aNexus is the founding member of LUX photonics Consortium
Thursday, 29 October 2015 11:10

27 October 2015 | Press releases

 

On 21st September 2015, Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan announced the formation of the LUX Photonics Consortium at the Techventure 2015. Formed by Nanyang Technological University, the National University of Singapore and seven other research laboratories and companies, it seeks to encourage collaborations between institutes of higher learning and the industry, on how to harness and distribute energy from light for areas such as medicine, security and defence. aNexus is proud to be the founding member to support bringing Singapore research into industry. With our expertise in advanced material growth technology, functional material printing, from sheet to sheet to roll to roll manufacturing, we are confident to bring immediate value add to the consortium. The network of this consortium will proof to be a value added connection to the community internally and globally.

 
AIXTRON: Major Asian display manufacturer purchases system for the deposition of OLED barrier films
Monday, 26 October 2015 15:32

September 09, 2015 | Press releases

First order for recently acquired innovative technology

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AIXTRON SE (FSE: AIXA; NASDAQ: AIXG), a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, has sold the first Optacap-200 encapsulation tool to a major Asian display manufacturer. The standalone R&D system that handles substrate sizes of 200 mm x 200 mm was ordered in the third quarter 2015 and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter 2016.

The innovative Optacap plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) technology enables the deposition of highly flexible and effective barrier films for thin-film encapsulation of OLED display, OLED lighting, organic photovoltaic and flexible electronic devices.

“Thin-film encapsulation is an essential step within the OLED manufacturing process. Therefore, we are delighted to be able to provide an innovative solution to the industry which delivers excellent barrier films at high throughput. Therefore, this solution contributes to a significant reduction of manufacturing costs for the critical encapsulation process step within the production of flexible as well as rigid OLED devices”, says Andreas Toennis, Chief Technology Officer of AIXTRON SE.

The groundbreaking Optacap encapsulation technology has been the main driver for AIXTRONs acquisition of Silicon Valley-based Company PlasmaSi, Inc.in April 2015. The full integration of the technology into AIXTRONs already existing OLED activities is part of the company’s incorporation into the AIXTRON Group.

 
Fujifilm Dimatix Materials Printer Garners the Grand Prize at Printable Electronics 2012 Japan
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 17:03

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.

 
PrintoCent Pilot Factory inauguration presenting new Coatema concept
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 16:59

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.

 
New Large Area UV Curing System for Semiconductor and display applications
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 16:58

For Semiconductor and Display Application Cures, XENON CORP Introduces LUXON 300—The New "Large Area" Pulsed UV Curing System

20 November 2012

Xenon Corporation announces the development- and availability- of the Luxon 300 Modular Light System, designed to provide pulsed UV curing for the large area targets of semiconductors and display applications. The dual 12” U lamps are at the heart of the system and can process areas to 12” x 12” or 12” (300mm) diameter with unprecedented cure uniformity. The system was specifically developed to meet the demanding requirements of inline curing applications that include low heat and fast throughput which cannot be solved with mercury UV systems.

In addition to low heat and fast throughput, the benefits and features that the market has come to expect from Xenon lamps are continued in The Luxon 300: lower power consumption, high peak power coupled with deep penetration, and instant start/stop.

Applications include semiconductor processing and displays. The Luxon 300 also is excellent for medical device manufacturing, pharmaceutical packaging, and sintering applications. Because of its abilities to bond without damage, The Luxon 300 is ideal for use with plastics, and its rapid, low heat curing capabilities are attractive to manufacturers of adhesives, inks and coatings.

The Luxon 300, which is available as OEM or stand-alone, is designed to function as part of integrated manufacturing systems that operate continuously, (24/7), producing high yields with minimum downtime. A low voltage, optically isolated I/O using a programmable controller handles system interfacing. The system holds promise for long-term reliable operation.

 
China uses Aixtron to move into GaN power electronics
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 16:56

Dec 06, 2012

Dynax Semiconductor is to receive its first Aixtron production system to manufacture gallium nitride on silicon carbide (SiC) and silicon substrates

Chinese firm, Dynax Semiconductor Inc. has placed its first purchase order for an Aixtron Close Coupled Showerhead (CCS) CRIUS MOCVD system.

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Aixtron CCS system


The reactor will be used to produce GaN and related nitride semiconductor epitaxial layers on SiC and silicon substrates for microwave and power devices.

Aixtron says it will be the first system in China dedicated to GaN electronics.

After installation and commissioning the system is now ready to produce high quality GaN epi-wafers.

“This is an important step for us”, NaiQian Zhang, President and CEO of Dynax Semiconductors, comments. “High power and high efficiency GaN electronic devices are the key components for next generation power management and data communications. This disruptive technology will help us achieve a sustainable society. The Aixtron reactor is a proven system for this application".

Frank Wischmeyer, Vice President and Program Manager Power Electronics at Aixtron, says, “The Dynax technical team already has extensive experience with Aixtron’s CCS technology. We are looking forward to supporting the customer with our expertise on accelerating the GaN power device market introduction in China.”

Compared to conventional silicon devices, GaN electronic devices provide superior performance in RF and power electronic applications in terms of efficiency and power density.

But two major challenges have to be met.

Due to the strong lattice mismatch between GaN and foreign substrates, GaN has to be grown in a special process.

To compete with silicon devices, manufacturing costs have to be as low as possible which requires MOCVD technology to provide high uniformity and reproducibility.

Dynax Semiconductor Inc., Suzhou, was founded in 2011 to manufacture GaN electronic devices. The company is based in Kunshan, Jiangsu province in east China. Dynax produces electronic devices for electronics, data communications, automotives, and motor control markets.

 
Xenon Corporation’s Printed Electronics Testing Network Offers Expertise in Wide Range of PE Disciplines
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 16:47
Entrepreneurs working on new projects utilizing printed electronics can find the process daunting. Often, they are matching new substrates and materials, and the choice of a manufacturing process in itself is challenging, as there is a huge difference between R&D and production. 

In reality, it can take years for companies to determine what actually works, and time is always of the essence.

To help these innovators navigate the many challenges they face, a group of companies and universities have formed the Printed Electronics Testing Network (PETN). Formed by Xenon Corporation, this network is offering companies and universities the opportunity to come into their facilities, learn if their applications will work and offer advice on possible improvements.

The goal of the Printed Electronics Testing Network is to support research and development, share knowledge across the network, and through these efforts, to advance the practical use of printed electronics in commercial applications.

“Our past business models have shown that by working closely on a global basis with critical technologies required for achieving successful R&D for emerging markets, one can establish test centers that can expedite proof of concept in a relatively short time at a very cost effective approach,” said Louis Panico, CEO at Xenon Corporation.

“The Printed Electronics Testing Network immediately provides a technical collaboration of multi-formulation, dispensing companies and integrators with high energy ‘pulsed light’ sources for addressing key issues of PE process development and manufacturability,” Panico added.

The PETN members have a wide range of disciplines, beginning with Xenon Corporation’s sintering capabilities, which convert the printed ink layer into a solid uniform layer of conductive material through the use of pulsed light, as well as inks, printers and more. 

“Xenon’s strongest capability is providing the equipment and technology for “Pulsed Light” sintering of metallic inks for the printed electronic markets,” Panico said. “Xenon brings five decades of experience in “Pulsed Light” technology to facilitate the development and manufacturability of printed electronics products. We have thousands of pulsed light systems operating 24/7 on worldwide production lines.”

Xenon’s sintering systems are available at all of the PETN facilities. Companies interested in joining the PETN can contact Xenon, and those who are interested in testing can contact Xenon at LAPanico@xenoncorp.com.

“We are seeing an abundance of requests for the Testing Network from end-users and machine makers,” Panico said. “The quantity of application testing requests is growing exponentially. The biggest challenge is bringing the printed electronics market from the R&D stage to meeting the needs of a variety of R2R processes, specifically substrate adhesion and metallic ink thickness.”

Intrinsiq Materials manufactures nanoparticle-based screen and inkjet inks. Dr. Sujatha Ramanujan, chief operating officer for Intrinsiq Materials, said there is a lot to consider when it comes to developing printed electronics applications.

“When people want to test out their systems, we invite them to come in and work with our engineers,” Dr. Ramanujan said. “There is a lot of interaction between substrates, inks and sintering, and we want to find out the best solution that the customer will know works. If you send an ink without a clear explanation of what to do, it’s not very useful. “

Methode Electronics offers conductive inks, dielectrics and resistive carbon technologies that can be printed by screen, flexo, gravure and inkjet. Paul Lindquist, business development manager at Methode Electronics, said that while a few sectors of printed electronics, such as screen printing polymer thick films, have been around a significant time, a vast majority of the printed electronics market is emerging. 

“The various contributing components are not as well understood and substrate, ink, curing and printing technologies are far more sensitive in the printed electronics market then traditional printing,” Lindquist noted. “This makes it very critical for co-suppliers to the market to collaborate to enable solutions for end users. Methode Electronics Inc. joined the Printed Electronic Testing Network because, like Xenon, we saw the need for this collaboration to help the printed electronics market emerge.”

Lindquist noted that the company has spent a significant amount of development time on ink interaction with the substrates, curing and printing mechanisms. 

“We are capable of printing conductive circuitry on porous and non-porous substrates and have worked with co-suppliers to be able to offer a total solution to our customer base, making it easier for the customer to put the process to work for them,” Lindquist said. “The challenges from end-users range from initial feasibility, building prototypes, meeting standards that have been based on a different means of creating the circuit, cost requirements although way to taking the plunge to invest in capital equipment for a production line. In almost all applications, the end-user are either innovators or early adopters and change is always difficult.”

Dr. Rich Baker, president of Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, an inkjet specialist, said that working with customers is a far better approach than simply handing them a test kit and sending them on their way without guidance.

“Instead of giving clients toolkits, we want to work with customers to develop the process,” said Dr. Baker. “The reality is that test kits have nothing to do with the manufacturing process. There are so many different fluids, substrates and applications that people will take years and make many mistakes along the way.

“Together, we can offer our expertise to help our customers determine what will work best for their application,” Dr. Baker said. “We feel we can work with our partners in the Test Network to come up with complete solutions. It's a great idea.”

“To end-users determining if a printed electronics solution is suitable for their application, it can be a very daunting task that requires a lot of ‘in house’ expertise,” Lindquist added. “The advantage of the Printed Electronics Testing Network is that it minimizes the contact points to determine if an application is feasible. For the members, having any collaboration which speeds up the adoption of printed electronics is good for the group overall. The more successes in the market, the greater the opportunities that will follow.”

SonoPlot specializes in material deposition technology, including its Microplotters, which are R&D scale devices. Glen Donald, CEO of SonoPlot, said the collaborative nature of the PETN partners is benefitting customers.

“We are developing relationships with ink vendors to create custom products that fit our customers’ needs,” said Donald. “We are able to develop complete solutions that customers can take home with them.”

“Now that we have a good curing solution we can help people who are using flexible substrates,” added Dr. Brad Larson, SonoPlot’s chief technology officer. “With Xenon, we can work with a wide range of inks and cure them in a matter of minutes. We have had several people come to us looking to enhance their operations or to develop new applications.”

The printed electronics industry is worldwide, and the testing network also spans the globe. For example, Peter Schullerer of Polytec, a specialist in measuring instruments, said that his company is seeing rapidly growing interest in printed electronics in Europe. He added that it is good to have the chance to offer photonic sintering expertise directly to customers.

“We see rapidly increasing interest coming from universities and institutes and more and more from the R&D departments in industry,” Schullerer said. “The Printed Electronics Testing Network brings the photonic sintering knowledge and testing capabilities much closer to the customer. As a member, we profit having an even closer connection to the end customers.

“Our customers keep us and our lab very busy,” Schullerer added. “One challenge for us is the huge variety of printed materials, printing techniques and substrates our customer bring for testing purposes.”

Gianluigi Guarato, product manager for Elexind s.r.l., said that printed electronics is a new, exciting business opportunity, and being part of this network helps him become more acquainted with evolutions of this technology.

“Networking always offers great advantage of cross fertilization and sharing of developments,” Mr. Guarato said. “We see the market growing linearly until 2016, then in 2017 it will grow even more, and near exponential until 2020.”

“There is a lot of development going on,” said Mark Dahlin, senior engineer, TEXMAC Inc., which works with Newlong Screen Printing, a screenprinting equipment manufacturer whose machines run the gamut from R&D to roll-to-roll for production. “We can screenprint conductive ink on circuit boards, and Xenon can sinter it immediately. This demonstrates to customers how they can use printing and sintering hand in hand.”

The ability to learn from partners and customers is a benefit for PETN members. Dr. Ramanujan said that the network is already paying dividends for customers and partners alike. 

“We’ve had clients come in already and test their applications,” Dr. Ramanujan said. “It also helps us learn a lot about what our customers are working on.”

Lindquist said that Methode feels that there will be tremendous growth in the printed electronics market, but acceptance of new technologies takes time. He added that PETN will help end-users develop new products.

“Some sectors will adapt the technology at a faster pace and in others it may not make a dent,” Lindquist said. “Collaborations among co-suppliers such as the Printed Electronics Testing Network as well as increased development and end-user awareness will increase the opportunities and contribute to further growth in the printed electronics market.” 

Panico noted that Xenon Corporation is seeing growth in the printed electronics market, with more than 50 installations worldwide at printed electronics sites, many at various stages of moving towards production. She added that Xenon expects 50 additional installations in 2013, and so far, the company is on track.

“We are very optimistic about printed electronics and plan to continue investing heavily in our engineering programs to support this exciting market,” Panico concluded.
 
Aixtron`s GaN-on-Si tool wins Aurora 2013 award
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 16:43

June 13, 2013

After being awarded at the CS awards for this tool the firm has been once again been recognised for its cost efficient MOCVD AIX G5+ reactor used for gallium nitride-on-silicon development.

Aixtron SE was awarded the 2013 LEDinside Aurora Award in the category “Most efficient MOCVD Equipment” on June 11th, 2013.

Aixtron received the award for its AIX G5+ technology for Gallium-Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si).

Aixtron’s system was chosen due to its production efficiency and technological advancement and was already awarded with the CS Industry Award in March of this year.

“Producing gallium nitride based LEDs on 200 mm silicon substrates is a promising route towards a much lower chip manufacturing cost,” comments Andreas Tönnis, Chief Technology Officer at Aixtron. “This second award within a short period of time again confirms the high degree of innovation of Aixtron’s R and D work in close cooperation with our customers.”

With the AIX G5+, Aixtron has created a novel 5 x 200 mm technology package for the existing AIX G5 HT for production of GaN-on-Si devices, offering the industry’s largest multi 200 mm MOCVD reactor. Manufacturers such as the US company Transphorm will build on Aixtron’s advanced GaN-on-Si expertise, expanding productivity from 150 to 200 mm diameter wafers, with the goal of fully exploiting economies of scale from the AIX G5+.

The well-known challenges of GaN-on-Si MOCVD processes are met by the novel features of the G5+ reactor, including modified temperature management, a new gas inlet and a chamber reset procedure. This results in minimization of wafer bow and elimination of so-called melt back effects, maximum process stability and highest uniformity due to a specifically designed rotational symmetry pattern.

 
AIXTRON Plays Key Roles in Two-dimensional Nanomaterial Projects
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 16:42

October 29, 2013

AIXTRON Plays Key Roles in Two-dimensional Nanomaterial Projects

Graphene has the potential to revolutionize electronics in applications such as touch panel displays, lighting and fast transistors. In science and industry, researchers are already looking at further two-dimensional (2D) materials which are also layered in structure just like graphene, known as transition metal dichalgonides (TMDs). AIXTRON, a leading supplier to the semiconductor and lighting industries, is investing in the development of deposition systems for graphene and advanced 2D materials.

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Extremely conductive, transparent and pliable: flexible touchscreens for display technology – one of numerous applications of MoWSeS (Picture: PolyIC)

AIXTRON is a key partner in several European-basedprojects aiming to build value-chains and bring these applications towards commercial reality.

Dr Ken Teo, Director of Nanoinstruments at AIXTRON, comments, “AIXTRON leads the Production Work Package in the Graphene Flagship, founded by the European Union, in which graphene will be produced for a variety of applications ranging from wireless communications to display, sensing and energy storage. We apply our scaling knowhow in the GRAFOL project to develop large scale equipment for wafer-based graphene and continuous production of foil-based graphene for transistors and transparent conductive films. In the MEM4WIN project, we employ batch-based deposition technology to improve the throughput of graphene production for smart windows.”

“We are also extending our portfolio to include new 2D materials such as boron nitride and dichalcogenides - which are inorganic analogues of graphene or, to put it another way, thin 2D nanomaterials based upon molybdenum and tungsten. In the MoWSeS* project, we are applying our extensive technical expertise in complex material deposition to enable those high quality 2D materials to be synthesized for microelectronic applications such as transistors and flash memory,” continues Professor Dr Michael Heuken, AIXTRON’s Vice President of Corporate Research.

“We are entering into an exciting age of new material development and recognize its potential for expanding into new markets for the company. We are well positioned to leverage our experience for future development,” explains Martin Goetzeler, CEO and President of AIXTRON. “Our core competence has always been to provide superior material quality and scaling with the greatest possible process flexibility for industrial applications. I am therefore pleased that our technology is playing a central role in these new projects.”

*MoWSeS, Mo = Molybdenum/W = Tungsten/Se = Selenium/S = Sulphur

 
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