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Feb 10th, 2011
SemiSouth orders largest commercial capacity SiC Planetary Reactor from Aixtron
Deposition equipment maker Aixtron SE of Herzogenrath, Germany says that in fourth-quarter 2010 it received a new order from existing customer SemiSouth Laboratories of Starkville, MS, USA for an AIX 2800G4 WW chemical vapor deposition (CVD) reactor in 10x100mm- and 6x150mm-wafer configuration.
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The system will be delivered in second-quarter 2011 and commissioned by local Aixtron support team, then used for the production of power silicon carbide (SiC) junction field-effect transistor (JFET) and Schottky barrier diode (SBD) microelectronic devices.

Founded in 2000 as a spin-out from Mississippi State University, SemiSouth is a privately held firm with strategic investors including Power Integrations and the venture arm of Schneider Electric. Holding nearly 30 patents, it designs and manufactures high-voltage SiC power devices for high-efficiency, harsh-environment power conversion and management in applications ranging from 3kW to 100kW (with products in development to serve applications up to 1MW). Products include 1200V and 1700V transistors as well as high-voltage diodes and power modules.

“Aixtron technology is what we are familiar with after nearly seven years experience with Aixtron SiC reactors,” says Dr. Jeffrey B. Casady, SemiSouth's chief technology officer & VP business development. “We now have an urgent need to move up to larger wafer diameters and increase our capacity for power device production. Therefore, it was an easy selection process for us because this machine provides the world’s largest commercial CVD reactor capacity,” he adds. “Moreover, we will achieve optimum time to market because the AIX 2800G4 WW system is the production-qualified SiC Planetary Reactor platform.”


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