Business News | Oct 24, 2007

Epistar orders AIXTRON MOCVD tools to boosts GaN LEDs production

AIXTRON AG is pleased to announce the order for multiple MOCVD tools from Epistar, one of the world's leading manufacturers of Ultra-High-Brightness (UHB) LEDs. The order comprises CRIUS Close Coupled Showerhead (CCS) reactors together with AIX 2800G4 HT Planetary Reactor systems, AIXTRON’s Flagship products for large scale GaN based LED production.

The installation of these large capacity systems in 2008 will boost Epistar’s LED production capacity supporting Epistar’s expansion plan strategy to meet current LED chip demand. Epistar’s latest order represents one of AIXTRON’s largest single orders of the year.

Dr. Ming-Jiunn Jou, Executive Vice President, Epistar comments: "We have enjoyed a long and very fruitful experience with AIXTRON as our principal supplier of MOCVD tools. Key features such as high throughput, excellent uniformity and efficient precursor utilization have translated into unmatched cost of ownership and yield. We are now implementing our plans for expanding our production capacity in response to increased customer demand in the emerging UHB LED market. Arrival of these machines coupled with the responsive local support and service should guarantee that we will be able to meet our expansion target."

Epistar has been a major user of AIXTRON MOCVD tools for over ten years and was the launch customer for the AIX 2800G4 HT system, the world's highest capacity proven reactor of its kind.

About Epistar:
Epistar is a leading manufacturer of UHB LEDs for applications such as cellular phones, automotive lighting, full color screens and displays, traffic signals and indicators for electronic equipment; Epistar’s high speed LEDs are also used as lighting sources in the fiber-optics industry.

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