Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq:VECO) announced that Xiamen Changelight Co., Ltd. (Changelight) has selected the company as its primary equipment provider as it enters the market to produce gallium nitride (GaN) based blue/green high brightness light emitting diodes (LEDs) for display and general lighting applications.
During the second quarter of 2014, Changelight ordered multiple TurboDisc® MaxBright® M™ GaN Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition (MOCVD) Systems. In addition, Changelight purchased a TurboDisc K475™ MOCVD system to expand its production of red, orange and yellow (ROY) LEDs.
"In the past we have used competitive MOCVD equipment for the majority of our production of ROY LEDs," said Professor Wang Xiangwu, General Manager of Changelight. "As we make this important move into the GaN-based lighting market, we decided to switch to Veeco's MaxBright M MOCVD system, which we believe will offer the best throughput and cost of ownership to help enable our success and growth in the general illumination market."
The MaxBright M offers a modular, compact design for improved serviceability and up to 15% improved footprint efficiency compared to the standard MaxBright MOCVD system. It features more layout configuration options to fit various fab spacing requirements, including sub-floor storage, enabling more wafer starts per square foot, which translates into a lower cost of ownership.
"Changelight's decision to purchase Veeco's MOCVD platform for its GaN LED production reflects our ability to develop innovative manufacturing solutions with the best performance," said Jim Jenson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Veeco MOCVD. "We have seen Changelight dominate the ROY market in China for some time and believe that, with our technology and its knowledge of the industry, Changelight is well positioned to successfully expand into the backlighting and general illumination market."