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AquaLite Boosts LED Capacity With Aixtron CRIUS II

Since its purchase of 6 CRIUS 31x2-inch reactors last November, AquaLite is seeing a stronger demand for power chip gallium nitride based LEDs and is looking to the 55x2-inch CRIUS II to increase throughput.

Aixtron SE has a new order of one MOCVD system to power chip expert and existing customer AquaLite in China.

The contract is for one 55x2-inch CRIUS II reactor which will be dedicated to the growth of materials for high brightness LEDs and high Voltage (HV) LED production.

The system was ordered in the first quarter of 2011 and the local Aixtron support team will install and commission the new reactor in the second quarter of 2011 at the dedicated AquaLite power chip LED facility within its mainland China production plant.

James Dong, CEO of AquaLite, comments, “As the main supplier of power chip devices in China we have an unequalled understanding of the challenges of volume production of HB LED structures and HV LEDs. We therefore require the reactor with the best process economics, user control and uptime which are all strong features of the CRIUS II reactor."

“Our thorough familiarity with the CRIUS systems and the easy process transfer to the CRIUS II mean there will be few if any problems ahead so the new system will quickly become a major asset. Aixtron has always supplied epitaxy equipment with excellent specifications and back that up with their highly rated support service. AquaLite is seeing a stronger demand for power chip LEDs so we look to the CRIUS II with its higher throughput to boost our capacity," he continued.

“Last November, we acquired six CRIUS 31x2-inch configuration systems for high-power LED production, so I am confident that the new reactor will also be a very worthwhile new addition when it comes onstream."

With state of the art epitaxial crystal growth and chip process technology, AquaLite’s LED chips have reached over the 100 lm/W efficiency, and thus are widely used in street lighting, lighting bars, light bulbs, and LED back lighting units.
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