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Posted: October 3, 2008
IMEC and Taiyo Nippon Sanso Collaborate on Green LED Manufacturing Technology
(Nanowerk News) IMEC, Europe's leading
independent nanoelectronics research institute, and Taiyo Nippon Sanso
Corp. (TNSC), a total solution provider in the compound semiconductor
field, today announced that they have signed an agreement to jointly
develop manufacturing technology for high efficiency LED (light-emitting
diode) devices. The agreement marks the first time Taiyo Nippon Sanso
collaborates with an advanced research center based in Europe.
There is an increasing demand to develop brighter green LEDs for future
applications such as back light for high vision LCD television. Under the
agreement, Taiyo Nippon Sanso and IMEC will develop high-efficiency green
LED device manufacturing technology based on IMEC's compound semiconductors
device technology. Research is mainly carried out at the IMEC facilities in
Leuven, Belgium and builds on IMEC's expertise in strain engineering on
large wafer diameter, supported by in-situ growth monitoring.
"The collaboration with Taiyo Nippon Sanso, a total solution provider in
the compound semiconductor field including metal organic materials, gas
supply system, purification, abatement system and MOCVD tool, enables us to
accelerate the development of high efficiency green LED manufacturing
technology;" said Prof. Gilbert Declerk, President and CEO of IMEC.
"This relationship with IMEC will enable Taiyo Nippon Sanso to position
itself as a leading MOCVD tool maker in the LED compound semiconductor
market;" said Mike Hara, Senior Managing Director of Taiyo Nippon Sanso
IMEC is a world-leading independent research center in nanoelectronics and
nanotechnology. IMEC vzw is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, has a sister
company in the Netherlands, IMEC-NL, offices in the US, China and Taiwan,
and representatives in Japan. Its staff of more than 1600 people includes
more than 500 industrial residents and guest researchers. In 2007, its
revenue (P&L) was EUR 244.5 million.
IMEC's More Moore research aims at semiconductor scaling towards sub-32nm
nodes. With its More than Moore research, IMEC looks into technologies for
nomadic embedded systems, wireless autonomous transducer solutions,
biomedical electronics, photovoltaics, organic electronics and GaN power
IMEC's research bridges the gap between fundamental research at
universities and technology development in industry. Its unique balance of
processing and system know-how, intellectual property portfolio,
state-of-the-art infrastructure and its strong network worldwide position
IMEC as a key partner for shaping technologies for future systems.
Further information on IMEC can be found at www.imec.be.
About Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp.
Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation (TNSC) is a leading global industrial gases
manufacturer, operating in a wide variety of businesses, such as plant
construction, steel, semiconductor including MOCVD tool and diversified
medical fields, as The Gas Professionals. TNSC's business activities are
supported by cryogenic, high-pressure, vacuum, gas separation and gas
control technologies, and they are committed to innovative product and
systems development based on their proprietary technologies. Founded in
1910, TNSC has more than 8000 employees and a significant presence in 12
countries. Sales in 2007 totaled 5,067 million US$.
Further information on Taiyo Nippon Sanso can be found at www.tn-sanso.co.jp/en/