German chemical company Evonik Industries AG and Japanese FPD production equipment manufacturer SCREEN Finetech Solutions Co., Ltd. have signed a contract for a strategic partnership in order to offer best performance of perfectly matched iXsenic (R) semiconductor material, equipment, and process.
iXsenic is a solution-processable inorganic metal oxide semiconductor which is applied under ambient conditions. No vacuum environment is needed which results in process simplifications, high yield and cost advantages. iXsenic is best applied via slot-die coating.
The Japanese company SCREEN Finetech Solutions Co., Ltd. provides a wide range of equipment and services for the FPD industry including high-quality coating machines like slot-die/slit coater (Linearcoater*). In the FPD industry SCREEN FT is the global technology and market leader for such equipment. Evonik and SCREEN FT have been running application tests with iXsenic on Linearcoater for years. Now they have signed a contract for a strategic partnership to jointly promote the iXsenic technology. “With SCREEN FT we have found the perfect partner”, says Prof. Ralf Anselmann, Vice President at Evonik. “The advantages are obvious: Evonik offers the semiconductor iXsenic, SCREEN FT provides the production equipment. Thus, material, equipment and process can be perfectly matched to the customer’s needs. With this setup we will offer optimal service and performance to our customers.”
Material layers like photo resists are already coated today in the Electronics industry but semiconductive layers are normally applied via vapor deposition (CVD or PVD). With the solution-processable iXsenic material it is now possible to coat the semiconductor. “With our partnership we expect faster and easier integration of the iXsenic technology at the customer’s site including higher reliability for mass production” comments Mitsumasa Kodama, Deputy General Manager at SCREEN Holdings. “And not to forget: with perfectly matched material and equipment mobilities above 10 cm²/Vs are not just a champion’s value but reality.”
The strategic partnership of Evonik and SCREEN FT is the consequent next step to strengthen the commercialization of the iXsenic technology.