New Wave Research and Opto System enter collaboration

July 1, 2005
A US laser-systems company and a Japanese equipment supplier are to provide advanced LED wafer-scribing solutions.
New Wave Research, a manufacturer of laser-based systems for flat-panel display repair, semiconductor failure analysis and micromachining, and Opto System Co., Ltd, a premier Japanese manufacturer of inspection and manufacturing equipment for semiconductor-related products, have announced a cooperation to develop and market advanced LED wafer-scribing systems.

Through this agreement, Opto System acknowledges and respects the value and importance of New Wave Research patents. "New Wave Research has accumulated respectable IP rights and expertise in laser systems," said Masanori Otake, senior director of Opto System. "Both companies share the same entrepreneurial culture emphasizing speed and innovation."

"Opto System's extensive history in mechanical systems integration is the perfect complement to New Wave Research's expertise in advanced laser technology and beam-delivery systems," said Pei Hsien Fang, CEO of New Wave Research. "The combination of our individual strengths provides a unique opportunity to set new benchmarks in LED wafer-scribing performance - and expand into other areas of semiconductor manufacturing."

New Wave Research is currently creating a portfolio of patents in methods and devices related to laser applications in the LED manufacturing process.

The company says it will continually work to protect and improve its core laser technologies. "We will aggressively defend our IP rights to the best of our ability," said Colin Chin, president and COO of New Wave Research. "We are strong believers in protecting our IP. We respect others' IP rights, and we expect others to respect ours as well."