Luxtaltek orders Obducat system for photonic crystal LEDs

Obducat has received an order worth $3.55 million for lithography systems used in the mass production of photonic LEDs.

Obducat, the Sweden-based supplier of NanoImprint Lithography (NIL) and Electron Beam Lithography systems, has received an order from Luxtaltek Corporation, a Tawian-based LED maker. The order is worth 22.5 MSEK ($3.55 million) and concerns one Sindre® 400 system and one Sindre® 60 system, to be used for mass production of photonic crystal LEDs.

An agreement has also been signed concerning the supply of consumables used in the NIL systems and the potential value of this agreement is up to 80 MSEK during the next 3-5 years, in addition to the above mentioned order value.

One Sindre® 60 system will be delivered during September 2008, followed by the Sindre® 400 system by end of Q1, 2009. The fully automated Sindre® 400 will have production capacity of 30 wafers per hour for any wafer size between two and four inches.

Luxtaltek Corporation is a Taiwan-based provider of high brightness LED wafers, photonic crystal LED chips and LED modules. It was founded by two leading LED companies in Taiwan: Taiwan Oasis Technology Corporation and Uni-light Touchtek Corporation. Luxtaltek plans to deliver reliable, high-efficiency GaN LED wafers and chips to the market in Q4, 2008.

"Obducat has proven to have a superior imprint performance in comparison to other competitors. Based on imprint performance and cost efficiency, we select Obducat as our preferred supplier for LED applications. In addition, we are very pleased to get the commitment from Obducat to fully support the Luxtaltek production expansion plan for the next two years, which involves another five Sindre® 400 systems and several Sindre® 60 systems", says Sean Lin, President of Luxtaltek.

"We expect to see a quick growth of Luxtaltek and consequently we foresee additional orders regarding mass production equipment. This is a highly interesting market with a potential for NIL equipment in the range of EUR100 million over the next five years, and we are very well positioned to capture a significant part of this," says Patrik Lundström, CEO of Obducat AB.

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