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German Researchers to Use Oxford Instruments Plasma Etch Tool for HBLED Development

Published on July 27, 2012 at 12:29 AM

A leader in plasma etch and deposition systems for research and industry, Oxford Instruments has recently received an order for a PlasmaPro System100 ICP180 etch tool to the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg in Germany, to facilitate its Power Semiconductor and HBLED research programme. The system will run GaN on Si etch processes to enable this research.

PlasmaPro System100 ICP180 etch tool.

GaN on Si offers a step change in technology for the HBLED and Power Semiconductor device markets. Through lower cost and larger diameter substrates the overall cost of devices can be dramatically reduced. Etching forms a vital part of the device manufacturing process and with the PlasmaPro100-ICP180 high etch rate and low damage, results are guaranteed.

Dr Prof. Dr. Alois Krost from University Magdeburg says, "In the past few years research at the University has gone through a decisive change from applied to innovative pure research. As the use of HBLED and power devices continues to grow, these technologies play an important role for improving the environmental impact of global energy and power consumption. We chose the Oxford Instruments tool for our research because of the excellent technical specification and well founded reputation of the processing tools backed up by expert specialist support."

"Oxford Instruments' large Process Applications and Technology teams constantly research to innovate and offer new processes on our portfolio of advanced plasma etch and deposition processes and techniques. By constantly focusing on our customers' current and future needs, Oxford Instruments is able to provide leading process solutions. As an exciting area of research, GaN on Si fits perfectly with our philosophy of excelling in developing research and then driving the technology to production", says Mark Vosloo, Sales, Marketing and CS Director at Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, "The company is committed to meeting our customers' needs through advanced technology and service, and use innovation to turn smart science into world class products."

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