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Epistar qualifies Veeco's new GaN MOCVD system

EPIK700 system meets volume LED production standards

Veeco Instruments has announced today that Epistar has successfully evaluated and accepted the new TurboDisc EPIK700 GaN MOCVD system for the production of LEDs.

"As the leader in LED technology and commercialisation, it is vital that we continue to push our roadmap to reduce solid state lighting costs with the most innovative and efficient production solutions available," said MJ Jou, president, Epistar.

 "EPIK's performance, reliability and production readiness, as well as the support we received from Veeco during the beta testing phase, fully met our high manufacturing standards. The seamless recipe transfer from our installed base of Veeco K465i and MaxBright systems to the EPIK700 is allowing us to quickly produce production-quality LED devices. In addition, the EPIK700's cost of ownership advantage will help reduce our cost per wafer, making it a highly attractive platform for our future capacity expansions."

Based on Veeco's proven TurboDisc technology, the newly launched EPIK700 MOCVD system enables customers to achieve a cost per wafer savings of up to 20 percent compared to previous MOCVD systems through improved wafer uniformity, reduced operating expenses and increased productivity.

"Given Epistar's position as one of the world's top LED manufacturers, we are excited to have achieved this significant milestone and look forward to supporting future Epistar expansions in Taiwan and China," said Jim Jenson, Senior Vice President, Veeco MOCVD Operations.

 "Our goal at Veeco is to help customers further accelerate the solid-state lighting market by driving down LED manufacturing costs and increasing productivity. We are gratified by this strong endorsement of EPIK700's production-readiness."

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