity expansion and technology advances,” he reckons.

“With the purchase of our latest system, the CRIUS II-XL, Epistar continues to pursue its cutting-edge production and engineering innovation in epitaxial growth,” comments Aixtron’s chief operating officer Dr Bernd Schulte. “The CRIUS II-XL design concept offers the largest productivity with best-in-class uniformities, which massively increases yield and directly translates into enhanced competitiveness for Epistar’s products in an ever demanding marketplace,” he adds.

Located at the Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park in Taiwan, Epistar has for over a decade been focused on the development, manufacture and marketing of UHB LED products. Using its proprietary MOCVD process technology, it continues to commercialize a full range of UHB LEDs.

Launched by Aixtron last November, the CRIUS II-XL configuration offers a reactor capacity as high as 19x4 inch wafers (up 46% on the original CRIUS II), giving it the highest throughput and lowest cost of ownership in the LED industry, it is claimed.

 
New Machines for Aixtron R&D Centres

Thursday 26th January 2012

Aixtron SE has chosen CS Clean Systems dry bed scrubbers for its new R&D centres. In total, 11 CLEANSORB CS200SC models are to be installed at the Aixtron R&D Centre in Dornkaul, Aachen, Germany, as well as at the new training facility in Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) in China. The Suzhou training centre is a joint venture between Aixtron and the prestigious Suzhou Institute of Nanotech and Nanobionics (SINANO).

When up-and-running, the CLEANSORB dry bed absorbers will be serviced directly from the CS CLEAN SYSTEMS China office based in Shanghai.

The gases and liquid organometallic precursors used in the MOVPE growth and etching of III-V epitaxial structures are critical in terms their toxic, pyrophoric, and corrosive natures. CLEANSORB dry chemisorber technology does not use activated carbon or other combustible materials. Hazardous gases are converted to stable solid by-products by dry chemical reaction at room temperature without the requirement for heating or the generation of contaminated waste water

The hermetically sealed CLEANSORB absorber column design ensures that the MOCVD user never comes into contact with toxic MOCVD by-products. At the end of their absorbing lifetimes, CLEANSORB columns are returned to the local CS CLEAN SYSTEMS service partner for service. After refurbishment and refilling with fresh chemisorber, the absorber column is then shipped back to the customer for further use.

 
Nobel Laureates And Other Top Researchers In Singapore To Encourage R&D That Spans Scientific Disciplines
The next generation of scientific innovations will come from the spaces that straddle traditional scientific disciplines and cross-disciplinary fields like molecular materials research. Experts from around the world, including two Nobel Laureates, converge at A*STAR IMRE’s M3 @ Singapore 2012 conference to present cross-disciplinary innovations for applications ranging from energy to sensors.
Molecular Materials Meeting (M3) @ Singapore 2012 organised by A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE).

 

2.     “Molecular materials research is the marriage of traditional materials engineering and modern molecular science, and is a way to inject new designs and innovations in materials for novel technological applications,” said Prof Andy Hor, IMRE’s Executive Director quoting the example of IMRE’s artificial cell membrane technology which integrates materials and biology know-how to synthesize polymer-based cell membranes. Live natural cell membranes used in drug discovery R&D requires time to be cultured or grown, are hard to maintain in a laboratory, and require specialists to handle the specimens.  On the other hand, the synthetic polymer cell membranes help speed up the drug discovery process as they are simpler to make, easier to handle and mimic the functions of natural cell membranes.

 

3.     “Cross-disciplinary is the key for the exponential growth of new scientific innovations. An example for merging-disciplines research leading to advanced materials, including improved medications, is X-ray crystallography. This method generates information vital for the design of new compounds with desired properties by shaping our notion on chemical and life processes at the molecular level by exploiting physical methods and advanced mathematics,” explained Prof Ada Yonath who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009.

 

4.     Molecular materials science cuts across fields like chemistry, materials science, physics, biology, medicine and engineering. For example, by combining chemistry and physics know-how, molecular materials research is used to examine the structure, alignment of molecules and crystallinity of common materials, and alters them to produce new materials with unique properties.

 

5.     The speakers will cover research topics centered on Materials Synthesis, Assembly & Device Fabrication, Energy & Sustainable Materials, Optical & Electronic Materials, and Materials for Imaging & Sensing. Companies such as Mitsui Chemicals, 3M and Aixtron and those involved in the molecular materials value chain are also participating in the conference as speakers and exhibitors. Participants will have the opportunity to interact/meet with these experts to gain insights into this new and exciting area of research.
 
A*STAR SIMTech Sees Future in Game Changing Printed Electronics and Functional Films

SINGAPORE, 23 November 2011: Key business leaders from the organic and printed electronics industry throughout Asia, Europe and the US converge in Singapore for the international symposium on roll-to-roll processing of printed electronics and functional films to share on advanced technologies, applications and market opportunities. Hosted by the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and in co-operation with the Organic and Printed Electronics Association and the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the event is held in conjunction with the roll-out of SIMTech’s Large Area Processing Programme.

2.   Dr Raj Thampuran, Executive Director, A*STAR’s Science and Engineering Research Council said, “A*STAR researchers have made significant advancements in the field of printed electronics and I am glad that experts from all over the world are here to learn about SIMTech’s newly formed large area processing programme which will launch more industry collaborations in this area and grow this sector in Singapore.”

3.  Emerging applications such as photovoltaics, flexible electronics and solid-state lighting which require large area functional and often flexible surfaces are the key factors driving up the demand for roll-to-roll manufacturing. With a global market valued at US$2B in 2011 and expected to worth over US$40B by 2020, it opens up immense commercial opportunities for key industry sectors such as advertising, building, consumer electronics, healthcare and printed media.

4. Unlike conventional semiconductor fabrication which requires batch processing of wafers, the large-area processing system involves a continuous printing press-like manufacturing process compatible with flexible polymer. Using roll-to-roll processing, functional materials can be printed on thin, light-weight, flexible and transparent plastic films. Broad industry applications include ambient lighting, portable backlight for outdoor advertising, portable signages, automotive, aerospace and buildings.

5. By leveraging on disruptive manufacturing technology platforms, SIMTech's Large Area Processing Programme aims to develop more innovative "Made in Singapore" products with novel coating, patterning, embossing web control and web inspection techniques that are not available in the industry today.

6.  Dr Lim Ser Yong, Executive Director of SIMTech said, “We are collaborating closely with the print and media industries in Singapore to capture emerging market opportunities in state-of-the-art high speed printing such as inkjet printing, screen printing and flexographic printing to deposit functional materials in roll-to-roll manufacturing processes. This will transform the printing industry into a new industry in printed electronics and functional films.”

7. Ms Julia Ng, Director of Manufacturing and Construction Division of Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) said, “We are pleased to support the inaugural international symposium where advanced technologies, applications and market opportunities are shared among key business leaders.  Large Area Processing is an emerging technology, which will create new employment opportunities for the workforce. To this end, WDA will continue to work closely with SIMTech to leverage this technology to build new manpower capabilities.”

8.   Strategic industry-driven collaborations with key industry partners include application examples such as printed heating film for blood or liquid warming in medical applications and printed lighting film for ambient or decorative lighting in advertising and building applications.

9.  SIMTech is hosting the first-ever OE-A Working Group Meeting in Asia and the Symposium on Roll-to-Roll Processing of Printed Electronics and Functional Films. The sponsors are aNexus, Coatema, Dimatix and Singapore Workforce Development Agency.

 
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