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2 April 2014

SAMCO to distribute Valence Process Equipment’s MOCVD systems

Valence Process Equipment Inc (VPE) of Branchburg NJ, USA has signed an agreement for SAMCO Inc of Kyoto, Japan to distribute its metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) equipment. The agreement gives SAMCO exclusive distribution rights in Japan as well as non-exclusive rights to sell the products in other areas including China, South Korea and Europe.

VPE has developed a novel MOCVD reactor for gallium nitride (GaN)-based devices including high-brightness LEDs for solid-state lighting. The system’s unique, patented design reduces consumption of expensive gases and metal-organic precursors by up to 40% in comparison with competing products, the firm claims. VPE’s initial product was the GaN-500 reactor, announced in 2011, with a current capacity of 59x2” or 18x4” wafers. The firm recently released the GaN-550 MOCVD reactor, with a capacity of 72x2” or 20x4” wafers.

SAMCO is an established provider of dry etch, plasma CVD and surface treatment systems for compound semiconductor applications, including wide-bandgap materials (e.g. for RF devices, LEDs and laser diodes). While gaining market share in Japan, it is expanding its sales in Europe and North America.

Recently, SAMCO placed a focus on selling next-generation production equipment for GaN power devices. The addition of MOCVD strengthens SAMCO’s product line-up, as MOCVD, plasma CVD, dry etching and surface treatment systems can be bundled to provide a ‘on- stop solution’ for users involved in GaN semiconductor applications.

As part of the agreement, SAMCO will purchase and install a GaN-550 MOCVD system in its facility in Kyoto for customer demonstrations. Installation is planned for July and the system will be used to develop novel power device epitaxial structures on large-diameter wafers in collaboration with a key customer.

“We are delighted to embark on this partnership with a highly respected and capable company like SAMCO,” comments VPE’s CEO & founder Frank Campanale. “Our MOCVD system complements SAMCO’s existing product range and creates a unique suite of products for the GaN semiconductor community”.

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