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9 January 2019

Aixtron’s AIX G5+ C MOCVD system chosen for PlayNitride’s micro-LED production

Deposition equipment maker Aixtron SE of Herzogenrath, near Aachen, Germany says that Taiwan-based PlayNitride Inc is to receive an AIX G5+ C metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system for the manufacture of gallium nitride (GaN)-based micro-LEDs.

PlayNitride was established in June 2014 to research and develop nitride-related materials and applications, and is now focused on GaN-based micro-LEDs, having recently demonstrated prototypes of its micro-LED display. In April 2018 Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology approved PlayNitride’s application to set up a NT$500m (US$17m) facility in Hsinchu Science Park to produce micro-LEDs, display modules and panels (with the technology to be branded PixeLED displays). By signing a joint collaboration agreement, Aixtron and PlayNitride are join forces in aiming to technically and commercially enable the step forward to unlock the potential markets.

Aixtron says that micro-LED technology is on the roadmap of all tier-one display manufacturers as a challenger to the existing display technology for next-generation consumer products. Displays made of micro-LEDs consist of micron-sized LED arrays forming individual sub-pixel elements. Compared with existing LCD and OLED technologies, micro-LED displays offer the lowest power consumption while exhibiting superior pixel density, contrast ratio and brightness, opening new horizons for consumer mobile products as well as premium TV displays.

Aixtron says that its AIX G5+ C production tool offers market-leading wavelength uniformity to meet the tightened micro-LED market specifications in a batch reactor high-throughput environment. The system also allows for the low defect and particle levels due to an effective in-situ cleaning technology and a cassette-to-cassette handler (essential for high yields).

“Our AIX G5+ C platform perfectly backs PlayNitride’s product strategy since it allows for outstanding performance in a high-volume manufacturing environment,” believes Aixtron’s president Dr Bernd Schulte.

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