Aixtron announced that it has delivered a production-scale PRODOS Gen-3.5 Polymer Vapor Phase Deposition (PVPD) system to a major prestigious Asian customer. This system will be used to produce novel flexible electronic devices through the deposition of organic polymer thin films.
A local AIXTRON support team will install and commission the new deposition system at the customer's premises within the next couple of weeks.
Juergen Kreis, Director of Business Development at AIXTRON, comments: "Following the recent release of our new PRODOS-200 R&D platform, this new PRODOS Gen3.5 system has been designed to be a perfect match for our customer's production environment for Gen3.5 substrates (650x750mm²). While the R&D platform with its flexible configurations enables new processes to be developed on a conveniently-sized 200x200mm² substrate, the PRODOS Gen3.5 shipped for this project implements a specific polymer deposition approach on an industrial scale. Incorporating carrier-gas enhanced deposition and Close Coupled Showerhead technologies, it is proof of the excellent scalability of the PVPD™ approach."
Dr. Bernd Schulte, AIXTRON's Chief Operating Officer, adds, "Having seen our PVPD™ systems being installed at other major players in flexible electronics and serving their sophisticated production processes for organic backplanes, we are delighted that AIXTRON's key enabling technology has been chosen by this prestigious company. With flexible electronics still being at an early stage, the prospects for this novel technology are very promising and will allow our customer to develop new applications. These could include, for example, flexible flat panel displays with benefits such as lightweight, ruggedness, low power consumption, color brightness, and superior legibility."
Unlike conventional solution-based polymer deposition methods, this "dry" deposition technology offers many unique advantages, such as control of layer properties, high contour conformity of the deposited layers, continuous change of polymer building blocks (i.e. controlled co-deposition) during the process, and efficient production work flows.
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