Aixtron installed an R&D "cluster" at their clean-room that demonstrates the core processes used to produce organic semiconductors (deposition of OLEDs and flexible electronics). This new system offers industrial customers (and research partners) an integrated environment that shows off the company's core technologies.
The cluster includes several process modules and supports Gen-1 substrates (200x200 mm). The cluster is built around three OVPD systems embedded in an automated cluster environment and supplemented by various process modules and relevant infrastructure.
In their press release, Aixtron says that the company "significantly stepped up their OLED research and development". The company hopes that their organic semiconductor production systems will play a key role in the market in the future. OPVD was developed at Princeton University, and has been exclusively licensed to Aixtron from Universal Display Corporation. In January 2014, Aixtron and Manz signed a strategic cooperation agreement to co-develop solutions for efficient OLED production, based on Aixtron's OVPD technology. The two companies aim to develop a Gen-8 (2300x2500 mm) system that can deposit OLED materials efficiently.