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19 November 2013

EVG launches non-contact litho system for cost-efficient volume production of photonic components

EV Group (EVG) of St Florian, Austria, a supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), nanotechnology and semiconductor applications, has introduced the EVG PHABLE exposure system, which is designed specifically for manufacturing photonic components. The system incorporates a unique contactless lithography mask-based approach that enables full-field, high-resolution and cost-efficient micro- and nano-patterning of passive and active photonic components, such as patterned structures on light-emitting diode (LED) wafers, in high-throughput production environments.

The EVG PHABLE exposure system is the first fully automated production equipment to feature PHABLE (photonics enabler) technology from Eulitha AG (a spin-off of the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, Switzerland that develops lithographic technologies for optoelectronics, photonics, biotechnology and data storage applications). Integrating Eulitha’s full-field exposure technology with EVG’s established nanolithography production platform provides a unique solution for the automated fabrication of photonic nanostructures, the firms say.

EVG PHABLEPicture: The EVG PHABLE non-contact mask-based lithography system.

The new system combines the low cost-of-ownership, ease-of-use and non-contact capabilities of proximity lithography with the sub-micron resolution of lithography steppers to provide low-cost automated fabrication of photonic patterns over large areas. This makes it suitable for patterned sapphire substrates (PSS) or to enhance the light extraction (and thus the efficiency) of LED devices, says EVG. The system includes a unique Displacement Talbot Lithography approach that enables it to produce features ranging from 3 microns down to 200nm with effectively no depth-of-focus limitation or stitching effects that can arise from using steppers on substrates with rather poor total thickness variation. It can hence be used to pattern substrates up to 6-inches in diameter in a single exposure step. This approach also enables the system to maintain consistently high patterning throughput (independent of the size of the processed wafer) as well as very large exposure gaps (up to several hundreds of microns) between the mask and wafer, thereby avoiding process-related mask contamination.

“We are excited to enter the commercialization phase of our collaboration with Eulitha,” says Hermann Waltl, executive sales & customer support director at EVG. “The EVG PHABLE system broadens EVG's micro- and nanopatterning process portfolio, providing a unique, very cost-efficient solution to our customers in the LED, optics and photonics markets,” he adds. “The novel equipment clearly demonstrates the synergies of our respective technologies.”

The EVG PHABLE system can produce both one-dimensional patterns (such as lines and spaces) as well as two-dimensional patterns (such as hexagonal or square lattices). Thus, it supports a variety of approaches to enhance light extraction from LEDs. These include LED surface structuring, PSS, photonic crystal applications, nano-wire LEDs and optical gratings. The system can also be configured for photovoltaic, optics or biomedical manufacturing applications.

See related items:

EVG collaborating with Eulitha on low-cost nanopatterning for HB-LEDs

Eulitha unveils PHABLE UV litho technology for photonics patterning

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