Walsin Lihwa and Formosa Epitaxy buy Aixtron tools for GaN LED growth

Aug. 20, 2008
Date Announced: 20 Aug 2008 Aachen/Germany -– AIXTRON AG announced that Walsin Lihwa Corporation, a big group headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, has placed an order for an AIXTRON CRIUS MOCVD system in the second quarter of 2008.Walsin Lihwa Corporation, a new MOCVD customer for AIXTRON, has ordered the Close Coupled Showerhead (CCS) CRIUS system in 31x2" wafer configuration to kick off its plan to become a large-scale manufacturer of UHB GaN-based LED products. The system is planned to be delivered in the third quarter of 2008.Since their original foundation in 1966 as Pacific Electric & Wire Co., Ltd., Walsin Lihwa has become a leading optical cables and wire company, expanding into a successful international enterprise.They merged Lihwa Electric Wire and Cable Corporation in 1969, which is when the company name was changed to Walsin Lihwa Electric Wire and Cable Corporation. The company went public in 1972 and is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange. In 1992, they renamed to Walsin Lihwa Corporation until now.In 1987 they entered the high-tech industry starting with the investment in Winbond Electronics Corporation and Wha-yo Electronic Materials Corporation, although, Walsin Lihwa’s core business remains cable, wire and steel manufacture.Formosa Epitaxy boosts LED capacity with multiple toolsAIXTRON AG today announced an order from Formosa Epitaxy Inc. (FOREPI) for further six CRIUS Close Coupled Showerhead MOCVD systems received in the first quarter of 2008.Formosa Epitaxy Inc., one of Taiwan’s leading manufacturers of ultra high brightness (UHB) LEDs, will use the systems for volume production of GaN-based UHB LEDs.Dr. Fen Ren Chien, President of FOREPI, comments: “After quick transfer of the MOCVD process to our first CRIUS systems in 2007, this is the second repeat order for CRIUS systems and this technology has become one of the main platforms for our large scale high end LED production. That we have been able to make such good progress in the marketplace so quickly is largely due to the excellent performance of the AIXTRON MOCVD equipment backed up by top grade local support.”Dr. Rainer Beccard, Director of Marketing at AIXTRON, adds: “This order for our CRIUS CCS tools confirms the exceptional capabilities in the design and operation of these systems. Time and again customer orders such as this reaffirm how well the CRIUS meets the challenges of mass production even in the most exacting materials environments.”

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