At the SEMICON West trade shows and seminars in San Francisco this week, Veeco Instruments Inc. (Nasdaq: VECO), a leading global provider of precision instrumentation and metrology solutions for scientific and industrial markets, will announce a new ContourGT(TM) Optical Surface Profiler configuration optimized for characterizing high-brightness light-emitting diode (HB-LED) patterned sapphire substrates (PSS).
The ContourGT-X8 PSS combines advanced non-contact 3D measurement capabilities with unique Veeco PSS metrology hardware and software technology, and a Wafer Automation System Developer's Kit (SDK) that provides a tailored solution for PSS quality assurance and quality control applications where high-throughput and repeatability capabilities are essential.
"With the rapid growth of PSS as a vital technology for enhancing efficiency and ensuring color consistency in HB-LEDs, measuring their feature size and consistency on sapphire wafers is becoming a critical step in HB-LED manufacturing," said Mark R. Munch, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Veeco Metrology & Instrumentation. "Now, the ContourGT-X8 PSS gives wafer suppliers and HB-LED device manufacturers an affordable way to obtain high-throughput, 3D surface metrology to enhance productivity, while assuring the quality of their end products."
Ross Q. Smith, Vice President and General Manager, Veeco Optical Industrial Metrology, added, "We have worked closely with PSS wafer suppliers and HB-LED manufacturers to develop the ContourGT-X8 PSS, ensuring that it has the full breadth of capabilities necessary to deliver the required measurements. In addition, we have teamed with leading wafer automation providers such as CHAD Industries to develop a compelling value proposition for HB-LED manufacturers who often need flexibility in automation solutions. We expect the ContourGT-X8 PSS to become the industry standard as a simple-to-operate, 7/24, high-performance PSS surface metrology solution."
Veeco Instruments, Inc. designs, manufactures, markets and services enabling solutions for customers in the HB-LED, solar, data storage, semiconductor, scientific research and industrial markets. We have leading technology positions in our three businesses: LED & Solar Process Equipment, Data Storage Process Equipment, and Metrology Instruments. Veeco's product development, marketing, engineering and manufacturing facilities are located in New York, New Jersey, California, Colorado, Arizona, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Global sales and service offices are located throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and Asia Pacific.