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Ultratech to open HB-LED development facility in Taiwan

Scheduled to open in the second half of 2011, the Asia Technology Centre (ATC) will contain a class 1000 cleanroom that will aid developing cost-effective, scalable HB-LED manufacturing processes.

Ultratech, a supplier of lithography and laser-processing systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices and high-brightness LEDs (HB-LEDs), has opened the Asia Technology Centre (ATC) in Taiwan. 

The integrated cleanroom provides the capability for leading-edge process development and in-depth demonstrations of Ultratech's Sapphire 100 lithography system, designed for customers in the emerging HB-LED market.  To further support the company's Singapore international operations facility, announced last year, this centre will enable cost-effective, leading-edge process development that can be transferred between sites or across Ultratech's large customer base throughout the Pacific Rim.  Scheduled to open in the second half of 2011, the ATC furthers Ultratech's ongoing commitment to meet its international customers' needs with advanced technology solutions at the lowest cost-of-ownership.

Ultratech Chairman and CEO Arthur W. Zafiropoulo said, "With many of our customers located in the Pacific Rim, opening our Asia Technology Centre in Taiwan enables us to work with leading companies to develop processes and lithography equipment advances to reduce the cost of manufacturing LEDs.  In addition, the facility will be used to provide yield research as well as low-cost patterning solutions.”

“Ultratech remains vigilant in its search for ways to provide low-cost solutions to support the significant growth in the HB-LED markets.  We look forward to leveraging our Asia Technology Centre to help speed the development of cost-effective lithography processes to support our customers' product and technology roadmaps for new and emerging markets," he concluded.

Building upon the cost and performance advantages of the 1500 platform, the next-generation Sapphire 100 system provides the best operational flexibility due to the fundamental benefits of the 1X lens design and market-specific technology options for high-volume, HB-LED manufacturing.  The Sapphire 100 was specifically designed to meet the wide range of lithography needs and cost advantages for the HB-LED manufacturing industry.
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