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Cymer, Carl Zeiss form LTPS process venture

Posted: 21 Jul 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:low temperature poly-silicon? tft display? laser? optics?

Cymer Inc. and Carl Zeiss SMT AG announced the creation of TCZ GmbH (Team Cymer Zeiss), a joint venture focused on innovative production equipment for the emerging FPD market. Based on their combined laser and optics expertise, the companies have developed a production tool to improve low temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) processes for TFT displays.

Large-scale introduction of active matrix LCD displays with integrated logic devices, referred to as system on panel (SOP), and OLEDs has been held back to a large extent by the lack of a cost-effective LTPS solution. TCZ's thin-beam crystallization tool will fill that void.

Operational headquarters of TCZ will be located in San Diego, and led by CEO Brian Klene, former executive vice president of Emerging Technologies and Applications at Cymer. Klene will report to the TCZ board of directors, consisting of both Cymer and Carl Zeiss SMT executives. Cymer is a 60 percent owner of the joint venture and Carl Zeiss SMT is a 40 percent owner.

"We identified an opportunity to enable display makers to realize the technical benefits of poly-silicon by combining the strengths of our technology, customer service and support infrastructure to provide a reliable, high yield, high performance, process solution. Our solution means that LTPS is no longer too expensive for FPD manufacturers to utilize, and consumers will ultimately reap the benefits of brighter, higher resolution displays in a growing number of products," said Klene.

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