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AIXTRON, Manz to work together on OLED solutions

Posted: 14 Jan 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OLED? OVPD? large-format substrates?

AIXTRON and Manz have agreed to work together to develop solutions for organic light-emitting diode (OLEDs) production. The collaboration will use AIXTRON's patented OVPD process technology to develop a new system to demonstrate efficient organic layer deposition up to a substrate size of Gen8 (2,300 mm x 2,500 mm).

The new demonstration system will enable the advantages offered by this technology to be outlined with regard to efficient production of organic light-emitting diodes for displays and lighting applications on an industrial scale and at a reasonable prize.

Manz will be contributing the company's experience in purifying and handling large-scale glass substrates and in developing and manufacturing large vacuum systems. As the efficient organic layer deposition is considered a key step in the economically viable production of large-scale OLEDs, AIXTRON's part in this cooperation will be to further develop its OVPD process technology. This way, it will be possible to manufacture homogenous, easily scalable thin films with high material efficiency and deposition rates.

The new system will be assembled in the coming months in a clean room at AIXTRON. As well as demonstrating the proprietary OVPD process and its scalability for large substrates, a key focus will be the qualification of new components. Alongside reduced manufacturing costs, increased output is the prerequisite for achieving greater market penetration for OLED technology, which in turn requires the launch of more efficient production processes in conjunction with the use of large-format substrates.

- Paul Buckley
??EE Times Europe

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