EV Group (EVG), a leading supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, today announced that new customer Shenyang Silicon Technology Co., Ltd. (SST) has placed an order for an EVG850LT automated production bonding system for silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers.
The China-U.S. joint venture firm will utilize the EVG850LT, which was shipped in September 2010, in its state-of-the-art SOI production facility to expedite its efforts to ramp up high-volume manufacture of SOI wafers.
According to SST President Hai Fengtao, the company chose the EVG wafer bonder based on the success of the high-throughput, high-yield EVG850. "As we have already begun high-volume SOI wafer production, we were impressed with the EVG system's performance and capabilities," said Fengtao. "As EVG is the market leader for SOI bonding equipment, leveraging their systems in our facility will help SST to achieve a smooth technology transfer from R&D to high-volume production, while assuring our customers that they are purchasing wafers manufactured on the industry-standard SOI bonding system."
Research and consulting firm Markets and Markets (Dallas, Texas) estimates that the global SOI market will grow at a CAGR of 15.3% from 2010 to 2015 to reach $1.3 billion by 2015, driven by applications such as MEMS and microprocessors used in computers and video games. Investments in new manufacturing plants are also fuelling market growth, as well as R&D initiatives and strategic collaborations aimed at launching new technologies and growing the customer base.
EV Group Executive Technology Director Paul Lindner noted, "Working with SST is an important milestone for EVG, as technology activity in this region of the world continues to expand. Moreover, working with SST marks a further step in our efforts to develop solutions that address today's challenges as well as to explore advancements that will address future needs." This collaborative focus began about 15 years ago when EVG first worked with leading research institutes and inventors of SOI as well as all early SOI adopters. Since then, EVG has added all of the world's SOI wafer producers to its roster of customers, attracting new business with its focus on continuous, customer-driven technology innovation and improvement.
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