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XENON Advances Printed Electronics with New Approaches to Sintering

With over 50 years of expertise, XENON has developed and deployed high energy pulsed light solutions for a broad range of applications. In 2010, the S-1000 was offered as a benchtop solution for silver nano material sintering. Though limited in flexibility, it offered an entry into photonic sintering for ink developers and research institutions worldwide.
 
 
In 2011, XENON developed the S-2000, which offered more flexibility in energy and power, to address the growing popularity of copper-based inks. The S-2100 digitally-variable pulse width system was introduced in 2012 to provide scientists with the more precise control over pulse width and energy delivery required by emerging nano materials. Well received, the S-2100 continues to be the de facto standard for ink formulators. The S-2100 also offered an option for a conveyor or single axis stage for small scale pilot runs or to test deployment scenarios.
 
The total market for printed electronics (PE) is expected to more than double in 10 years. To enable this potential, the PE process will move to roll-to-roll (R2R) high rate manufacturing. As an alternative to oven curing with long cycle times, photonic sintering of conductive inks is practicable in wide-width applications achieving high-speed production. XENON Corporation has pioneered such solutions and is ideally positioned to meet this challenge.
 
 
XENON provided the first practical production solution by introducing the S-5000 - a 10 lamp R2R system with up to 75 ft./min throughput for silver - in 2013. The integrated conveyor, algorithmic flash control, touch-screen display, easy lamp replacement and expandable design support a range of evolving curing and production requirements
 
XENON created the S-5100 in 2014, the world's first high-speed sintering solution for wide-width production. The S-5100 drove four lamp housings, each providing uniform sintering over a 1 meter-wide production line with pulse energies up to 5 J/cm2 . A from-the-ground-up design, the S-5100 features were based on insights gained from prior installations of sintering systems.
In 2014, XENON demonstrated its key strengths of learning, adapting, and innovating by introducing the S-2300. The first system capable of combining multiple energy profiles into a single pulse, this elegant solution provides precision thermal management for thick layers of ink that demand achieving sintering temperatures while penetrating deeper into the ink.
XENON continues to innovate, with two new products at PE USA 2015. The S-2200 offers high frequency Pulsed Light control with an easy-to-use graphical interface. A very cost-competitive solution for thermal management approaches, it offers high peak energy per pulse with an efficient power design in a more compact size that enables greater study of nano ink process windows. XENON will also showcase the X-1100 prototype, a benchtop design illustrating one implementation of the direction that XENON is taking high energy pulsed light technology.
 
 
"For the future, XENON sees exciting applications for Pulsed Light, from compact highly integrated lab systems to higher efficiency production," says Lou Panico, CEO of XENON Corporation. "This is an exciting time to be part of this market."

See it for yourself at Printed Electronics USA, Booth G22

XENON has the new S-2200 Sintering System and X-1100 prototype at Printed Electronics USA in Santa Clara, California, on November 18 and 19. And, don't miss Dr. Saad Ahmed, Director of Engineering, XENON Corporation, presenting on November 19, "Roll-to-Roll Printed Photonic Sintered Copper for Enabling High Density Interconnect Technology". Interested readers are encouraged to stop by XENON Booth G22, or visit www.xenoncorp.com.
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