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Plessey Buys Another Reactor For GaN-on-silicon LEDs

This is the second 7 x 6" Aixtron reactor delivered to Plessey
Plessey Semiconductors has purchased another CRIUS II-XL MOCVD system for use in the manufacture of GaN LEDs on silicon wafers.

The company is further expanding its production capacities in this area. The Close Coupled Showerhead system recently delivered with a 7 x 6 inch configuration will supplement an existing production system from Aixtron.

Keith Strickland, Chief Technology Officer for Plessey says, "Our MaGIC (Manufactured on GaN-on-Si I/C) LED product in particular has been successfully launched this past year. As a result, we now plan to step up our production. To this end, and given our positive experience with Aixtron’s CRIUS II-XL system, we have purchased a further system of this type and are thus maintaining our successful cooperation with Aixtron."

CRIUS II-XL reactor

“CRIUS II-XL convinced us with its high throughput rates and low operating costs for GaN layer growth on 6 inch silicon substrates. Moreover, Aixtron is actively supporting us in further optimising our production processes," adds Mike Snaith, Operations Director for Plessey.

“We are delighted by the renewed order from Plessey," comments Frank Schulte, Vice President Aixtron Europe. “It offers further confirmation that GaN-on-silicon, a high-performance, efficient epitaxy process, is becoming increasingly established as an alternative to growth on sapphire. The associated potential production cost savings will further promote the establishment of LED as a light source. Aixtron is well prepared for this market development and will also be supporting Plessey in further optimising its GaN-on-silicon technology."

Plessey Semiconductors is a developer and manufacturer of semiconductor products used in lighting, sensing, measurement and control applications. Plessey’s products are found in a wide range of markets, including communications, medical technology, aerospace and space travel, as well as in the defence and automotive industry.

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