Award Winners 2012

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  • Substrates & Materials Award

    High-transparency n-type substrates

    Substrates & Materials Award

    The winner of this category, a high transparency n-type gallium nitride substrate, is the result of clear market need for high quality GaN aiming at LED applications.

    This substrate brings together two key features. On one hand it offers the inherent low dislocation of ammonothermal GaN, which enables a reduction in LED droop and better heat dissipation. On the other hand the substrate offers high transparency, which increases the light output of the LED.

    n-type substrates made by the ammonothermal method promise to enable three adavances in in LED technology: The decrease of the cost of a single lumen; the increase of the LED life-time, and a much higher light output enabling new classes of applications

    Original Entries

    Richard Stevenson, Editor, comments
    "Ammono's growth technique is a wonderfully elegant way to address the challenging problem of how to form GaN substrates. The tremendously flat, ultra-high-quality substrates that result should help to spur further improvements in laser and LED performance."

    'In a very short time Compound Semiconductor has become a key member of our stable of microelectronics' manufacturing magazines' said David Ridsdale, Editor in Chief of the Semiconductor and Solar Group. 'In line with our other products we introduced the CS Industry Awards to ensure peer recognition of the constant innovation that occurs in the industries we work within. The CS Industry Awards has already become a key industry event applauding the best achievements by those working in the field'

  • Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Award

    The TurboDisc® MaxBright™ GaN MOCVD Multi-Reactor System

    Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Award

    The winning product is an MOCVD GaN Multi-Reactor System that provides high productivity and superior performance for LED manufacturing. The multi-reactor architecture is designed to equip today's LED manufacturers with a flexible, low cost of ownership platform in the industry.

    The product offers production-proven technology and automation expertise by combining multiple high throughput MOCVD reactors in modular 2-or 4-reactor cluster architecture.

    The improved reactors feature both expanded wafer capacity and advanced, proprietary, closed-loop thermal control technology to achieve a 25% throughput improvement over the standard offering.

    Designed to accelerate the worldwide transition to LED lighting, the product offers capacity, high throughput, and low cost of ownership.

    Richard Stevenson, Editor, comments
    "Higher throughput and a lower cost-of-ownership are top priorities for LED manufacturers worldwide. Full marks to VEECO for a tool excels in both these areas ."

    'In a very short time Compound Semiconductor has become a key member of our stable of microelectronics' manufacturing magazines' said David Ridsdale, Editor in Chief of the Semiconductor and Solar Group. 'In line with our other products we introduced the CS Industry Awards to ensure peer recognition of the constant innovation that occurs in the industries we work within. The CS Industry Awards has already become a key industry event applauding the best achievements by those working in the field'

  • Metrology, Test and Measurement Award

    Candela 8620 substrate and epitaxy (epi) wafer inspection system

    Metrology, Test and Measurement Award

    The winning product, a substrate and epitaxy wafer inspection system, is designed for the inspection needs of the LED industry to capture a wide variety of mission-critical substrate and epitaxial defects. For LED device manufacturers the product offers automated defect inspection for LED materials such as gallium nitride, sapphire, and silicon carbide—enabling enhanced quality control of both opaque and transparent substrates, faster time-to-root cause, and improved MOCVD reactor uptime and yield.

    Inspection is performed at production-grade throughputs, enabling a true production line monitor of classes of wafers used to produce LED devices. The automated defect classification capability allows customers to filter out nuisance defects and quickly zero in on mission-critical defects of interest. As a result, LED manufacturers are equipped to conduct rapid root cause analysis to speed process development, quickly fine-tune production processes to optimize yields and minimize process excursions, and achieve higher revenues per wafer.

    Richard Stevenson, Editor, comments
    "For years and years, LED chipmakers have had to use wafer inspection tools designed for silicon wafers. But thankfully these days are now over, due to Candela's introduction of tools focused on scrutinizing LED wafers, such as the 8620 inspection system"

    'In a very short time Compound Semiconductor has become a key member of our stable of microelectronics' manufacturing magazines' said David Ridsdale, Editor in Chief of the Semiconductor and Solar Group. 'In line with our other products we introduced the CS Industry Awards to ensure peer recognition of the constant innovation that occurs in the industries we work within. The CS Industry Awards has already become a key industry event applauding the best achievements by those working in the field'

  • Device Design and Packaging Award

    Cree® X-Lamp MT-G LEDs

    Device Design and Packaging Award

    The winning product was designed for high-output, small form-factor directional lighting applications, such as accent, track and down lighting. They are ideal for retail, residential settings, museums, art galleries and landscape applications. They are the first commercial LEDs to deliver sufficient light output for these applications.

    Generating more than 50,000 hours of consistent light, these LEDs are designed for the high-lumen, small-footprint requirements of 35 and 50 Watt halogen retrofit lamps.

    They were the first in the industry binned and tested at 85 degrees C which can simplify luminaire design calculations and speed time-to-market.

    Richard Stevenson, Editor, comments
    "Cree is playing a major role in driving the LED lighting revolution with its incredibly impressive portfolio of XLamp products"

    'In a very short time Compound Semiconductor has become a key member of our stable of microelectronics' manufacturing magazines' said David Ridsdale, Editor in Chief of the Semiconductor and Solar Group. 'In line with our other products we introduced the CS Industry Awards to ensure peer recognition of the constant innovation that occurs in the industries we work within. The CS Industry Awards has already become a key industry event applauding the best achievements by those working in the field'

  • Most Innovative Device Award

    High efficiency SJ3 Product

    Most Innovative Device Award

    The winning company was founded in 2007 to make CPV, the lowest cost solar technology by creating the highest efficiency solar cells.

    Using its proprietary Adjustable Spectrum Lattice Matched (A-SLAM) technology based on its Dilute Nitride material innovation, it holds the world record in solar cell efficiency at 43.5% as validated by the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY's NREL and the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy. The A-SLAM materials platform provides bandgap tunability over the solar spectrum to maximize the absorbed sunlight within CPV modules while enabling a lattice-matched pathway to solar cell efficiencies beyond 50% within the decade. The company is ramping its multi-junction solar cell technology, with a production median efficiency of 42%, to high-volume to fulfil customer orders with manufacturing partner, IQE.

    Richard Stevenson, Editor, comments
    "Dilute nitrides have always held promise. Until now massive commercial success has failed to followed, but that will change with Solar Junction's revolutionary multi-junction solar cells"

    'In a very short time Compound Semiconductor has become a key member of our stable of microelectronics' manufacturing magazines' said David Ridsdale, Editor in Chief of the Semiconductor and Solar Group. 'In line with our other products we introduced the CS Industry Awards to ensure peer recognition of the constant innovation that occurs in the industries we work within. The CS Industry Awards has already become a key industry event applauding the best achievements by those working in the field'

  • R & D Award

    Microscale Power Conversion (MPC) program

    R & D Award

    The winning program is advancing the boundaries of semiconductor technology to transcend today's standards, and create variable-voltage, high power switch-modulators of a new order.

    The winning company will build upon E-Mode gallium nitride technology that the company pioneered for the DARPA 'NEXT' program.

    Research will utilize these foundational discoveries to fashion solid-state, DC-DC switches capable of achieving a composite 75% power added efficiency with 200 volts of blocking voltage, ultra-low dynamic on resistance of 1 ohm per millimeter, and a slew rate of 500 volts per nanosecond. The winning company will then combine these ultra-efficient / super-fast switches with amplifiers developed co-operatively with Northrop Grumman.

    This program is built around power densities that only gallium nitride can deliver, combined with innovative epitaxial structures, advanced thermal management technology and the ability to integrate super-fast high voltage switch-modulators with high frequency RF amplifiers.

    These new, highly-efficient and ultra-compact switch modulators can enable dramatically enhanced high frequency sub-system and system-level defence capabilities, creating a basis for tomorrow's multi-level data communications infrastructure.

    Richard Stevenson, Editor, comments
    "GaN is widely touted as the most promising material since silicon. This wide bandgap semiconductor has already spawned a multi-billion dollar LED market, and with TriQuint's help, it is going to make a big splash in the switching arena."

    'In a very short time Compound Semiconductor has become a key member of our stable of microelectronics' manufacturing magazines' said David Ridsdale, Editor in Chief of the Semiconductor and Solar Group. 'In line with our other products we introduced the CS Industry Awards to ensure peer recognition of the constant innovation that occurs in the industries we work within. The CS Industry Awards has already become a key industry event applauding the best achievements by those working in the field'