Oxford Instruments’ newest tool streamlines batch production for HBLED Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology has just announced an evolution in batch etch technology with the launch of the PlasmaPro 1000 Astrea etch system, a large batch etch solution for PSS, GaN and AlGaInP that will offer HBLED production manufacturers high throughput. The launch is being made at the LED China exhibition in Shanghai this week, where Dr. Mark Dineen, Oxford Instruments HBLED Product Manager will present the new system to the LED China Conference delegates. “The PlasmaPro1000 Astrea is our ultimate batch etch tool, building on over fifteen years experience as a major supplier to the HBLED industry,” says Dr. Mark Dineen, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology’s HBLED Product Manager. “Today’s HBLED manufacturers justifiably demand high yield, high throughput, optimum device quality and low cost of ownership. Our PlasmaPro1000 Astrea large batch etch system offers solutions for all of these.” With wafer batch sizes from 55 x 2” to 3 x 8”, the system has been designed specifically for the harsh chemistries required for HBLED materials. The PlasmaPro1000 Astrea delivers low damage, high yield processes ensuring the maximum light output from customers’ chips. This is a highly configurable system, with process chambers that are available as standalone modules or in cluster configurations, available on a four sided cluster tool capable of supporting up to three process modules. Designed to ensure high system availability and ease of serviceability, key system features and benefits include: • >690mm large area source for highly uniform plasma • 490mm electrode giving unparalleled throughput from batch sizes of 55×2”, 14×4”, 7×6” and 3×8” • High conductance pumping system • Dual entry gas inlet for ease of process tuning • Maximized clamping for wafer cooling • Z-movement electrode for ultimate uniformity • Reliable hardware and ease of serviceability for excellent uptime “This advanced and innovative system has been developed to address the exacting needs of HBLED Production users, who demand not only the very latest technological innovations, but also the superb customer support offered by our company,” Dan Ayres, Managing Director of Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology said.