Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO) announced today the introduction of the
NEXUS(R) TAMR Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) System for next-generation Thermal
Assisted Magnetic Recording (TAMR), also known as Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording
The new system and Veeco's proprietary process deposits a critical optical
structure in the read-write head that conducts the heat source used in TAMR.
Veeco also announced that a global hard disk drive manufacturer has placed an
order for this PVD system to support its deployment of this key technology.
Robert P. Oates, Executive Vice President of Veeco's Data Storage business,
commented, "The hard disk drive industry's roadmap requires continued advancement
in areal density, and TAMR is widely regarded as the next critical technology
to drive densities up to 50 times greater than where the industry is today.
Veeco is partnering with our key customers to qualify our new system for production,
and we currently expect to receive additional tool orders from multiple customers
as the industry adopts TAMR."
The Veeco NEXUS TAMR PVD System deposits critical low-loss films that make
the optical waveguide of the laser. It features heated deposition capability
of the oxide films in "dielectric" and "metal modes" of
operation. These innovations enable high deposition rates and low optical loss
tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3)films. The Veeco TAMR PVD
System leverages Veeco's production-proven high rate reactive alumina platform
and proprietary process control.