Oxford Instruments Acquire Leading Supplier of HVPE Technology and Processes

Oxford Instruments plc has announced the acquisition of Technologies and Devices International Inc (TDI), a world leader in the development of Hydride Vapour Phase Epitaxy (HVPE) technology and processes. The acquisition is part of the strategy put in place by Chief Executive, Jonathan Flint, to acquire complementary technologies and double the size of the group over five years.

TDI’s technology enables Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology to expand the range of products it already supplies to the High Brightness Light Emitting Diode (HBLED) market. HBLEDs are a very low energy light source and their widespread use will significantly reduce carbon emissions. Oxford Instruments is committed to supporting the conservation of energy resources and the preservation of the environment, and is delighted that this acquisition will strengthen and support this focus.

Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology currently supplies its Plasmalab range of etch and deposition tools to leading HBLED customers. The addition of HVPE opens up the opportunity to deliver products to the epitaxy sector of the market. TDI’s leading edge technology gives HBLED manufacturers the benefits of lower manufacturing costs and improved output that HVPE delivers over conventional Metal Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD) techniques.

TDI will remain at its present US facility in Silver Spring, Maryland to assure continuity of supply to existing customers of HVPE grown III-nitride materials. Tatiana Dmitriev, President, and Dr Alexander Usikov, Head of Research & Development will continue to lead the team.

Andy Matthews, Managing Director of Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology, said: ”This acquisition is part of our on-going strategy to deliver added value to our current and future HBLED customers and gives us the opportunity to supply new markets. We are delighted that TDI will be joining us, and look forward to working with them on developing the HVPE process further for the benefit of our customers.”

Tatiana Dmitriev, President of TDI said: ‘We are very happy to be part of the Oxford Instruments group of companies to further develop III-nitrides HVPE and carry on with the innovative work that my father, Vladimir, and his team have been conducting over the past 10 years.’

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