19. September 2018 | Press Releases

Plessey chooses AIX G5+ C MOCVD tool for GaN-on-Silicon monolithic micro LEDs display innovation

AIXTRON SE (FSE: AIXA), a worldwide leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry, has received an order from Plessey Semiconductors for the company’s AIX G5+ C Planetary Reactor®. The metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) system will boost Plessey’s manufacturing capability of gallium nitride on silicon (GaN-on-Si) wafers targeting next-generation microLED applications.

With an automatic cassette-to-cassette (C2C) wafer transfer module, the new AIXTRON reactor will be installed and operational during Q1 of 2019 at Plessey’s 270,000 square feet fabrication facility located in Plymouth, UK. The AIX G5+ C MOCVD system has two separate chamber set-up options, which enables configurations of 8x6 inch or 5x8 inch GaN-on-Si wafers to be automatically loaded and removed from the system in an enclosed cassette environment. The system will be an addition to the company’s existing metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) reactors, also supplied by AIXTRON, which provide configurations of 7x6 inch or 3x8 inch with manual loading.

Productivity is further enhanced by the new reactor’s automated self-cleaning technology, which helps to deliver a very low level of wafer defects by ensuring the reactor is clean on every run, significantly reducing downtime for maintenance. The new equipment also provides faster ramp and cool down along with a high susceptor unload temperature to reduce the recipe time.

The AIX G5+ C reactor will support Plessey’s extensive production roadmap to increase R&D capacity of its monolithic microLEDs based on its proprietary GaN-on-Si technology. Plessey’s microLEDs offer extremely low power consumption, high brightness and very high pixel density to create the potential for disruption in many existing application areas that use conventional display technologies such as LCD and OLED.

Plessey’s mission is to become the world’s leading company developing innovative illuminators for display engines and full-field emissive microLED displays. The complex devices combine very high-density RGB pixel arrays with high-performance CMOS backplanes to produce very high-brightness, low-power, and high-frame-rate image sources for head-mounted displays, and wearable electronics devices for augmented reality and virtual reality systems.

Mike Snaith, Chief Operating Officer at Plessey, explained: “Our continued and valuable relationship with AIXTRON allows Plessey to rapidly bring to market its monolithic microLEDs. To help us achieve this, our latest acquisition of AIXTRON’s AIX G5+ C planetary system combines outstanding on-wafer uniformity and run-to-run performance at the lowest cost of ownership – aspects that are critical for efficient high-volume GaN-on-Si microLED displays.”

Dr. Frank Schulte, Vice President of AIXTRON Europe, said: “We are confident that the AIX G5+ C will support Plessey’s requirements in the best way possible to address the most stringent requirements for microLED production. While offering more productive configurations, the tool meets the toughest requirements from the silicon industry in terms of uniformity and particles.”

Addressing all of the challenges involved in manufacturing microLEDs, including high-volume and cost-effective production capability, Plessey is actively engaging with potential customers to use its cutting-edge production-ready microLED technology platform.

 

Download press release 597.9 KB

Our registered trademarks: AIXACT®, AIXTRON®, Atomic Level Solutions®, Close Coupled Showerhead®, CRIUS®, EXP®, EPISON®, Gas Foil Rotation®, Optacap™, OVPD®, Planetary Reactor®, PVPD®, STExS®, Trijet®

Sales

Alan Tai
Taiwan/Singapore

Phone: +886 3 571 2678 ext. 101

Christof Sommerhalter
USA

Phone: +1 669-228 ext. 3893

Frank Schulte
Europe

Phone: +49 (2407) 9030 -768

Hisatoshi Hagiwara
Japan

Phone: +81 3-5781-0935 ext. 510

Nam Kyu Lee
South Korea

Phone: +82 31 371 ext. 3011

Wei (William) Song
China

Phone: +86 2164453226 ext. 101

Products

Dr. Jens Voigt
Director Product Management

Phone: +49 (0) 2407 9030-9022

Service

AIXTRON SE (Headquarters)

Phone: +49 (2407) 9030-0

AIXTRON SE (R&D Center)

Phone: +49 (2407) 9030-222

AIXTRON 24/7 Technical Support Line

Phone: +49 (2407) 9030-999

AIXTRON K.K. (Japan)

Phone: +81 3 5781 0931

AIXTRON Korea Co., Ltd.

Phone: +82 (31) 371-3000

AIXTRON Taiwan Co., Ltd. (Main Office)

Phone: +886 3 571 2678

AIXTRON Inc. (USA)

Phone: +1 (669) 228-3759

Spare parts

Herr Satoshi Fujii
Spare part

Phone: +81 3 5781 0932

Herr Brian Chuang
Spare part

Phone: +886 3 5712 678 Durchwahl 250

Ersatzteile Europa
Spare part

Herr Chanyoung Han
Spare part

Phone: +82 31 371 3023

Herr Colin Wong
Spare part

Phone: +1 669 228-3759

Career

Laura Preinich
Recruiter

Phone: +49 (2407) 9030 0

Sustainability

Rainer Goeckel
CSR Manager

Phone: +49 (0) 2407 9030-1830

Press & Public Relation

Company & Investor Relations

Guido Pickert
Vice President

Phone: +49 (2407) 9030-444

Research & Development

Prof. Dr. Michael Heuken
Vice President

Phone: +49 (2407) 9030-335

Sales

Alan Tai
Taiwan/Singapore

E-Mail senden

Christof Sommerhalter
USA

E-Mail senden

Frank Schulte
Europe

E-Mail senden

Hisatoshi Hagiwara
Japan

E-Mail senden

Nam Kyu Lee
South Korea

E-Mail senden

Wei (William) Song
China

E-Mail senden

Products

Dr. Jens Voigt
Director Product Management

E-Mail senden

Spare parts

Herr Yun Ling
Spare part

E-Mail senden

Herr Satoshi Fujii
Spare part

E-Mail senden

Herr Brian Chuang
Spare part

E-Mail senden

Ersatzteile Europa
Spare part

Herr Chanyoung Han
Spare part

E-Mail senden

Herr Colin Wong
Spare part

E-Mail senden

Career

Laura Preinich
Recruiter

E-Mail senden

Sustainability

Rainer Goeckel
CSR Manager

E-Mail senden

Company & Investor Relations

Guido Pickert
Vice President

E-Mail senden

Research & Development

Prof. Dr. Michael Heuken
Vice President

E-Mail senden

Service

AIXTRON SE (Headquarters)

AIXTRON 24/7 Technical Support Line

AIXTRON Europe

AIXTRON Ltd (UK)

AIXTRON K.K. (Japan)

AIXTRON Korea Co., Ltd.

AIXTRON Taiwan Co., Ltd. (Main Office)

AIXTRON Inc. (USA)

Products

Dr. Jens Voigt
Director Product Management

Career

Laura Preinich
Recruiter

Sustainability

Rainer Goeckel
CSR Manager

Company & Investor Relations

Guido Pickert
Vice President

Research & Development

Prof. Dr. Michael Heuken
Vice President